Church@Home is a repository for resources which congregations, families and individuals can use while in isolation. It includes resources and ideas for worship, devotional life, nurturing family faith, and connecting with and supporting each other. Click here or on the image.
Bishop John Henderson's messages
Message 2 (26 March 2020)
Message 1 (18 March 2020)
Latest Information (24 March 2020)
Key points about the current situation follow. For details, read COVID-19 eNews Issue 4, 24 March.
All worship services to cease
Government directives are quite clear on this matter. We must close our physical church buildings and worship centres. This means no Sunday morning, Lenten, or other church services, small group Bible studies or prayer times in our buildings or in the church grounds. Funerals must be small, private services, not open to general invitation.
Keeping faith alive
LCA Communications and the Commission on Worship have established Church@Home (www.lca.org.au/churchhome) where we can all share and access resources, including live-streaming options, family faith-building resources and daily devotions. Please also stay in touch with each another locally, using whatever methods are available to you: phone, messaging, FaceTime, Skype, and perhaps relearn how to write and post physical letters.
Churchwide staff, including Lutheran Archives, are working remotely. The office is closed to the public. Staff can be contacted as usual via phone or email. Details in LCA/NZ COVID-19 eNews Issue 05.
Latest LCA/NZ COVID-19 Response eNews
Congregations which offer live-streaming of worship should notify their District office so that this information can be shared with other congregations. All district administrators can be contacted at email@example.com
Cancellations and postponements
- Professional Standards Training: All face-to-face Safe Church Level 1 face-to-face workshops scheduled in Australia and New Zealand between now and 31 May 2020 have been cancelled. Also, no new face-to-face Safe Church Level 1 workshops will be scheduled until further notice. Face-to-face Safe Church Level 1 workshops already scheduled for after 31 May 2020 remain tentatively in the calendar.
Government directives and advice
Please keep up-to-date with directives and advice from the Australian and New Zealand government departments.