Letter to Parishioners from Sue (II)

Dear friends,

This weekend will be the last public worship services for the foreseeable future due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Although worship this weekend will happen at all three services (6pm Saturday, 7am and 9:30am Sunday), the services will be simplified to ensure no one feels they are obliged to attend. There will be no choir at the 9:30am service and morning tea will be limited to tea and coffee only. Everyone should consider carefully their decision to attend, particularly those in a high risk group or those caring for others in a high risk group. Those who attend the 9:30am service may like to consider attending the 6pm or 7am services to allow the congregation to spread out across the church.

We plan to stream the 9.30am service this Sunday on Facebook live and other platforms will be explored in the weeks to come.

This is an unprecedented experience in our lifetime and places  the challenge upon us all to continue to be the church when we cannot gather for worship. Please do not hesitate to be in touch should you have questions or just like to check in or have a chat.

We, the church remain present in the community and active. The building will be open daily and resources made available for prayer both in the church and online.

The activities listed below are continuing, with options to come either in person (with social distancing being observed) or via a Zoom link. Our parish administrator, Tim, is available to help you with IT support over the phone to enable you to access Zoom.

The following parish events are cancelled until further notice;

  • Tuesdays in the Undercroft
  • Stalls on election day
  • Mah Jong
  • Playgroup
  • Music Event
  • Sunday Youth

As we are responding to an evolving situation we will maintain updates relating to our activities and Covid-19 on our website here.

We will also aim to send out more emails regarding how to access live streaming and the Zoom online meeting facilities.

Finally, attached is a contact form combined with a parish elector form for our records. Although we have most contact details, in many cases mobile numbers or emails have not been included. Completing this form as well as, where appropriate, being listed as a parish elector will help us very much at this time to stay connected and operational in these days. Please complete and return to us either as a hard copy or via email.

We are all in this together and while God would never cause such suffering to occur, God will always work with possibilities and opportunities. We have an opportunity before us to live out of love and compassionate attention to others, being the church that still speaks the language of hope in an anxious and changing world.

I invite you at this time to enter more deeply into prayer, particularly for those who are vulnerable or fearful, for those who have lost their jobs and are anxious about the future, for those who are risking their well-being everyday to maintain essential services, including all health care workers. May God uphold them and strengthen them at this time of exhausting labour and challenge. May the peace of Christ surround us all.

We pray,

God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.
-Adapted by Bishop Jeremy Greaves from New Zealand Prayer Book

Grace and peace,

Sue +

The Rev’d Suzanne Grimmett
Priest in Charge
St Andrew’s Parish of Indooroopilly
Ph: 0413 108 584
suzanne.grimmett@anglicanchurchsq.org.au

  I acknowledge and pay my respects to the traditional owners and custodians of the land in which I work, walk and live