Reedy Creek Baptist' Arrangements During The Coronavirus

21st November 2020

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What To Expect When Church Resumes from July 19

1st July 2020

 

Dear Church Family,

 

We are excited that our church services will be resuming at Reedy from July 19. Please come and enjoy our time together at either the 8am or 9:30am services. For those who do not feel that they can start back at church services, we will continue to have an online but scaled back service with the same topics and interviews.  

 

As we will be under Stage Three Government restrictions, you will appreciate that we will need to observe several government guidelines. The purpose of this update is to inform you what to expect during Stage Three Church Services.

 

  1. Before You Attend Church Services

    • If you are not well, please don’t attend.

    • If you are of a vulnerable age or health, please consider staying home.

    • Please plan to arrive 10 minutes early before the service begins.

  2. When You Arrive on Sunday Mornings

    • Witch’s Hats and parking attendants or signage will guide you where to park. Note that seniors or people with disabilities can still access the top car park.

    • In the front entry of the foyer will be hand sanitiser for your use.

    • At all times, please observe social distancing 1.5m.

    • Also, in the front entry will be people who will ask you if you are feeling well and marking your attendance and or receiving names and addresses of new people. Please be patient, read signs on the way in, and observe any guidance from the welcoming team.

    • Once you are inside the auditorium ushers will take you to your seat, please sit as normal, however, if you are not from the same family please leave two seats spare distance between. You will see that every second row has been removed.

  3. Church Services. While we are planning beautiful services with prayers, sharing, creative items, sermons, interviews, there will be some changes:

    • At this stage, there will be no distribution of bread or juice for communion. Jesus’ sacrifice will be remembered but without the elements.

    • Offerings bags will not be passed around however offering boxes will be available in the foyer.

    • Where prayer ministry is offered, there cannot be “laying on of hands”.

  4. Kid’s Program

    • During the 8am service, kids will have the opportunity to watch “Reedy Kid’s Online”. Please bring your devices plus headphones.

    • During the 9:30am service, kids will leave for their programs in their respective areas.

  5. After Church Services

    • There will be no morning tea. If you need water, please bring your own.

    • 8.00am people will need to be mindful of the 9.30am people arriving to avoid “peak hour” between the services.

    • When going to washrooms, wash hands for 20 to 30 seconds.

    • Stage 3 Government restrictions advise that we will need to leave asap at the end of the service. We welcome that if you can meet with others at the local coffee shop or other eateries to engage with each other.

    • If you have any concerns, please raise them with a member of the Leadership Team.

 

While these restrictions will make our gatherings different, it will be only for a season, and we can still make our services (with God’s help) meaningful and uplifting. Let us come with joy and anticipation and allow the Holy Spirit to move within us.

 

God bless

 

The Leadership Team

 

11th June 2020

Update From The Leadership Team

Dear Church Family,

 

Last Sunday the Leadership Team met to discuss times for when we plan to resume services at Reedy starting on Sunday 19th July. Thank you to all those who completed the recent survey. 72 forms were completed representing 165 people. Please note we will ask you to complete another survey consisting of only two questions will need to be completed (Point 6). From next week, more information will be shared regarding various restrictions that the government are asking us to observe. 

 

1. Stage Three Reedy Services’ Times and Reedy Kids. 

 

As a result of people’s preferences and to obey government regulations, Stage Three Sunday Morning Service times will be:

  • 8:00am

  • 9:30am

 

2. Reedy Kids’ Program

 

Most families with children indicated their preference for the 9:30am timeslot, therefore Reedy Kids Program will be offered during the 9:30am service. If, however, your family chooses either the 8:00am or 5:00pm services, Pastor Robbie will have available a Reedy Kids Online program that can be viewed during the service on parent’s devices with headphones. 

 

3. More People Needed To Swap Preferences from 9:30am to 8:00am

 

According to the survey, there could potentially be over 100 people attending the 9:30am service (which will be over the government’s stage three limit for places of worship) and therefore we need people who indicated that they would prefer to attend the 9:30am service to swap and attend the 8:00am instead. Several people indicated that they would be willing to move timeslots if needed. Thank you. Would you mind completing the survey to assess how many are now planning to attend which service? Thank you.

