Covid-19 Updates

This page was updated on 19th August 2020.

Introduction

Gathering as a church is going to look different for a while during the Covid-19 pandemic.  From June 1, 2020 it became possible to meet together in smaller groups and from July 1, 2020 it was possible to restart most general church activities, but social distancing requirements and maximum groups sizes still prevent the church going back to “normal” Sunday meetings.  This could be the case until possibly 2021-22 when either vaccines, effective treatments or sufficient immunity in the population allows for the relaxation of social distancing rules.  This page gives up-to-date information for what it looks like for us to meet as a church and how we are adapting to upcoming changes.

Delayed Central Connection Point

Currently, it is not possible for us to invite a larger group of people to be present during the broadcast of the live-stream as we desired.  We continue to work with our venue and seek a solution to this in the future.

Changes to Life Groups from September

When our Life Groups restart in September we will be following the advice of the government that there is a maximum of 6 adult guests visiting anyone’s home.  Since the space required for social distancing is already restrictive, this change should not affect too many groups as we have already tried to reduce our group sizes by starting new groups earlier in the year.

Special Functions (e.g. baptisms, marriages, etc.)

As part of our regular worship as a Christian community we need to in some cases break social distancing rules (i.e. coming within 1.5 m of other people).  This applies to performing baptisms, giving communion, marriage, laying on of hands to pray, and the anointing of the sick.  During this time, these functions can only be done by those who have been designated as pastors (voorgangers).  These people are currently the eldership couples of the church.  In addition, all participants need to have a health check beforehand and sign the following form.