BCC COVID-19 Statement 18/05/20

BCC COVID-19 Statement 18/05/20

Brothers and sisters,

Thankfully, so far the impact of COVID-19 in Australia has not been as bad as in many other locations in the world. There are many possible reasons for this, from our climate to our implementation of social distancing. Whatever the reasons, we should thank God.

 On the other hand, we should continue to pray for those in our nation who have suffered because of it. That includes the nearly 100 Australians so far whose deaths have been attributed to COVID-19, and the loved ones who mourn them. Also, the steps our nation has taken to reduce the spread of the virus will have had economic impact on many workers and families, and they need our prayers too. We should also pray, of course, for healthcare practitioners of all kinds who have diligently served our community.

We are reaching the point of opening up life again in our nation and our state. Government restrictions and recommendations are loosening. Let us pray that our leaders will make wise decisions in this transition. There is some evidence that re-infections of COVID are possible even for those who’ve already had it. So let’s pray that as a society we’ll balance the necessity of getting people back to work and life wisely against whatever caution is still necessary.

And of course, let’s pray the same for our eldership in our church. The elders decided, at the start of this, to be more proactively cautious than our church was required by the government to be, as a way of demonstrating our love, and God’s, for our neighbours. In the same spirit, we wish to resume our in-person fellowship just a bit more cautiously than the secular government.

Some of our small home groups and meetings are resuming in-person. The elders will be praying and considering when to resume our Sunday morning services at the church, but again we will aim to be a little more cautious than required by the government.

This is not only because we believe it is the loving thing to do to be careful with other people’s lives, but also because many of our own people are particularly vulnerable to COVID. We can and should be thankful that infection rates have slowed so much in Australia, but it could take just one contact with one infected person to end the life of one of our more senior or less healthy church members.

As a church family, our offer to assist any of our people in any way needed still stands. Please contact Larry or the elders if you have any needs, whether material or spiritual or emotional. Thank you all for your prayers, for your attendance at our online services, and for every other measure you’ve taken to stay in touch with each other to maintain the community life of our church. God bless!

For up-to-date information on the spread of coronavirus in Australia generally, and in WA particularly, please see https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-03-17/coronavirus-data-reveals-how-covid-19-is-spreading-in-australia/12060704

For the current state and national guidelines on infection prevention and other information, please see https://healthywa.wa.gov.au/coronavirus and https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert#current-status