 

4. Sunday Late Evening Service

 

A total of 87 people indicated that they would attend a late afternoon service on Sundays. 5:00pm was the preferred option for most people. However, in digging deeper into the survey the Leadership Team would like to assess people’s commitment to attend regularly the 5:00pm service. We would like to ask those who would commit to the 5:00pm to complete the survey. This will help us discern if a late afternoon service will be viable. Thank you. 

 

5. House Churches

 

In recent weeks various surveys across the churches have been conducted and unfortunately, it has shown that up to 25% of church attenders may not automatically return to services when they resume. A variety of reasons were given such as people’s concerns about their health in large gatherings, those who prefer smaller gatherings, etc. Some of our members have also expressed similar thoughts. With these in mind and seeking what a new normal may look like for Reedy, the Leadership Team have the vision to establish a series of “House Churches” that would meet during Stage 3 on a weekly basis. At each House Church, gathered people will watch the same Sunday sermon, announcements, and testimonies that the people at church would see live.

 

A recognised House Church is where two or more people (Hebrews 10:25) “gather together” weekly for teaching, prayer, fellowship, and to share communion. This is not only theologically sound “They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer” (Acts 2:42 NIV) but is a New Testament pattern, “Greet also the church that meets at their house” (Romans 16:5 NIV; see also 1Corinthians 16:19, Philemon 1:2).

 

An important emphasis of a Reedy House Church is the “gathering” of two or more people. That is, a house that has invited guests who intentionally gathers for worship, prayer and teaching are considered a House Church. Those who gathered in House Churches understand that this is “Reedy Church” for them. Like Sunday services at Reedy, people will still be encouraged to serve in ministries, give their offerings to Reedy, pray for Reedy’s missionaries and those who aren’t well, become RCBC members, be included in attendance rolls, etc. 

 

To help the Leadership Team assess people’s strong interest in being a part of a House Church, please complete the brief survey. Thank you.

 

6. One More Survey Please

 

Now that you know that the morning services’ times will be 8:00am and 9:30am, that we are also seeking how many will be committed to the 5:00pm service, and who would be interested in attending a House Church, we really need you to complete a brief two-question survey. Would you mind completing the survey ASAP so plans can be put into place? Press here to complete the survey. Thank you.  

 

7. Day of Fasting and Prayer

 

The Leadership Team and Pastors warmly invite you to participate in a Day of Fasting and Prayer for the purpose of thanking our God for helping us through the Coronavirus and committing to God our “return”. We have designated Sunday 12th July with a large prayer gathering at the church between 5.00pm-6.00pm. This is the first major Reedy event before all our ministries and groups “return” back from Monday 13th July. 

 

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to Reedy. We are looking forward to worship, ministry, and fellowship with you soon.

 

God Bless

 

The Leadership Team

3rd June 2020

 

UPDATE FROM THE BAPTIST UNION of QUEENSLAND

 

Dear Churches and Pastors,

 

As you would have likely seen we commenced an early transition to Stage 2 of the Roadmap to Easing Restrictions in QLD from midday today 1 June 2020. In the latest update of the Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertaking Direction we see a separation of Weddings, Funerals, Religious and Civil Ceremonies and Places of Worship. Details of this are as follows:


Weddings, Funerals, Religious and Civil Ceremonies


▪ Wedding ceremonies with a maximum attendance of 20 guests. The couple and celebrant are in addition to the 20 attendees.
▪ Funerals attended by a maximum of 50 people, except if an exemption is granted on compassionate grounds by the Chief Health Officer. A maximum of 3 people can conduct the funeral service in addition to the 50 attendees.
▪ Religious ceremonies at a place of worship or civil ceremonies with a maximum attendance of 20 people.
▪ Live streaming of one of the above services may be conducted with the maximum number of people outlined above, including the camera operator, with social distancing observed.

