ZB COVID-19 Taskforce Advisory – 7 May 2021
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ZB COVID-19 TASKFORCE ADVISORY – 7 MAY 2021
Dear Zion Bishan family,
Grace and peace to you all in our sovereign Lord Jesus.
We thank God for the last few months of congregational worship and other events during our Nation’s Phase Three for resumption of activities. Unfortunately, to help mitigate the present risk of community spread, we now have to conduct our activities under ‘heightened alert’. Safety in accordance with prevailing management guidelines is our principal concern. To date we know of no recent Covid-19 cases linked to any of our members or other users of our church premises.
At the same time, we are committed to facilitating the ministry of the saints.
In keeping with the latest enhanced precautionary measures issued by the Government, these are what we will be doing at Zion Bishan from Saturday 8 May to Sunday 30 May:
i. All our Services will be reduced to 100 in-person capacity. Each Congregation Shepherding Team will be making its arrangements to adjust.
ii. We require everyone to register on Eventbrite by the Saturday evening before the Service. This will help us keep to the new service capacity limits.
Register here: https://www.zionbishan.org.sg/100pax-may2021
iii. Recognizing the adjustments that people have already made to their Sunday schedules, the 1030am and 3pm Services will be live-streamed.
iv. All Sunday classes will be suspended for this weekend (9 May). This will give time for our various ministries to work out the best way to continue their activities for subsequent Sundays.
Children’s Discipleship classes will resume for all services from 16 May.
Youth Discipleship leaders will be making arrangements with their respective classes.
v. There will be no change to the Order of Service, except that congregational singing will not be permitted. Furthermore, worshippers will be seated in groups of up to 5 persons each (down from 8).
vi. All other pre-existing Safe Management Measures will apply (you may refer to our Advisory issued on 1 May: https://www.zionbishan.org.sg/2021/05/zb-covid-19-taskforce-advisory/)
We welcome members and friends to join us for service in person. But please refrain from doing so, and join us via live-stream instead, if any of these two situations apply:
i. You are feeling unwell (Difficulty breathing, Cough, Fever over 37.5℃, Loss of taste/smell, Sore throat, Diarrhoea, Body ache, Runny nose, and etc); or
ii. You have been to Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) in the last 14 days (or since 18 April, whichever is earlier), whether as a patient or visitor. However, if you have been cleared by a Covid-19 swab test, you are welcome to worship in person. Note that TTSH staff are subject to movement restrictions which includes church-going.
Those who stay in the same household, or who have been in contact with someone working at TTSH (provided that person working at TTSH is not currently placed on Leave of Absence, Stay Home Notice or Quarantine Order), are welcomed to join us for service in person.
Given the tighter restrictions on the size of gatherings (from 8 to 5 persons per group), and on the number of unique visitors to each household (capped at 5 persons), we know that our Action Groups are affected. Please contact our leaders to explore avenues for sustaining our community life. Contact Dn Danny (92394160) if you require some assistance helping your AGs to meet in house groups over Zoom.
Please also remember in prayer and send a word of encouragement to those among us who are deployed at the frontlines of the fight against Covid-19, or who have in some way been adversely impacted by this pandemic.
Finally, let’s draw strength and guidance from God’s Word in Acts where we find the Church devoted to the teaching and fellowship, to looking out for those in need, and to prayer. May we find wisdom to do the same in spite of the restrictions, and be assured that our Lord’s mission will prevail. Amen.
ZB Covid-19 Taskforce