My Dear Friends,

I hope that you are all well.

As of the 23rd of October the limit on the number of people allowed to attend places of worship and religious gatherings will be 300 people whilst still observing the one person per four square metre rule. (St Paul's is able to seat 130 people on this basis) St Paul's has registered with the NSW Government as a COVID-Safe business.

Here are the latest rules from the NSW Government:

The same stringent hygiene and safety protocols that we have been observing will need to be observed each and every week.

The following measures will be observed to ensure the safety of all who attend these worship Services:

1. People are quite free to decide not to attend Church or any event as I don't want anyone to feel that they must do something against their will (or if they feel that they might compromise another person's health – which is why we have closed down all of our groups).

2. All risk management obligations will be scrupulously attended to, such as observing the need for hand washing and sanitizing, physical distancing, etc. The Holy Water Stoup has been emptied.

3. The Greeting of Peace will involve bowing reverently to those one is seated close to.

4. Communion will be in two kinds (the Priest will intinct the wafers).

5. There will be morning tea in the Large Hall after the 9.30 a.m. Service and physical distancing and hygiene protocols must be observed. Parishioners must be seated after being served with their morning tea and must not mingle.

6. We will fully comply with all government directives and legal requirements.

The mid-week Eucharist has resumed on Wednesdays at 10.30 a.m.

If the situation changes with reference to the government's directives then we will review matters at that point in time.

With reference to forthcoming high holy days we will be observing:

All Saints' Day on Sunday the 1st of November;

All Souls' Day on Monday the 2nd of November;

Christ the King on Sunday the 22nd of November.

We will make plans for Advent and Christmas closer to the time when we know what we are dealing with in terms of permitted numbers and space required.

I hold each of you in my prayers every day and I look forward to seeing you again soon.

With every blessing.


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