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COVID-19 Restrictions 

Daniel Andrews update Announcement made 13th September 2020

The Victorian Government has announced a number of changes to restrictions for Melbourne and regional Victoria.

We want to inform you of the following precautionary measures turningpoint Church is taking in relation to COVID-19. We would greatly appreciate your understanding and co-operation in these matters. 

“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed.” – Bob Riley

 

Key Points

  • The Prime Minister Scott Morrison says churches will be considered as "workplaces".

  • Libraries and community venues will be closed, except for essential public support services like food banks.

 

Are places of worship (turningpoint sites) open?

Under Stage 4 ‘Stay at Home’ Restrictions the default is that workplaces in metropolitan Melbourne are closed:-

  • Religious ceremonies and private worship can only occur online, with a maximum of five people to conduct the online ceremony keeping at least 1.5 metres between each other at all times.

  • Public support services such as food banks, help for the homeless or other essential activities, ensuring that face coverings are worn and 1.5 metres between everyone at all times.

  • Funerals can be held with up to ten people plus those required to conduct the service.

 

Stage 4 restrictions for Melbourne area 

From 9pm to 5am every evening people are NOT permitted to leave their house except for work and essential health, care or safety reasons.

Outside of these hours, you are only allowed to leave your house for 1 of the following four reasons:

  • To purchase food and necessary supplies. This must be done within a 5km radius from where you live. Only 1 person per household can leave for essential goods, and only once per day. For some people the nearest goods and services will be more than 5km away. In this situation you may travel beyond 5km to the nearest provider. If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person at home unattended, then they may accompany you.

  • Exercise once a day for up to 2 hour within a 5km radius of your home. Gathering sizes will be limited to 2. If you are unable to leave home because it would mean leaving a young child or at-risk person at home unattended, then they may accompany you.

  • For care and health care including accompanying someone for essential medical care if you are a carer, guardian or necessary support person. The 5km limit does not apply to care or caregiving.

  • Work. Study at TAFE and university must be done remotely. The 5km limit does not apply to work.

  • You are also allowed to leave your home to visit your partner or as part of formal or informal shared parenting arrangements.

  • If you are escaping family violence, you can also leave your home.

  • You can always leave home in case of an emergency.

  • You must continue to wear a face covering when you leave your home.

 

Schools, Childcare & Kinders 

All schools to offer remote learning. Schools, Kinders and early childhood will only be open for vulnerable children and children whose parents are permitted workers.

Face coverings mandatory for all of Victoria

Wearing a face covering protects you and your community and is mandatory for all of Victoria.

Lawful exemptions include if you have a medical condition or other condition that impairs your ability to wear a face covering, doing strenuous exercise or if you are unable to do your job while wearing a face covering.

Children who are under the age of 12 years old do not need to wear a face covering. 

Children who are two years or younger must not wear face coverings as they are a choking and suffocation risk.

 

turningpoint Services

​ “Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.” Psalm 91:9-10

  • turningpoint Pastors and Elders will always be available (main line 5996 3048 or turningpoint mobile 0425 716 016 or email church@turningpoint.asn.au). 

  • The Connect Groups, Young Adults and Youth etc. and will again be online via zoom/cisco. No physical gathering will be available during the lockdown period. Please contact us if you need assistance.

  • turningpoint Food Support will be available by arrangement though the various church offices.

  • The turningpoint reading plan will be available online “Pursuing God” (hard copies are available upon request).

  • A turningpoint News/devo information link will be available via Facebook to keep you informed.

  • turningpoint will be continuing the nightly text for the 19 @ 19.00 for 19 minutes of prayer - if you have not been receiving these text, or if you want to unsubscribe please let us know. 

  • “Project Prayer” “Just walk it out!” - We encourage you to prayer while walking in your once a day exercise. You can stop to pray for each house, and drop a copy of your prayer into their mailbox as you pass-by. Prayer cards will be available at the church – plus a map on our website that you can register your prayer walk area. Make sure that you stay within 5 kilometres of your home.

 

turningpoint Church Services

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Due to the imposed lockdown, our turningpoint church services will continue only online via Facebook, YouTube and online church. Please visit the website of your turningpoint church and follow the link.

  • Our turningpoint Children’s ministry will continue online 

  •  turningpoint Cranbourne church service 10.30am 

    • turningpoint Lilydale church service 10.00am

    • Wildpath Frankston church service 10.30am

    • Mansfield Christian Fellowship church service via ZOOM

 

 

Letter of Request / work permit

“As Victory is the result of Christ's Life lived out in the believer, it is important that we see clearly that Victory, and not defeat, is God's Purpose for his Children.” - Rosalind Goforth.

turningpoint can offer a “volunteer / work” permit if you are required to attend one of the turningpoint Food Supports or are required to assist with the recording of one of our turningpoint services. These are only offered upon request and are NOT guaranteed to meet any future Government requirements (always check as requirements and enforcement change regularly) regarding an acceptable reason for travel or crossing any borders or lockdowns imposed.

Do not let this information alarm or heighten any distress you may have surrounding recent developments of Coronavirus. Rather, our desire is for you to be informed and know that our heart is to protect and ensure the safety of all, so we can continue to worship together.

 

God bless you all, 

 

 

Pastors Phil and Norma Cayzer

 

P.S: The well-known pastor A.W. Tozer made this statement: ‘A scared world needs a fearless church.’ So turningpoint it is time for us to be fearless and lead the way forward. Like a fireman runs to the fire, may we as His church respond to the crisis around us.

 

For direct information

https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-covid-19-restrictions-victoria

https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/religion-and-ceremony-restrictions-covid-19

 

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