Discovery Church Advice re COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Dear church,

We’re certainly living in unprecedented days that are causing us to fully embrace our core value of Creativity as a community!

We are endeavouring to keep you up to date as we hear recommendations and directives from government and health officials on a daily basis. In response to recent government advice, we have made some decisions that will change how we experience church life as a community in the weeks ahead.

As of Sunday, 22nd March, we moved all Sunday services to an online experience. This will continue until we are advised that it is safe to gather once more as a larger community. We also suspended the larger gatherings of Discovery Kids, i60 Live and OneHeart.

Due to the Victorian Government’s decision to move to Stage 3 restrictions as of 31st March, we have also made the decision to close our office for at least 4 weeks in line with Stage 3 restrictions. You can read about Stage 3 restrictions in detail here https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirusresponse). Whilst our office is physically closed, you can still contact us on 03 9736 2323 between 9am and 3pm Monday to Thursday, or email us here reception@discoverychurch.com.au.

In light of Stage 3 restrictions, we have also had to suspend life group gatherings for the time being to ensure we are upholding government directives in relation to strict limits on the number of people who can be together at the one time. Instead, we encourage your life group to head online and keep meeting regularly via teleconferencing platforms such as Zoom, Skype, Messenger and WhatsApp.

We would love to engage you in our online services and give you the opportunity to respond. This will include ways to continue to give and to serve our community during this unique time as we help others find their place in the bigger story. Our streamed services also include a dedicated kids’ section so there will be something for everyone!

We have an incredible opportunity to bring peace and kindness to those around us in a challenging time. Let’s take every occasion to demonstrate Jesus’ love in action – what an invitation we have to partner with Him in what He’s doing in these days!

Make sure you keep checking our Facebook and Instagram pages each day for updates, and we’ll continue to keep you as up to date as we possibly can.

We are praying for you.

Love, grace and peace,
Matt & Jody

Church members should already be following best-hygiene practices as detailed below.

Personal Hygiene

  • Wash hands often with soap and running water, for at least 20 seconds. Dry with paper towel or hand dryer
  • Try not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Stay home unless absolutely necessary.
  • Isolate yourself at home if you feel sick. If you take medication, ensure you have adequate supplies.
  • Phone your GP first if you need medical attention. They will tell you what to do.
  • Don’t wear a face mask if you are well.
  • Get the flu shot (available April).