COVID REQUIREMENTS

please note the letter below from our Bishop indicating the Anglican stance on Covid vaccination status in parishes Pastoral Letter from Bishop Richard 17 October 2021

From the Locum  14th October 
The Impact of Vaccination requirements in our Faith Community
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, fellow travellers
As the push for heightened vaccination levels against Covid 19, intensifies, we are now approaching a very important milestone: the issue of mandatory vaccinations and the impact that this will have on those, who for a variety of reasons, do not want to be vaccinated. The State Government Roadmap for the weeks ahead, outlines the following
for religious gatherings: 
After 26th October:
30 fully vaccinated people with a density quotient of 4 m2.
Unknown vaccination status, the number remains at 20.
This means people who have not been vaccinated or do not have a record of their vaccination.
After 5th November:
150 fully vaccinated people with a density quotient of 4 m2
Unknown vaccination status, the number remains at 20.
These figures are the same for weddings and funerals except 10 unknown for Weddings.
Obviously, from these figures, whilst within our church community, we take seriously the role of individual conscience, the implications of these government rules are very significant.
The difference in numbers after 5 November is very challenging for us. With people of unknown vaccination status coming to worship, we can only have 20 people. With fully vaccinated people we can have up to 150.
I am suggesting, and it will be for the Parish Council to decide, that after 5 November, we will continue with two services. The second service being for people of unknown vaccination status.
To minimise the number of people of unknown vaccination status:

1. Everyone who is vaccinated must ensure that they have their vaccination record, either digitally on their phone and associated with their QR code login, if possible or have the card that they were given when they were vaccinated or obtain a hard copy of their vaccination record. The steps to do this are outlined elsewhere in this pew sheet.
2. Those who have chosen not to be vaccinated for other than health exemptions granted by the government, reflect upon their choice not to be vaccinated. We have access to advisors who can help anyone with concerns about the vaccinations. I would encourage you to seek this help even if, as a result of it, you do not change your mind. In the future, we will continue to do our best to respect each person’s right to make a decision according to their conscience. It is always important and particularly in our church communities, to listen to and take seriously, minority voices. We have a responsibility to ensure that accepted ideas are true. Consequently, any critique on them needs to be seriously considered. Our Bishop, Richard Treloar, in reflecting upon the challenge that this issue raises, said:
“As Anglicans we have a strong sense of our mutual belonging in the Body of Christ and of the responsibilities that go with that privilege – including our duty of care to the wider community, especially the most vulnerable. At the same time, we take seriously the role of individual conscience and treasure a polity that embraces difference and celebrates diversity.”
I know these times are hard and this is challenging for some, at least, but we are in times where there are things we cannot avoid. We share and strengthen our faith by how we respond to the challenges. Please feel welcome to discuss this with me, particularly, if you have concerns.
Yours in Christ’s love
(Rev) Bruce Charles – Locum Priest

COVID IMMUNISATION CERTIFICATE
Proof of Covid19 Vaccination will soon be required to access public places in Victoria.
Vaccination certificates will be checked at Christ church over the next few weeks.
The 2 ways to show proof of your vaccinations.
• a digital copy, visit MyGov and download onto your phone.
• For a hardcopy, phone Australia Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.
You will be asked to provide your name, date of birth and Medicare
number for an Immunisation History Statement. This will be mailed to you
and will take about 2 weeks to arrive.

We will need to cite your certificate to attend church under the conditions required for Double Vaccinated requirements.

church workers/volunteers will need to have a copy kept at the church which will be securely stored. If you need help, please contact the church office on a Wednesday.