 

Places of Worship


▪ Limited to 20 people at a time.
We also note changes to the record-keeping requirements with information now to be retained for 56 days. The Direction is specified below:


Restricted business (applicable to our churches and related ministries) must keep contact information about all guests and staff for contact tracing purposes, including name, address and mobile phone number for a period of at least 56 days, unless otherwise specified. If requested, this information must be provided to public health officers. The information should be securely stored, not used for any other purpose and deleted after 56 days.


Continuing conditions that remain applicable include:
▪ Social distancing and hygiene
▪ Tracking, tracing, rapid response
▪ COVID safe business WH&S plans in place
▪ Work at home if it works for you and your employer

 

COVID SAFE Plan


Starting from Stage 2 under the Roadmap to Easing Restrictions in QLD eligible businesses who wish to have additional customers on their business premises, and whose business premises are large enough to do so and still meet the 4 square metre rule, will be able to apply the strategies and protocols outlined in their relevant approved Industry COVID Safe plan to do so.


From Stage 2, eligible business who are following an approved Industry COVID Safe Plan will be able to offer their services beyond the limits prescribed in the Roadmap. An approved Industry COVID Safe Plan may specify a higher number of persons for Stage 2 if they have clearly demonstrated measures that satisfy the Chief Health Officer that they can safely do so and continue to meet one person per four square metres. An industry should highlight this as a component of their plan submission.


An Industry COVID Safe Plan can be developed by an industry through a representative group or a group of businesses within that industry.


A Guide for Industry COVID Safe Plans has been created to provide insight into the content that will be assessed when the health authority approves the plan. There is no official template for the plan, the format can be determined by industry whilst following the information provided in the Guide for Industry COVID Safe Plans.

 

To ensure consistency of safety standards and compliance, Queensland Health will only approve one Industry COVID Safe Plan per industry. Where there are multiple associations within an industry these groups should develop a plan together or select one plan to submit for approval.


Places of Worship are not listed as an eligible industry for COVID SAFE Plans, however, Queensland Baptists are working with Heads of Churches to progress the development and submission such a plan for Christian churches across QLD. The QLD Government have not consulted with our Baptist denominational leaders as yet, and so further information on the progress of this will be provided as it becomes available.


In the interim, we encourage churches in their ongoing commitment to working within the restrictions, particularly ensuring their COVID safe business WH&S plans are comprehensive and in full effect. We recognise these obligations are a baseline and that any approved COVID SAFE Plan will articulate best practice guidelines (above and beyond the WH&S) that would need to be met for any relaxations to be afforded.


Please see below for previously provided links to useful resources in relation to WH&S.
BIS COVID Safe Business WH&S Plan
Worksafe QLD COVID WH&S Plan
QB COVID - 19 WH&S Checklist

 

 

22nd May 2020

 

CHURCH SURVEY - YOUR PREFERENCES Re: MULTIPLE SERVICES' TIMES

 

Dear Church Family,

 

On Sunday 19th July, Stage 3 restrictions will allow up to 100 people to attend places of worship at the same time. Many of you are indicating your excitement about coming back again. However, because we have an average of 250 people attend services on Sunday, the Leadership Team have looked into various options and we are of the opinion that offering multiple services on Sundays is the best way forward. Thank you to those who have also shared the multiple service idea with the Leadership Team. We acknowledge that there are several challenges with offering multiple services but believe with sufficient help they will meet our needs during these Stage Three restrictions.

 

At this stage, we are looking at offering three services each Sunday – two in the morning and one late afternoon.

 

We would value your feedback regarding your preferred timeslot. Your feedback will not only indicate what times best suit people but how many will be attending each service. In order to assist with further planning for the services, it is really important for as many people as possible to complete this survey by Wednesday the 2nd of June.

 

In the meantime, continue to watch our Online Services every Sunday at 9am

 

Press here to go to the survey.

 

Thank you for your help.

 

The Leadership Team.

