A PLAN FOR OUR CHURCH COMMUNITY
Last updated Thursday 28th August 2021.
Gateway Baptist Church & Community Centre is committed to ensuring the wellbeing of our congregation and wider community.
Each of us has a responsibility as potential carriers of the virus to all those around us, especially those who are vulnerable. Consideration of everyone around us shows practical love to our broader community.
For the latest information regarding Vaccinations, please click here.
All services and mid week meetings will recommence this week with the following restrictions
It will be mandatory to wear a mask for:
cafes and op shops,
any other activity or service at the church where a member of the public can attend.
Singing by congregants/worshipper is currently not permitted.
Requirement of the 3 persons per 4sq. metre rule, the Activities – General Direction states:
People employed or engaged to work, or undertaking official duties, for the purposes of the activity are not to be counted.
Infants and children of any age are to be counted.
For Gateway, we are blessed to have big spaces, so we can have 380 people in the auditorium, and also with the auditorium doors open, another 343 people can be seated in the café area. The Parent Room can have 30 people and the Sunday club can have 400 people. So effectively, Gateway can have a normal sized congregation at church.
Unless you are unwell, we can't wait to see you!!
If you want to talk to someone about your symptoms first, call the Coronavirus Health Information Line for advice on 1800 020 080.
QR Codes For Contact Tracing
You can download the mySA GOV app using your smart phone. In the mySA GOV app, select the COVID SAfe Check-In tile when you arrive at church, and follow the prompts to scan the Gateway QR code and check in.
You are not required to login or sign up for a mySA GOV account to use the COVID SAfe Check-In. You also do not need to provide a driver’s licence or vehicle registration details to use it.
If you do not have a compatible smart phone, DO NOT WORRY, a paper record will be available for you to provide your details.
When you first enter the COVID SAfe Check-In tile, you will be asked to fill in your details and mobile number. You will then get a text message with a unique code to enter in to the app. This is to verify your phone number. You will only have to do this once.
God is still God
It is in times of great uncertainty that people turn to faith. With all the fear and panic at the moment, people are asking where God is in this, which makes this a great opportunity for the church to step in and be relevant in this space. We urge you to be salt and light at this time; pray for one another, be a good neighbour, and reach out a helping hand to those who may need it.
Hebrews 10:24-25 sets it out clearly:
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging on another – and all the more as you see the day approaching.
If you would like to know the guiding principles of Gateway concerning COVID-19, click here
Gateway Baptist Church Leadership Team