COVID-19 Response - Church@Home
As all public worship has been suspended, we have put together a range of resources to support people worshipping in their own homes. We are calling it Church@Home.
On this site, you will find:
Returning to Public Worship
As COVID-19 restrictions ease in Australia and New Zealand, congregations are anticipating reopening their church doors and returning to public worship. This will be a time of great thanksgiving and joy! Each congregation will vary on the date of return to corporate worship, depending on their location and size. The following resources are provided to assist congregations and households during this exciting time:
Rite for the Return to Public Worship - The Commission on Worship has prepared a short rite to add to the beginning and end of the service once you are ready to return to public worship.
Growing Faith Moment - Returning to Public Worship – GROW have developed an excellent resource to help households reflect on their worship experiences at home and to prepare for the return to worship as a church community.
Intending to livestream public worship services for the benefit of those unable to attend? Please refer to the updated Livestreaming Checklist for tips on managing privacy issues.
For specific advice related to your state, territory or District, please contact your District Office. A list of FAQs about returning to public worship has been prepared by the District offices to assist you.
Church@Home Resource Page
By clicking on the Church@Home button on the menu bar above, you can access lots of resources, including the Latest News and Public Health Links, resources to support Sunday morning worship at View@Home and Worship@Home, as well as resources and ideas to support your faith life throughout the week at Pray@Home, Faith@Home and Community@Home.
Church@Home Weekly Service Preparation Pages
If you click on Prepare Services on the menu bar above, you will find a slider with current and upcoming services. Select the current Sunday to discover the full range of worship planning resources. We have added a Church@Home button for each week, where you will find all the resources which change from week to week, such as
Church@Home Worship Service for the week (a printable service order and PPT especially written for people to worship within their households. Includes a selection of traditional hymns and contemporary songs and interactive elements)
Printable Bible Readings for the week
Sermons for Lay-Reading
Music Suggestions (links to Youtube clips for both traditional and contemporary music)
Contemplative Prayer Sheet for the Week (intended for personal meditation on the readings)
The Prayer of the Church
Additional Prayer Points
The usual service preparation resources are still available to support pastors and lay leaders in preparing worship services.
Prepare for upcoming worship services.
Harvest Thanksgiving Resources for Year A are now available on the Seasonal Resources page here.
Bushfires are damaging our people and our land. We feel for those close to this devastation and we pray to the God of living water for them and those supporting them. Click here to obtain liturgy and prayers provided by the LCA to assist congregations in praying for and supporting all those affected by this… Read more
I have just become aware of a very useful resource for anyone still planning a Christmas Carols event. APRA AMCOS who licence public performance of music, have put together an excellent guide to the copyright holders of a large range of carols, which should make your planning much easier. You can get it here, or… Read more
To help you in your Advent and Christmas service preparations, David Simpfendorfer from the Commission on Worship Music and Song team has recorded five beautiful backing tracks for favourite Advent Hymns. These are included in each of the Advent music and song suggestions. You can preview them here:
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those experiencing drought and the threat of bushfires at this time. You may like to use some or all of the Liturgy and Prayers for a Time of Drought in your congregation over the next few weeks.
LCA/NZ invitation to pray for church planting and renewal The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few. So pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest fields’ (Luke 10:2). The season is changing. Harvest time is coming. The LCA Department for New and Renewing Churches is embarking on… Read more
NEW! The Worship Planning Page now features a fully stocked service order in Word, with accompanying standard and widescreen PowerPoints for each week. These are designed for congregations without any administrative support or for use in an emergency. They feature selected liturgy for the day, the text for the Bible readings and lyrics for public… Read more