Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Guidelines
Greetings and welcome to our website! Just letting you know the Coronavirus pandemic is affecting the way we go about of our church activities, from Sunday worship to Bible studies.
From 29 March onwards, all morning services will be delivered online via www.youtube.com/cabcthornleigh. The service times will be as follows:
ECC would like to invite everyone to help complete a survey to help organise our congregations' ministries and resources. We appreciate your participation and serving. There will be a draw prize for surveys submitted by 4th October 2020.
Reusable Mask for missionaries We have received 94 adult size masks, 8 kid size masks and 120 disposable masks. All masks have been allocated to respective cell groups to be sent to missionaries. Thank you once again to brothers and sisters for their love to our missionaries.
Children's Sunday School returns in person From 4th October, the 9am Sunday School will be happening back in the Manse in corresponding to the resuming of the 9am English service. Please look out for email / WhatsApp message from Candy regarding registering your kids.
English Congregation returns in person! From 4th October the 9am morning service will be happening back in the church building (but will also be broadcast on YouTube). Come if you can. Canon Simon Manchester will be speaking on the 4th – it should be a great service.
So we can make sure social distancing rules are followed, it would really help if you can register your attendance before you come. This will reserve you a place in the main hall or the overflow area. Please click https://signup.com/go/LOOyJRu to sign in beforehand.
Cantonese Congregation PM service resumes at church CCCPM and the pastors have agreed to resume the in-person Cantonese afternoon service from 4th Oct. 2020, from 3:00pm to 4:15pm.
Quarterly Members’ Meeting arrangements The QMM will be conducted via Zoom at 1:00pm, on 27th Sep. 2020. Officials will be at church to run the meeting.
There are several important items which will be raised at this meeting, including HR matters, as well as the calling of the Mandarin and English pastoral positions:
o There will be a vote for Christy Lee to be the Mandarin congregation pastor
o There will be a vote for Nathan Chau to be the English congregation pastor
As the meeting will involve appointment of pastors, the quorum required is 40% of the membership eligible to vote (which is 102 people), all members are reminded to attend.
Members will be sent the papers, Zoom meeting link and further details regarding voting via email by Tuesday, 22nd September.
If any member prefers to attend the meeting at church, please inform your ministry Deacon, Pastor or email email@example.com. We will give priority to those who have technical difficulties.
Please note the following regarding the re-opening of church venue for Sunday ministries:
• The maximum number of people in a gathering will be based on the size of the meeting area, with one person every 4 square metres.
• Everyone who attends church will need to have their temperature taken and recorded. 37.8 degree Celsius will be the maximum allowed temperature.
• 9am English service: worship via live streaming only. Streaming from church every third week will take place to provide the sense of normality (back to a normal service from 4th Oct).
• Children Sunday School will be online.
• For high school students, English Sunday School will have a break until October.
• The English 3pm Youth Group will be online.
• The English 5pm service recommencement will be determined later.
• The 11am service will be open for worship, around 35 people are allowed due to the social distancing ruling, together with those who are serving. The service will be live-streamed from church for others.
• Children Sunday school will continue to be run through Zoom.
• 9am Adult Sunday School will continue using Zoom.
• Sunday Youth Dwelling resumes back to church meeting on Sunday afternoons, starting 20th Sep. CYF will resume fellowship at church from Fri., 2nd Oct. 2020.
• The 3pm normal service at church will be resumed from Sun. 4th Oct.
• The 5pm Adult Sunday School classes will be conducted via Zoom until 18th Oct., it will be both online and in-person at church.
• Mandarin congregation: will continue to be online worship
• Sunday school will run on Zoom for now.
• Cell groups will decide on method of meeting.
Church use during restrictions If your cell group or fellowship meets at church, please continue to follow the Church gathering guidelines. Please record your attendance via https://tiny.cc/cabctattend (or use the QR code on the right). You will also be asked to check and record your temperature. Thermometers are kept in the Office. Spare masks are also available. Please
Church gathering Guidelines
The church venue is now opened for fellowships and cell groups, as well as pre-recording of Sunday service or live-streaming of service.
Cell group leader must book the venue in advance.
Inside the building:
Social distancing rule applies in all area.
Please use hand sanitiser when you enter and leave the building.
People are strongly encouraged and recommended to use face mask at all time.
1) People are discouraged to use church kitchen.
• if necessary, drinking water (hot and cold) is available, people must bring their own cup, or use disposable cups. Microwaves/fridge are available for food heating and storage.
• People are to wash hands thoroughly before and after touching the water tap (hot and cold), microwave oven, the fridge and all the storage area inside the kitchen.
2) People are encouraged to clean up the toilet before and after use.
• It is Important that all stain is to be removed with brush and disinfectant.
3) People are discouraged to eat at church.
• But if you have to eat at church, you are responsible to take away all the food left over and to clean up the place.
Cell Group, Fellowship and Service pre-recording group leaders are responsible for opening church doors and alarm deactivation with a key holder; they are to:
o Sanitise the tables, chairs and equipment they used
o switch off all lights/air-con(s),
o set the alarm on and
o lock all doors before they leave.
Thermometers and masks are available for use in the Office. Consult the leader for info. and access. Report to firstname.lastname@example.org when stock is low or equipment malfunctions.
Chinese and Australian Baptist Church - Thornleigh was founded in July 1989. Since 1984, Rev. Joseph Fung responded to God's guidance, and, together with Rev. Burman of Eastwood Baptist Church began to reach out to the Cantonese speaking Chinese migrant community, resulting in the establishment of CABC Thornleigh. All this time the Church has upheld its foundation – the Word of God. The ministry of our church has always centred on the Word of God – our Sunday worship, our all-age Sunday school, our cell groups and fellowship groups all built upon this foundation; but from the beginning, never forgetting the Great Commission. Right from the beginning, CABC-Thornleigh already established a mission fund, supporting local and overseas mission.
Here we see a beautiful picture, the Australian and Chinese pastors and brothers and sisters then, in responding to the gospel need of the community, joined in local mission, establishing the church, spreading the Word of God, and supporting overseas missions. Just as the Lord Jesus, before his ascension, instructed the apostles and said, “…You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). We thank God for His provision throughout the years, for establishing CABC-Thornleigh this big spiritual family to proclaim Christ and witness the power of His Gospel.