St. Johns German Lutheran Church

St. John's German Lutheran Church

St. Johns German Lutheran Church

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St. John's Worship Update

St.John's Gottesdienst Update

15/05/2020 Statement for Worships @ St.John's in Springvale

Dear congregation

There may indeed be an easing of restrictions as we move out of Stage 3 lockdown, but this does not necessarily signal the time to celebrate.  Coronavirus is here to stay for while – it’s the ‘new normal’!  We cannot afford to become complacent just because we have experienced low infection and death rates.  The risk still exists, and we need to reckon with new infection clusters continually emerging.  Events in recent months have highlighted the significant risk to elderly citizens in our community and those with health issues that compromise their resistance to recovery.  If we all play our part to act responsibly, we can help to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  How cautiously we act and what measures to put in place to prevent harm is likely to be the source of much controversy and division in our community.  All the more reason, therefore, for us to proceed with respect, patience, and prudence as we face this ongoing threat together.

Under new arrangements effective from 12 May, Places of Worship may now re-open for small religious or worship ceremonies of up 10 people.  Victorian Health and Human Services have given specific directives that will assist us all to stay safe, that we as an organisation are obliged to implement and practice.  St. John’s acknowledges that such restrictions will continue to impact our ability to conduct our routine activities until July or August.  In implementing changes to our traditional events, we seek your patience and understanding. 

It is intended that small groups will be permitted to gather on our premises at Springvale.  It is important, however, for the Elders to have the confidence that any groups requesting to utilise our premises for meetings, agree to observe and uphold the following safety practices and hygiene procedures with their invitees.  We trust that, in communicating these practices and procedures, it gives clarity to our expectations for compliance from all users. 

These measures will apply at least until the end of May:

Please note that participation will not be possible without prior registration and approval

  • Prior to attending, please confirm with the group leader whether the event can take place and ensure details of date and time are still relevant and correct.
  • Ministry Group Leaders are requested to notify Pastor Peter Demuth or the Office Administrator (Tim Lewinski) when they plan to convene a meeting
  • All attendees will be required to register their details on an Attendance Record Sheet (name & contact number) and declare their responses to three questions:
    • Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, or sore throat?
    • Have you, or have you been in contact with anyone who has, returned from overseas in the last 14 days?
    • Have you, or have you been in contact with anyone who, has been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 or suspected to be infected with the virus?
  •  Ministry Group Leaders will be required to make themselves familiar with the Practices and Procedures Information Pack and to accept responsibility for their implementation whilst on site with the group.
  • Hopefully, it will be possible to plan for the next step more confidently in June.  In the meantime, we recommend that groups proceed slowly and cautiously.

Please understand that prior confirmation is required for you to attend any groups

WORSHIP SERVICES:

We acknowledge that the ability to worship is the main reason our church exists and remain the main function our church community performs.  Recorded online services will continue to be available in both languages until at least the end of May.  It is proposed that up to 10 worshippers will be invited to attend these services for the remaining three Sundays in May.  Parishioners are requested to register their participation.  If all 10 places are already reserved at the time of your request, you will be placed on a priority list with the view that you will be invited to attend in the following week.  Adherence to prescribed distancing and hygiene regulations will be expected of all attendees.

Please phone +61 411 126 900 or email  pastor@stjohnsgerman.com

The wearing of face masks will remain a personal choice.

SAFETY PRACTICES:

  1. Keep your distance – stay 1.5 metres away from others
  • Do not engage in shaking hands, hugging or kissing as a greeting.
  • Ensure a distance of at least 1.5 metres is kept between yourself and others.
  1. Practise good personal hygiene
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Do not share drink bottles, crockery or cutlery.
  • Get vaccinated for flu (influenza)
  1. Stay home if you are sick
  • If you are sick, do not visit anyone, especially vulnerable people.
  • If you feel unwell, even if you have tested negative for coronavirus, you should stay at home until completely well and it has been 3 days (72 hours) since your last fever.
  • If you have the symptoms of coronavirus you should get tested. 
  1. Cleaning
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser when you arrive home, at family’s houses, or church.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly e.g. phones, keyboards, door handles, light switches, bench tops, sink taps.
  • Follow advice on cleaning and disinfecting to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading (see attached cleaning Information Sheet as outlined by Vict. Health & Human Serv.))
  1. Stay at home
  • You should only be outside for one of the following five reasons:
    • shopping for food and other necessary goods and services 
    • accessing medical services or provide caregiving
    • attending work or education where you can’t do those things from home
    • exercise and recreation activities while adhering to the rules
    • visiting friends, family and loved ones 
  1. Stay connected as a community
  • Stay informed.
  • Support others in your community. Look out for your neighbours and family members.
  • Where possible, keep connected to your family, friends and work colleagues through phone, email and social media. 
  • Do not panic buy foods, medicines, or other goods. 
  • Download the Government’s COVIDSafe App

CLEANING  PROCEDURES  (for communal hygiene):

Please refer to the “Cleaning and Disinfecting to Reduce COVID-19 transmission information sheet and follow the prescriptive guidelines.

Group Leaders will be required to perform several tasks prior to and after using the facilities.  Supplies of all necessary cleaning materials will be found in specifically marked crates in two locations: in the church foyer and in the multi-purpose hall.  Please ensure that these are returned to the same location before leaving.

The crates will contain:

  • Hand gloves (recommended for cleaning)
  • Paper towels
  • Disinfectant surface spray
  • Hand sanitising lotion (60+% alcohol)
  • Some face masks (not required for routine cleaning)

Please ensure surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and then disinfected BEFORE and AFTER using the premises in accordance with the “Cleaning and Disinfecting to Reduce COVID-19 transmission” information sheet.

