Welcome Home

Welcome home.

We are so glad you can join us for church this weekend. After a long season of not being able to gather in person, we know there may be some uncertainty about what to expect as you come back. We hope the info below helps to ease any worries for you! Have a read, and if you would like to chat to one of our staff team please get in touch with us by calling 8858 1111 or emailing info@spch.org.au

We can’t tell you how much we are looking forward to welcoming our church family back into the building

REGISTRATIONS OPEN AT 3PM TUESDAY

 

All information correct as of Tuesday 3rd November

 

WHICH SERVICES WILL BE MEETING IN PERSON?

For our first Sunday back on 1st November, we will be starting with 8am, 10am and 7pm. We can have 180 people attending each of these services.
The 10am service will also include our kids program (180 children in the CEC).*
*Sunday 68 will return on Sunday 15th November.
As we are able to over the coming weeks, we hope to also be able to resume our 5pm service.

 

HOW DO WE REGISTER?

Simply select your service above, choose your number of tickets, and make sure to enter each family member name. If you are registering on behalf of other attendees, you will need to enter each of their names. If you will have children in church with you, any age, they will need to be registered as a church congregation member.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR 10AM – you will notice there are two ticket types as shown below.
When you choose your ticket type, you will be counted towards the total number of people allowed in that building. Therefore, if your children need to leave the kids program in the CEC for any reason, they may not be able to come back and join you in the main church building if our capacity has been reached for that service. There will be spaces outside or in the pavilion where you can hear the service.
If you plan to have your children in church with you for the whole service, please register them as a 10am congregation member.
For Sunday 68, until they return on 15th November, please register them as a 10am congregation member.

 

I AM A VOLUNTEER, DO I NEED TO REGISTER?

YES – Anyone serving on Sunday in roles such as music, production, welcoming etc will need to be register.
Please select the option for Volunteers at the service you attend.

 

WHAT TIME SHOULD WE ARRIVE?

In this Covid season, there will be a registration and check-in process as you arrive to church. For this reason, it may take us a little longer to get everyone into church, so we ask that you arrive 20 mins before the service
For 8am, this is a 7:40am arrival.
For 10am, this is a 9:40am arrival.
If you have children in our kids program, we ask that you arrive at 9:30am, as our kids program will begin at 9:50am.
*In line with Diocesan recommendations, we must stagger the start times of gatherings happening in separate buildings.
For 7pm, this is a 6:40pm arrival.

 

WHAT DO WE DO WHEN WE ARRIVE?

If in doubt, follow the lead of our welcoming team and Covid marshals (you will spot them by their lanyards or marshal vests)
There are a few steps that will happen as you arrive to church:
1) You will notice QR codes around the site. One person per family will need to scan this and fill in details for contact tracing purposes.
2) You will then need to head to a rego desk, where we will mark your name off our registration list. 
3) You will be given a sticker to say we have marked you off and you are all good to head into church or the kids program.
4) As you enter the building, our friendly Covid marshals will help you to find a seat.

WHAT HAS CHANGED INSIDE THE CHURCH BUILDING?

Don’t worry, it is still your church home!
It might just look and feel a little different to what we are used to:
-Our fabric chairs have been removed and replaced by the red plastic chairs. This is to allow us to thoroughly and safely clean them after each service.
-Chairs will be spaced 1.5m apart from each other. Families/household groups will be welcome to pull chairs together, under direction of our Covid marshals.
-For now, our Feeding Mother’s Room has been repurposed. We will be combining the Toddler’s room and Feeding room for a short time – please ask our Covid marshals if you are unsure where to go.
-The sound and lighting desk has been moved into the centre of the room. Our foyer area now has a large screen to optimise viewing and audio for those sitting in that area.
-You may notice more ‘gear’ inside the church, particularly cables, platform risers, and cameras – this equipment and infrastructure allow us to continue to Live Stream our services, blessing those who can’t be in the building with us.

 

WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT DURING THE SERVICE?