 

 

 

21st May 2020

 

In relation to the 14th May's Update (see below), please note the following:

 

  • For leaders of our groups, it is estimated that attendances at larger activities may be less than they were pre-pandemic restrictions. This could be because people are still concerned about their health, others have adopted another lifestyle, while some are experiencing anxiety about returning to a "normal life" particularly about being busy again. As leaders, you need to be understanding and don't push people to come back. Keep praying that God will not only bring back people but new people as well!

  • The maximum number in each Stage (listed below) is per property. This means that we can't have 10 people meeting in the auditorium at the same time as 10 people meeting in the hall. In Stage One its 10 people on the church's property at the same time, 20 people during Stage Two, and 100 people during Stage Three. Paid staff do not need to be included in these figures.  

 

 

14th May 2020

 

I have three updates to share with you. The first is regarding the easing of Queensland’s restrictions and how they apply to us at Reedy.

 

As of this weekend, Stage One, up to 5 visitors are allowed into homes. This means that any of our Life Groups that have say 7 or fewer people are welcome to meet. However, you need to follow the 4 square metres per person rule and hygiene and physical distancing must be observed.

 

At the church, up to 10 people can gather. This means Life Groups, Prayer Groups, Worship Teams, can meet together as long as the physical distancing and hygiene rules are observed. Customers to Reedy Care Café are permitted to drink and eat from the tables.

  

Volunteers are also permitted to serve at the church facilities. It’ll be great to have you back.

 

That is Stage One. Stage Two basically opens up from 10 to 20 people in homes and at the church. Again, social distancing and hygiene rules still apply. Stage two starts on the 12th of June.

 

Stage Three which commences on the 10th of July opens gathering to 100 people. This means that all our Life Groups and Ministry Groups are welcome to recommence meeting together. I encourage all our leaders to start planning on coming back for School Term 3. This is exciting to be coming back. Again, social distancing and hygiene rules do apply.

 

What about Sunday Services? Officially we can come back together from the 12th July but only up to 100 people. We have nearly triple this number on a good Sunday and if everyone turned up, that’s well over quadruple of that 100-restriction number. There are various options such as multiple services, but that option has its challenges such as doubling the music and children’s teams and observing the social distancing rules. Please pray for the Staff and Leadership Team as they discern what will be best for the church. You are welcome to suggest options.

 

The other update concerns our offerings. A survey was recently conducted with 179 Aussie churches taking part. It asked several questions, one of which was regarding offerings. Nearly three-quarters of churches have experienced their offerings drop by 10% or more. We are one of these churches. Our offerings have dropped by 15% This is to be expected with several families experiencing tougher financials circumstances. This period has been tough for many people. On the positive side, a number of you have swapped over to electronic giving and there are those who save up their offerings envelopes and drop them off at the office. Thank you so much for your ongoing financial support. The church would be in a worst situation if it wasn’t for many who give sacrificially. If you are in the position to give a bit more, that would really help the church. Thank you.

 

And the final update is what will happen with the Next Generation role now that Andrew has finished. A couple of things have been happening. First, the Leadership Team values our families and desires to see the ministries grow and deepen and so we have conducted a survey to assess their needs and hopes. The results are helpful. Second, the Leadership Team have asked Robbie to have an overseeing role for several of these ministries for an interim period and he has commenced forming a team of people who will be assisting him. Third, the Leadership Team are discerning the information from the survey and our financial situation of possible ways of staffing this important area. Did you know that we have 40 family units that regularly attend Reedy services? That means we have 170 people (parents, younger teenagers, and children) that are a part of this ministry. What an encouraging number of committed people we have at Reedy.

 

Thanks again for your prayers, support and encouragement. Our church is alive and I’m really looking forward to what God is going to do.

 

David Moyes

 

 

3rd April 2020

 

In addition to the notices below, the following now applies:

 

  • Unfortunately, only Reedy Staff can operate from our church's facilities. No volunteers are allowed to serve at our church's facilities which include Reedy Care. We apologise for this but we are under the guidance from the Government and the Baptist Union. However, people are still welcome to drop things off or pick up items from the church's facilities (including Reedy Care), though still obey the social distancing and hygiene rules. Thank you for your understanding. 

