In light of the Victorian government restrictions, the St Michael’s Uniting Church building will be closed from Friday 28 May to help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
While the church building is closed, our hearts remain open.
And so does our online presence.
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
20 June, 10am
“Refugee Sunday – Shelter from the storm”.
with Rev Dr Margaret Mayman
Music online: The Susie Ng Triob& Rhys Boak (Organ)
What do you need to know?
- If you’re at all unwell, please stay home.
- Please wear your facemask indoors at St Michael’s unless you have an exemption.
- On entering you must scan the QR code at the door or sign in your name and phone number with a St Michael’s Welcomer.
- Enter via the corner of Russell and Collins St, or via St Michael’s Walk.
- Use hand sanitiser as you enter.
- Observe 1.5m physical distancing from people not in your household (waving hello rather than hugs or handshakes).
- Sit in a pew with a purple ribbon keeping 1.5m from others.
- Savour the moment of gathering with old friends and new, as we are held in the Spirit’s endless love; the Divine Presence with us in church and everywhere!
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do I need to pre-book?
No. You can attend Sunday Gatherings without booking. You must scan the QR code on entry or leave your details with a Welcomer.
Collection of your name and phone number is required by law.
- What personal information do I need to give?
In line with Victorian Government guidelines, we will collect names and phone numbers of everyone attending for contact tracing in the event of a suspected COVID-19 case.
Your information is held for 28 days and will only ever be used for COVID tracing.
- How do I leave my personal information?
When you visit St Michael’s, you must scan the QR code or check-in with a St Michael’s Welcome team member to record your name and phone number.
QR codes are displayed at all St Michael’s entrances.
- How do I scan the QR code?
QR codes will be displayed at all St Michael’s entrances; St Michael’s Walk, Collins Street and Russell Street.To be prepared download the Service Victoria app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store before attending. This helps if your smartphone does not scan.To scan:
– Use the QR code displayed at the entrance of St Michael’s
– Open your smartphone’s camera
– Hold your smartphone so the QR code appears in the viewfinder
– Your smartphone will recognise the QR code and show a notification. Tap the notification to open the link associated with the QR code. If the link doesn’t appear you can go to the settings of your camera to activate this or;
– Download the Service Victoria app.
– Open the app
– Hold your smartphone so the QR Code appears in the viewfinder.
– Your smartphone will recognise the QR code and show a notification.
– Tap the notification to open the link associated with the QR Code.Alternatively, a St Michael’s Welcome Team member can collect your name and phone number on our sign-in form.
- What measures and cleaning standards are you putting in place to keep the congregation safe?
– Facemasks must be worn inside St Michael’s church and administration buildings unless you have an exemption.
– Numbers attending worship are limited and everyone must observe a safe physical distance.
– There is an additional cleaning schedule for surfaces and amenities and there are sanitising stations provided at the church.
– Offering plates will not be passed around. We invite you to leave your offering via one of the two Tap and Go Donation points in the St Michael’s Colonnade and Collins and Russell Streets entrance or in one of the donation boxes by the exterior doors as you leave.
– We will not use printed orders of service. Responsive elements of the liturgy will be displayed on the screen. Or you can download and print an order of service from the website.
- Will we be able to sing?
Yes! Congregations are now permitted to sing while maintaining a safe physical distance. Facemasks must be worn while singing. Each Sunday a cantor will lead the singing, standing 5m away from the congregation.
- Will there be ‘live’ music?
Yes! Rhys Boak, our organist and music manager will play, and guest musicians will offer music for reflection.
- Will the minister wear a mask?
There is an exemption from the mask rule for people engaged in public speaking, who need to be heard clearly and who are 5m from the congregation. This applies to the Minister while leading worship, lay people doing the readings or notices, and cantors leading the singing.
- Where can I park?
The Grand Hyatt Hotel car park on Russell Street (between Collins St and Flinders Lane) provides $7.00 discounted parking for people attending Sunday Gatherings at St Michael’s. Discount vouchers will be available at the welcome tables when you sign in.
- What happens after church?
We leave the building maintaining physical distancing. We are now able to serve morning tea in St Michael’s Hall after Sunday service.
People may also gather in St Michael’s Walk to chat afterwards. Please maintain social distance and do not shake hands or hug people outside of your household.
- If you’re unwell, please stay home and enjoy the Online Gathering.
Online Gatherings will continue for the foreseeable future. If you are not quite ready to come back to church, or if health, distance, or other commitments make it impossible, then please join us here
Download the Gathering at St Michael’s COVID-19 Update