COVID-19

Latest News Updates

11/05/2020

BAPTIST CHURCHES OF SA : COVID-19 UPDATE #6

On 8 May 2020 the Prime Minister announced the careful easing of restrictions around Australia using a 3-step plan starting 11 May 2020.

Click HERE to read the full media release

While the Prime Minister and National Cabinet have released a national framework, state and territory governments must develop their own plans for moving towards a COVID safe society and economy. Be aware that South Australia has developed a plan which does not include all the items found in the national framework.

Click HERE to go to the SA Recovery Plan Step 1 website.

Key points to to consider in these steps are around Places of Worship in general, and Funerals and Weddings in particular. Each activity topic on this page has a general information section which also contains a Fact Sheet for that activity.

As these steps and guidelines will change or develop, please ensure that you regularly check the SA Recovery website to access the most current version.

Click HERE to go to the SA Recovery Plan Step 1 website.

As we all look into ways of how we can implement these new plans, it is important to note that current recommendations around social distancing (1.5m) and density requirements (1 person per 4 sq m) still apply in all cases.

6/04/2020

BAPTIST CHURCHES OF SA : COVID-19 UPDATE #5

On 3 April 2020 the Prime Minister provided some clarification updates on coronavirus measures. Of particular interest is that “churches and other places of worship will be considered places of work.”

Click here to read the full media release

The Federal Government has lowered the threshold of some of the requirements for charities to be eligible for the JobKeeper subsidy. Any church registered with the ACNC will now only need to show a reduction of 15% to revenue could now be eligible. The legislation to enable this still needs to be passed – schedule for Wed 8/04/2020.

Click here to read the ABC News report

Click here to read our Admin & Finance Blog article

2/04/2020

BFS INFORMATION & RESOURCES

BFS appreciates that for churches and ministries, financial giving may be impacted during the COVID‐19 crisis. In response to this, BFS has put together an information page on their website to help the local church understand the potential impacts, the support options that BFS have in place, and links to the different Government Support Packages that churches may have available to them.

Click here to visit the BFS site.

25/03/2020

BAPTIST CHURCHES OF SA : COVID-19 UPDATE #4

On 24 March 2020 the Prime Minister announced more measures designed to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 by further restricting social interactions. The following statement identifies factors most relevant to churches and their communities.

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25/03/2020

BCSA COVID-19 FAQ’s

As information is being distributed and we are gaining some clarity on matters, so other questions are being raised. The following FAQ document seeks to provide some answers to the common questions we are being asked.

Click here to read the FAQ document

24/03/2020

BAPTIST CHURCHES OF SA : COVID-19 UPDATE #3

On Monday 23rd March at 4:15pm, SAPOL Commissioner Stevens issued a direction to close businesses and venues. Having contacted SAPOL to seek some clarity on how this applies to “places of worship” we can confirm that this applies to all gatherings.

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23/03/2020

BAPTIST CHURCHES OF SA : COVID-19 UPDATE #2

Last night’s announcement from the Prime Minister has stimulated lots of questions. Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals will be restricted from opening.

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19/03/2020

COPYRIGHT LICENCING FOR LIVESTREAMING

If you are planning to incorporate songs into your stream, please be aware that the standard CCLI structure DOES NOT ALLOW for the transmission of songs or their words.

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19/03/2020

BAPTIST CHURCHES OF SA EASTER CAMP UPDATE

We announce with deep sadness that Easter Camp 2020 has been cancelled.

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16/03/2020

BAPTIST CHURCHES OF SA : COVID-19 UPDATE #1

The Australian Government has announced a limitation on gatherings. How might this look for your church?

Click here to read statement

12/03/2020

BAPTIST CHURCHES OF SA : COVID-19 RESPONSE

The World Health Organisation (WHO) have officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. In the midst of this, we want to encourage our church family to respond well.

Click here to read statement