9 Cassino Road, Plumstead  (021) 706 3272

Coronavirus Church Policy

Update: 24th March 2020…


16th March 2020:

“The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
– Philippians 4:5-7

In light of the President’s announcement on Sunday regarding the Coronavirus-19 pandemic, there will be some changes to how we conduct our services at St Mark’s. While we call for faith and prayer rather than panic, and we recognize that God is sovereign over the spread of this virus and who gets it, we also have a responsibility to our neighbours to do what we can to limit the rate of transmission of the coronavirus so that our country’s medical infrastructure does not get overwhelmed. However, that doesn’t negate our responsibility to also make the means of God’s grace available to our community through the church and its services, especially during this time. Therefore, we will be taking the following steps for the duration of the current crisis:

  • We encourage the following people to self-isolate at home, and not engage in church or other gatherings or visit public places:

    • medically vulnerable individuals (those over 70 and those with pre-existing medical conditions)

    • anybody who has travelled internationally in the past two weeks

    • anybody exhibiting cold or flu symptoms

      (please fill out the form at the bottom of this page if you plan to self-isolate)

  • We will be live streaming our Sunday morning service online so that those in isolation will still be able to benefit from a number of elements in our service. For live streaming details, please see footnote below. If you are isolating but do not have facilities to watch the livestream, we encourage you to arrange to meet on Sunday mornings with those in your growth group who can.

  • During our gatherings, we will be taking measures to limit any risk of virus contamination. These will include limited physical contact (i.e. no shaking hands etc.), no serving of refreshments after the service, offering bags replaced with offering boxes in the front, and making use of pre-sealed Communion elements.

  • Church Leadership will gather as the crisis develops to update this policy as required. Please check back on this page on a regular basis for current policy.

Please note that we still rely on the regular giving of the St Mark’s congregation in order for St Mark’s to continue to serve the community and promote the gospel. There will be extra expenses that come with doing effective ministry under these new constraints. Therefore we require our congregation, whether self-isolating or not, to be more disciplined than ever in sacrificial and joyful giving towards our expenses.

Most of all though, we encourage the St Mark’s family to be constant in prayer during this time, and to make time to call each other and pray for each other during the week. We will also be looking at opportunities to serve one another by grocery shopping for self-isolated individuals. If you are self-isolating and require shopping to be done for you, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

In addition, we encourage you in conversation with your neighbours, colleagues and friends to share the hope we have in the gospel of Jesus Christ. While Coronavirus-19 is a serious infection, we already all suffer from the much more serious infection of sin. God has given us the cure in the gospel and he allows times of testing like this to wake people up to the reality of their need for Him, and to have us look forward to the restored creation in the age to come where all the brokenness we experience in this world will be a thing of the past.

‘He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.’
– Revelation 22:20


*LIVE STREAMING: Livestream of our 09:30 service will be available on our Livestream page on our website and on our Facebook page