  • Reedy Care is still proving food relief for those in need (9am-1pm from Reedy Care and 1pm-5pm from the church office).

  • Online Services will continue but much of the recordings will be done from people's phones in their homes and not at the church. On the first Sunday of each month we will continue to take part in communion during our Online Services. Please have a biscuit (or whatever suits you) and a drink ready to take part.  

  • Easter Services will continue to be special times of remembrance and celebration. Please press here to read what is exactly happening. 

 

 

 

25th March 2020


Dear Church Family,

I trust that this email finds you well during these tough times. 

With the changing advice from the government and guidance from the Baptist Union, I want to update you of what is happening or not happening at Reedy. 

Reedy Creek Baptist's Facilities:

  • There is now no groups that are meeting at the church - this includes youth, brigades, bible studies, church services, playgroups, prayer meetings, etc.

  • Reedy Care is allowed to remain open but Karyn Butcher is in discussions about lessening the opening hours. 

  • The church office will remain open yet our four staff members are now working one day a week from their homes on a rostered basis.

  • Reedy Creek Baptist is open this Saturday as an Election Polling centre. Come down and vote at the church and visit Reedy Care at the same time (as it will be open).

 

Life Groups (in homes):

  • There is a strong recommendation from the Baptist Union as guided by the Government that Life Groups/Home Groups ought to cease. 

 

Online Church Service:

  • Due to technical challenges, last Sunday's service was prerecorded (as I highlighted in last Saturday's email). In discussions with similar churches who also encountered Livestream issues, we have decided to pre-record our services on Friday nights and make them live to view from 9am on Sundays.

  • We did have a handful of people who had major sound issues. We apologise for this however at this stage we don't know how to fix it. It appears that the sound problem occurred on older iPhones and a couple of other smartphones. Until we work it out, you may need to watch it on another platform. 

  • 61 people completed the survey, thank you. Press here if you would like to see the results. I have left out the comments as several names are mentioned, etc. The comments and suggestions were very helpful with several ideas to be implemented from this week. Thank you.

  • However, several people asked for a "full band" - unfortunately, this may not be possible due to various members of the worship team cautious about being with others which we thoroughly respect. Others asked for more cameras - we would love to but the technical requirements costs a lot of money. Another person asked for prayer points mentioning names - however, due to the nature of the online service, some may not appreciate their names being mentioned to the general public. However, please read the emailed church newsletter that has personal prayer requests.  

  • From this Sunday, we will be having a video via another YouTube link for the kids! This means that while the adults watch the church service the kids can watch on another device at the same time. 

  • We want to make our Online Service as "Reedy Family" as possible to help us stay connected. One of the ways you can help us in doing this is to send us a brief selfie video of what you and/or your family have been up to during this almost "lockdown" time. For more information about this great idea please press here

  • Links to both this Sunday's Online Service and Reedy Kid's Online will be emailed out later in the week.   

 

Pastoral Care 

  • We pastors have commenced ringing everyone who regularly attends our church. The purpose of the calls is to find out how you are going and offer to pray with you. Expect a call soon. 

  • However, if you have a pastoral need, please feel free to contact us asap. 

  • Please remember that Reedy Care is available for our church members as well as for the community. If you are in need of food and/or personal hygiene items, games for kids, good books and videos, we are here for you! Thank you for answering our call for food last week. The response has been fantastic.  

  • It has been very encouraging to hear of our church members ringing people that they normally see on Sundays. Some of our Life Groups are experimenting meeting together via online (eg. Facebook, zoom, etc). Let's keep "community" happening.

  • You are encouraged to use the church's prayer chain. We have around 50 people on it who are committed to praying for others. Tony LaRoche is our prayer chain coordinator. To contact him with a prayer need you can either phone/txt him on 0407 530 979 or email at tb.laroche@gmail.com.