More Information here: Cleaning and disinfecting to reduce COVID-19 transmission Tips for non-healthcare settings

15.05.2020 Stellungnahme für Gottesdienste in der Johannesgemeinde 

Dear congregation

There may indeed be an easing of restrictions as we move out of Stage 3 lockdown, but this does not necessarily signal the time to celebrate.  Coronavirus is here to stay for while – it’s the ‘new normal’!  We cannot afford to become complacent just because we have experienced low infection and death rates.  The risk still exists, and we need to reckon with new infection clusters continually emerging.  Events in recent months have highlighted the significant risk to elderly citizens in our community and those with health issues that compromise their resistance to recovery.  If we all play our part to act responsibly, we can help to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  How cautiously we act and what measures to put in place to prevent harm is likely to be the source of much controversy and division in our community.  All the more reason, therefore, for us to proceed with respect, patience, and prudence as we face this ongoing threat together.

Under new arrangements effective from 12 May, Places of Worship may now re-open for small religious or worship ceremonies of up 10 people.  Victorian Health and Human Services have given specific directives that will assist us all to stay safe, that we as an organisation are obliged to implement and practice.  St. John’s acknowledges that such restrictions will continue to impact our ability to conduct our routine activities until July or August.  In implementing changes to our traditional events, we seek your patience and understanding. 

It is intended that small groups will be permitted to gather on our premises at Springvale.  It is important, however, for the Elders to have the confidence that any groups requesting to utilise our premises for meetings, agree to observe and uphold the following safety practices and hygiene procedures with their invitees.  We trust that, in communicating these practices and procedures, it gives clarity to our expectations for compliance from all users. 

These measures will apply at least until the end of May:

Please note that participation will not be possible without prior registration and approval

  • Prior to attending, please confirm with the group leader whether the event can take place and ensure details of date and time are still relevant and correct.
  • Ministry Group Leaders are requested to notify Pastor Peter Demuth or the Office Administrator (Tim Lewinski) when they plan to convene a meeting
  • All attendees will be required to register their details on an Attendance Record Sheet (name & contact number) and declare their responses to three questions:
    • Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, or sore throat?
    • Have you, or have you been in contact with anyone who has, returned from overseas in the last 14 days?
    • Have you, or have you been in contact with anyone who, has been diagnosed positive for COVID-19 or suspected to be infected with the virus?
  •  Ministry Group Leaders will be required to make themselves familiar with the Practices and Procedures Information Pack and to accept responsibility for their implementation whilst on site with the group.
  • Hopefully, it will be possible to plan for the next step more confidently in June.  In the meantime, we recommend that groups proceed slowly and cautiously.

Please understand that prior confirmation is required for you to attend any groups

WORSHIP SERVICES:

We acknowledge that the ability to worship is the main reason our church exists and remain the main function our church community performs.  Recorded online services will continue to be available in both languages until at least the end of May.  It is proposed that up to 10 worshippers will be invited to attend these services for the remaining three Sundays in May.  Parishioners are requested to register their participation.  If all 10 places are already reserved at the time of your request, you will be placed on a priority list with the view that you will be invited to attend in the following week.  Adherence to prescribed distancing and hygiene regulations will be expected of all attendees.

Please phone +61 411 126 900 or email  pastor@stjohnsgerman.com

The wearing of face masks will remain a personal choice.

SAFETY PRACTICES:

  1. Keep your distance – stay 1.5 metres away from others
  • Do not engage in shaking hands, hugging or kissing as a greeting.
  • Ensure a distance of at least 1.5 metres is kept between yourself and others.
  1. Practise good personal hygiene
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitiser.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Do not share drink bottles, crockery or cutlery.
  • Get vaccinated for flu (influenza)
  1. Stay home if you are sick
  • If you are sick, do not visit anyone, especially vulnerable people.
  • If you feel unwell, even if you have tested negative for coronavirus, you should stay at home until completely well and it has been 3 days (72 hours) since your last fever.
  • If you have the symptoms of coronavirus you should get tested. 
  1. Cleaning
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser when you arrive home, at family’s houses, or church.
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly e.g. phones, keyboards, door handles, light switches, bench tops, sink taps.
  • Follow advice on cleaning and disinfecting to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading (see attached cleaning Information Sheet as outlined by Vict. Health & Human Serv.))
  1. Stay at home
  • You should only be outside for one of the following five reasons:
    • shopping for food and other necessary goods and services 
    • accessing medical services or provide caregiving
    • attending work or education where you can’t do those things from home
    • exercise and recreation activities while adhering to the rules
    • visiting friends, family and loved ones 
  1. Stay connected as a community
  • Stay informed.
  • Support others in your community. Look out for your neighbours and family members.
  • Where possible, keep connected to your family, friends and work colleagues through phone, email and social media. 
  • Do not panic buy foods, medicines, or other goods. 
  • Download the Government’s COVIDSafe App

CLEANING  PROCEDURES  (for communal hygiene):

Please refer to the “Cleaning and Disinfecting to Reduce COVID-19 transmission information sheet and follow the prescriptive guidelines.

Group Leaders will be required to perform several tasks prior to and after using the facilities.  Supplies of all necessary cleaning materials will be found in specifically marked crates in two locations: in the church foyer and in the multi-purpose hall.  Please ensure that these are returned to the same location before leaving.

The crates will contain:

  • Hand gloves (recommended for cleaning)
  • Paper towels
  • Disinfectant surface spray
  • Hand sanitising lotion (60+% alcohol)
  • Some face masks (not required for routine cleaning)

Please ensure surfaces are thoroughly cleaned and then disinfected BEFORE and AFTER using the premises in accordance with the “Cleaning and Disinfecting to Reduce COVID-19 transmission” information sheet.

More Information here: Cleaning and disinfecting to reduce COVID-19 transmission Tips for non-healthcare settings