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:
Our 31st Anniversary Combined Service will be held today, at 10am via the web. The combined service will be conducted in 3 languages – English/Mandarin and Cantonese. Let’s celebrate and give thanks to our Lord for His graciousness. Please be sure to prepare a cup and a piece of dry food in readiness for communion.
The new Diaconate and the new Congregation Committee have been elected at the AGM last Sunday, 28th June. They will carry out their duties starting July 2020. We thank all brothers and sisters who have completed their terms of service and have stepped down. The new names list can be found in the attachment of the bulletin email.
Church carpet cleaning Professional cleaning will take place Wed. 8th July, 2020, from around 11am, for all carpeted areas of our church, in preparation for the re-commencing of church for Sunday activities. Though the chairs in the Main Hall, side hall and classrooms have been stacked and placed along the wall after last week’s working bee’s clean up, we do urge committee members of all congregations to make sure their belongings are off the carpet to avoid damage and to enable a thorough carpet cleaning.
Church cleaning roster will resume on Sat. 11th July – once every two weeks. Cell groups please take note of your turns of duty.
Faith Promise Giving Thank God for the commitment and support of brothers and sisters. A total of 41 Faith Promise Offering forms were received and they total to $75,340
Please note the following regarding the re-opening of church venue for Sunday ministries from July 12:
• 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. The following table shows the maximum number of people per area:
Location Dimension Area (m2) Number of People allowed under the 4m2 rule
Main Hall 16..3 x 9.9 161.37 40
Side Hall 13.5 x 8.6 116.1 29
2 x 3.9 2
Room 3 5.1 x 3 15.3 3
Room 4 5 x3.2 16 4
Room 6,7 7.5 x 6.5 48.75 12
Manse Room M1 8.1 x 4.8 38.88 9
Manse Room M2-4 7.8 x 5 + 4.8 x 2.5 51 12
Special thanks to Cantonese GA for the table
• 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: families with school-aged children (primary and high) will be prioritized for attending church, whilst others will continue to worship via live steaming of the service.
• Children Sunday School (Pre-school to Primary school-aged) classes at 9am will meet at the manse. There are about 16 children and three or four teachers. The manse garage will be used as an overflow.
• Room A will be used for mums and bubs
• For high school students, English Sunday School will be held at church at 11 a.m.
• The English 3pm Youth Group may use the manse to meet on Sunday afternoons
• The English 5pm service recommencement will be at a later date.
• The 11am service will be open to families with school-aged children as well as those who are serving. The service will be live-streamed from church for others.
• Children Sunday school will be run at church at 11 a.m. This will be held at the manse, the manse garage and room A.
• Adult Sunday School will continue using Zoom.
• Sunday Youth Dwelling will use the side hall to meet on Sunday afternoons
• The 3pm service will resume normal services from July 12
• The 3pm Sunday School will be held in one of the rooms at the main church or in the manse (To be determined).
• The 5pm Adult Sunday School classes will resume at church using room 5,6,7 and room A.
• Mandarin congregation: in person service will start in August
• Family with children will be asked to join first
• Sunday school will run on Zoom for now
• Cell groups will decide on method of meeting.
7. 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. You will also be asked to check and record your temperature. Thermometers are kept in the Office. Spare masks are also available. Please enquire with the leader(s) about this.
Annual General Members meeting the meeting will be held today at 1pm. All AGM related documents have been sent to members on Tuesday 23rd June. Zoom details and unique voting code have also been sent to members. For non-members who wish to attend, please tune into our YouTube channel www.youtube.com/cabcthornleigh.
In this AGM, three membership applications will be presented: Shirley Chan, David Chan and Casper Mok. They are all from 11am.
There will be election/re-election for Deacons & Church Councils.
Our 31st Anniversary Combined Service will be held on next Sunday July 5th, at 10am via Zoom. The combined service will be conducted in 3 languages – English/Mandarin and Cantonese. Let’s celebrate and give thanks to our Lord for His graciousness. Please be sure to prepare a cup and a piece of dry food in readiness for communion.
The CABC newsletter has been sent out last weekend to all members who have registered their emails. If you haven't received one, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request it.
Church Cleaning was completed yesterday for the preparation of the church reopening. A big THANK YOU to those who gave their time and energy to help cleaning and tidying up the church.
Faith Promise Offering As of last week, there are twenty six online faith promise offering forms received, totalling an amount of $69,420. Thanks God for the commitment and support of brothers and sisters. We continue to ask you to bring this matter to God and consider how you can support missions at CABC. If you haven't yet returned the online Faith Promise Offering form, please visit https://forms.gle/WTnhcUb94N5ryJ6M6 to submit your offering. There will be no identification details in this form. Deadline is 30/6/2020.
Church use during restrictions If your cell group or fellowship meets at church, please continue to follow the guidelines provided (see #7 below). Please record your attendance via https://tiny.cc/cabctattend. You will also be asked to check and record your temperature. Thermometers are kept in the Office. Spare masks are also available. Please enquire with the leader(s) about this.
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 to arrange door to be opened and alarm to be deactivated by a key holder; they are to switch off all lights/air-con(s), set the alarm on and lock all doors before they leave.
Thermometers and masks are available for use in the Office. Consult the leader for information and access. Report to email@example.com 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.