 

Offerings

  • Last week's offering was down by around $2,400. We expected that it would be lower due to people's changing employment and superannuation. First, we care more about you than money. Second, the Leadership Team are planning a revised budget that will need to be accepted by the church members. If you are in the position to give, our details are:  

         Account name:     Reedy Creek Baptist Church

         BSB:                     704-913

         Account Number: 400-018-172


May our Lord protect you and grant you all hope that is found in Christ Jesus. 


David Moyes
On behalf of the Leadership Team

 

 

 

Special Announcement From Our Leadership Team

 

18th March 2020

 

 

Dear Church Family,

Greetings in our Lord’s name!

I am writing on behalf of our Leadership Team regarding their response to the coronavirus. We had a long discussion as we prayerfully discerned advice from local and national doctors, the government, and the Baptist Union. We are taking this very seriously. We also discussed our mandate to be Christ's light to the world. As you would understand, information from the government changes daily and so this notice from us may change at any time.

As of midday today (Wednesday):

Sunday Services

 

  • Our weekly Sunday 9am Services are cancelled. We appreciate that there will be various opinions about our decision however we are guided by our government and the Baptist Union. It is our plan to “live stream” our services to you starting this Sunday at 9am. We will send you another email later in the week explaining how this works for you. The live stream will feature our pastors leading, praying, and preaching, plus video messages from our missionaries. For however long this lasts, we encourage you to be in the habit of connecting in on Sunday mornings at 9am

  • The pastors are in discussion of how else we can “do church” on Sundays in this current climate.  

 

Ministry/Life Groups
 

  • The Leadership Team understands that it is still ok for smaller groups such as our Life Groups, Let's Get Together, Photography, RT's, and Prayer Group can continue as long as all hygiene is strictly followed, no personal contact if possible and that if anyone feels vulnerable and/or isn’t well respectfully don’t attend your group. The Leadership Team asks leaders of each group to discern with their group if they want to continue to meet. If your group decides to stop meeting, please do your best to check up on each other.

  • The Baptist Union has just informed us that we are to suspend all playgroups and youth-related groups.  

 

Events

 

  • RCBC events like the Tenterfield Getaway is still to be determined in the next few weeks. 

 

Pastoral Care

 

  • Pastoral Visitations, particularly with our vulnerable people with cease for the time being, except in emergencies. 

  • However, our pastors are planning to contact every adult member of Reedy to see how each other are going and for prayer. 

  • If any person has a pastoral need, including practical needs like food, please contact the office. 

  • The pastors will continue to work from the church office if you need them.  

 

Community Needs

 

  • Karyn Butcher has agreed to keep Reedy Care open. 

  • The food pantry is certainly available for any church member.

  • We will advertise soon to the community that Reedy Care has food parcels. 

  • Please note that our Food Pantry is running low as there has been an increase in people asking for food. Church people have been generous in donating money to purchase food however we have found it hard to buy food due to the supermarkets being so low on stock. If you are in the position, please drop off food at the church. Thank you.

 

Church Finances

 

  • The Leadership Team fully recognises that this current crisis is tough for many. If you are in the position to and/or usually give cash offerings, we kindly ask you to give electronically. 

                 Account name:      Reedy Creek Baptist Church

                 BSB:                      704-913

                 Account Number:  400-018-172

                 Please use reference: "Offering" 

 

These are certainly challenging times. Please continue to be in prayer for each other and for our community. Already some of our members have lost jobs while others have had their pay reduced. Some of our members (and their children) are quite anxious. As Christians, we are hopeful people because of our God of whom we serve.  As we were reminded a few weeks ago, through the calm and the storms of life, Jesus is in the boat with us (Mark 4:35-41).

The Leadership Team will be meeting regularly to assess the current needs of the church. If you have any concerns, ideas, thoughts, please don’t hesitate to contact one of the pastors or members of the leadership team.

Blessings


David Moyes
On behalf of the Leadership Team