Frequently Asked Questions about BAC Reopening:
Do I need to book a place to attend BAC services?
No. At this stage we are simply encouraging you to arrive early for your service time. The 10:30am service will be the busiest service so if you can come to another service that would help everyone.
Will there be morning tea and a chance for fellowship?
Initially we are not planning to have morning tea or any post service fellowship in the building. After the service everyone will be encouraged to leave the building immediately through various exits. However you are then welcome to socialise outside using the normal Victorian guidelines for public parks and outdoor places.
Will there be a Sunday school for children?
We hope to run a primary age Sunday school at the 10:30am and 5pm services. Please speak to one of the staff for more information as we have very limited capacity.
Families with children are always very welcome to have them participate in the entire service in the pews. BYO Kids Bibles!
Will there be Holy Communion at BAC?
Yes there will be the Lord’s Supper according to the previously existing patterns.
The Thursday 10am and Sunday 8am will have weekly communion. The 10:30am service will have communion on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month. The 5pm service will have communion on the 2nd Sunday of the month.
Communion will be served with bread and grape juice in individual cups (no common cup). All baptised believers are welcome to walk down the aisle to receive standing. The volunteers assisting will use hand sanitiser and/or disposable gloves. There are no communion rails and limited points of touch or contact.
What hygiene and safety measures are there? Do I have to wear a mask?
BAC has a COVID safe plan and everything we do attempts in good faith to implement the current Victorian government and denominational regulations.
You will be required to leave your names and contact number on entry. There will be a registration desk at the front entrance for this purpose.
Seating capacity is in groups of 20. We can seat 1 or 2 people per pew unless you are of the same household.
Yes you are required to wear a mask as per Victorian guidelines and this includes while singing. Those speaking into microphones or leading up front do not have to wear a mask if they are distanced. If you have a medical exemption to not wear a mask, that is fine. You do not need to provide evidence, we will simply assume the benefit of the doubt.
Please stay home if you have any symptoms and follow the Victorian stay safe guidelines.
Will there be handouts, hymn books or service orders?
No. All the services will use the data projector screen for words to songs and hymns. Please bring your own Bible to church!
Why don’t you have combined indoor and outdoor services?
Unfortunately this is prohibited under the Victorian regulations.
What Christmas services will Berwick Anglican have?
Christmas Services will be announced soon depending on Victorian guidelines…
We will not have an early December Carols on the Hill outdoor event this year as we need to focus on the main relaunch.
I am not yet ready to come out to church yet, is there still going to be an online BAC digital worship?
Yes from December we will be streaming the entire 10:30am service on the BAC Youtube channel. This will include the message, songs, notices, intercessions and more.
Please try to tune in live on your computer, tablet or phone at 10:30am each Sunday.
The service broadcast will be available for all of Sunday to watch anytime. After Monday only the sermon video will be available.
On Sunday 22nd November the Vic Premier said we can have 150 in church. Does that apply to BAC?
The Nov 22nd ‘last step’ guidelines still include the density quotient of 1 person per 4 square metres.
So at BAC this means we are basically still limited to 60 in the main auditorium and 20 in the foyer according to our building size. So public BAC services will still have an attendance capacity of 80 people.
Will there be congregational singing as part of the worship at BAC gatherings?
At this stage the Archbishop has informed that we are not allowed to have congregational singing in public Anglican services.