God’s people gathered, to pray together, open His word, worship Him, and be in community with the body of believers!
We will be continuing to Live Stream our 10am service, so you may notice our language is inclusive of those in the building, as well as those joining us online. From the platform, you may also notice those leading us will be making eye contact with the cameras so we continue to engage our online congregation.
It might seem a little awkward – we will all get used to it in time!
Our service will follow a similar pattern to what it always has, including welcoming, a time of prayer and bible reading, a message from one of our preachers, and worship. We also hope to include some new elements that have been well-received during our online season, such as incorporating a QNA time at the end of our 10am service.
As our service finishes, we will ask everyone to wipe their chair down with a disinfectant wipe, which you will dispose of as you leave.
We ask that at the end of the service, you depart from the property without staying around to mingle and chat – we know this is part of the joy of meeting on Sundays, but for this season it is a sacrifice we will need to make.

 

WHAT WILL BE HAPPENING IN OUR KIDS PROGRAM?

The great news is that for our kids, church will feel pretty ‘normal’.
They will be able to play games, do craft, sing (yep, we are jealous), have a time of bible reading, teaching, and prayer.
They will have their regular kids team leaders heading up the program, under the leadership of our new Children’s Minister Linda and Assistant Children’s Minister Naomi.
As mentioned above, one main difference is that the program will START at 9:50am, not 10am. We will finish at 11:10am.

 

CAN WE SING?

The current NSW health and Sydney Diocesan guidelines do not allow us to sing.
However, we will be continuing to have a time of worship, and we have been given the OK to hum along with the worship leaders!

 

DO WE NEED TO WEAR MASKS?

There is no requirement to wear a mask.
We encourage you to do what you feel most comfortable doing – for many, this will be continuing to wear a mask. Our staff will be in masks, as will some of our volunteers.

 

WHAT OTHER SPECIFIC COVID REQUIREMENTS SHOULD WE BE AWARE OF?

We ask that you practise good personal hygiene, and sanitise your hands on arrival – there will be hand sanitiser at all rego desks, entries and exits of the church, and on wall brackets around the site. Please socially distance and keep 1.5m apart from anyone not part of your household.  Do not attend church if you are feeling unwell and experiencing any symptoms.

We know this will be hard after not seeing each other for so long, but you will need to refrain from physical greetings.

If you have registered, but cannot attend for health reasons, please let us know as soon as practically possible, so that we can open up your seat to others wanting to attend.

WILL WE BE CELEBRATING COMMUNION?

No, at this time we will not be participating in the Lord’s Supper at any of our services.

 

WILL WE BE COLLECTING OFFERTORY?

We encourage you to continue giving online via EFT or Pushpay where possible www.stpauls.church/give

We will not be taking a cash offertory during our services.

Thank you for your generosity in continuing to support our work locally and globally.

 

WILL MALACCIS COFFEE BE RUNNING?

No, not for the moment.
As we are able to, we look forward to opening Malaccis, however to avoid mingling and congregating, and to be as safe as possible, we will not be open.

WHY DO WE NEED TO REGISTER? HOW OFTEN CAN WE ATTEND?

With the latest restrictions in place, our building has capacity for 180 congregation members. 
With an average weekly attendance of 1200 people across our 4 regular services, we simply cannot all attend each week. A registration system is necessary to ensure we do not exceed numbers. We want our whole church family to feel welcome to come back and join us in person, and this means that we will all need to be flexible. For this reason, you will be asked not to attend two weeks in a row. On the weeks you are not here with us in person, we encourage everyone to be part of a St Paul’s Live Site, doing church from homes across the Hills in small gatherings.

 

WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH LIVE SITES?

They are still happening!
In fact, Live Sites will form part of our new rhythm as a church. As above, we encourage you to attend church in person one week, and then on the alternate week, gather with your Live Site! This will be a rich season for us as a church. If you are not already part of a Live Site and would like to be, join up HERE

 

THIS IS ALL SOUNDING A BIT OVERWHELMING.

We agree. It is a strange season we find ourselves in. It is very likely that we are all going to feel a bit weird as we begin gathering in person again.

Though as the old King James Version bible translation  puts it, “you are a peculiar people”. 1 Peter 2:9. And so, we will be in the right setting.

Our hope is that as we see familiar smiling faces, a sense of normality and relief will help our worries to dissipate! However, this may not be the case for all of you, and we want you to know our staff team are here to chat with you and make you feel comfortable, please come and talk to us.

 

We are also glad to let you know that we will have Care teams at our services to pray with you, or offer any support you need – they will have lanyards on so you can spot them.

 

We look forward to seeing you on Sundays!

 

Please let our staff team know if you have any questions or concerns

8858 1111

info@spch.org.au