Latest information from Pastor Darryl and the PST in regards to COVID-19 and Brookside Baptist Church

Brookside Baptist Church has registered with the NSW Government as a COVID Safe Business. For more information please see the Brookside covid-19-safety-plan-places-of-worship

Brookside Baptist Church Hall has registered with the NSW Government as a COVID Safe Business. For more information please see theBrookside covid-19_community-centres-and-halls

Covid plans from December 15th

Dear friends and families of Brookside.

As of today, Wednesday the 15th of December, we are excited to say that public health orders have changed.  These changes affect our Sunday services from Sunday 19th December onwards.

  • There is no longer any capped occupancy requirement.

This means that we don’t need to worry about the number of people attending each Sunday.

  • The wearing of masks will no longer be required.

However, the NSW Government is still encouraging people to wear masks if social distancing is not possible. Therefore, if you still feel like wearing a mask you are more than welcome to do so, however, we will not be requiring you to wear one.

  • All people are allowed to sing.

So, let’s make a joyful noise unto the Lord!

  • Morning tea is allowed to recommence.

Although due to Christmas and volunteer availability this will most likely recommence in the New Year.

  • We are still requesting that you still use the QR code or manual sign-in.

We are thankful to our God and the NSW Government for keeping us safe during this time and acknowledge that health orders might need to change again. Thank you, Brookside, for your willingness to comply with Health Orders and keep our community safe.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email them to Darryl or another member of the PST. On behalf of myself and the PST, we thank you for your understanding at this time as we navigate through a period of changes once again.

May God guide us all at this time.

Blessings Darryl and the PST

WHAT PRECAUTIONS CAN PEOPLE TAKE WHEN THEY COME TO OUR BUILDING?

We encourage everyone to take certain steps to protect themselves and others from the coronavirus, flu, and other illnesses, including:

ON ARRIVAL, USE HAND SANITISER PROVIDED IN THE FOYER

  • Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds BEFORE YOU ARRIVE at church AND WHEN YOU ARRIVE HOME;
  • Using hand sanitiser when soap and water is not available;
  • Not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Avoiding close contact with people, especially those who are sick;
  • Staying home if you are sick;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze;
  • Disinfecting objects and surfaces regularly

I came across this saying the other day. The church never closed. We adapted! Rather than be part of the problem, we became part of the solution. We found new ways to worship God and new ways to serve a broken world. And that is what we still need to do. We need to adapt and show grace.

We also want to thank you for your support of our church and of each other at this time.

Pastor Darryl Spicer

Guiding principles

  1. Our first concern is towards the health and safety of all members of Brookside Baptist Church and to the local community
  2. We want to be part of the solution, not part of the problem
  3. Our mission has not changed, but we need to be creative with our methods
  4. The church is not a building, it is the people
  5. We want to be wise and safe when it comes to gradually opening-up
  6. Once the advice changes, we are aiming to start our changes the following week.