Updated 26 March 2020, 6:00pm
We will suspend all public worship as of 23 March
St Paul’s Cathedral has suspend all public worship as of 23 March. For as long as feasible, we will livestream worship led by a team of ordained, lay and music ministers.
We continue to worship in a way that complies with the current advice of the State and Commonwealth Governments. We are also prepared for the event that a total lockdown results in our inability to leave home.
This means that worship will not look quite the way you would expect it to if you were able to join us in the building. While it is our hope that we may continue to broadcast from the Cathedral, it may well that services will eventually be broadcast from the home of the presider of the day.
10am Sung Eucharist with all age Bible Talk and Sermon with music led by a Cantor and Organist
In the event of a total lockdown, this will be a said Eucharist from one of our clergy’s homes.
2pm Mandarin Worship 華語崇拜
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
12.15pm Lunchtime Eucharist
Ongoing updates to our worship timetable will be posted on our website.
We have closed the Cathedral and Cathedral offices from 23 March
St Paul’s Cathedral will close to members of the general public on Monday 23 March in line with the national cabinet mandate. From Monday, 23 March, the Cathedral offices will also be closed to members of the public, our teams will work both on-site and off-site and all external meetings will be conducted remotely.
We are meeting and studying online
One of the best tools at our disposal to continue pastoral outreach is Zoom. Zoom is a computer program which facilitates online video calls with multiple participants. We have developed a ‘beginners guide’ to getting Zoom set up on your own device at home enclosed with this letter. We strongly encourage you to familiarise yourself with this program. If you have any trouble following the guide, please reach out to the Cathedral Office. Joel and Andrew in the Cathedral Office would be delighted to help you become comfortable using the program and can talk you through some of the difficulties you may have.
We will offer the following Social and Study programs via Zoom
9.15am – 9.45am Morning Tea
11.15am-12.15pm Bible Study Group to be held via Zoom.
(The Revd Canon Dr Stephen Ames will be in touch with the 9am study group directly to coordinate those that wish to meet earlier)
Links to join these programs will be sent via email
We have changed our Holy Week and Easter program
We will continue to mark the significant events of Holy Week and Easter, with services broadcasted through our Facebook page and Youtube channel. Services will be led by the Dean and Precentor along with the Archbishop of Melbourne and other Cathedral Clergy, with music led by members of the Cathedral’s Music Department. Our timetable for services is available here.
We have cancelled the traditional Good Friday Performance of the Crucifixion by John Stainer, and our Easter Vigil Confirmation.
The following events have been cancelled
Congregation Lunch, 29 March
Welcomers’ Meeting, 29 March
Monday English Classes and community dinner
Palm Cross Making, 2 April
Cleaning Working Bee, 4 April
Palm Sunday Justice for Refugees walk, 5 April
Please keep following our website www.cathedral.org.au and social media pages for up to date advisements.
We will increase reaching out to isolated members
We may soon no longer be able to visit members at home or in hospital. Instead, clergy and members of our pastoral visiting team will be reaching out to members who are self-isolating, or are affected by COVID-19 by email, social media and phone.
We have developed a ‘Worship at Home’ resource
We have developed a ‘Worship at Home’ page on our website which has lots of useful information including prayers resources, daily reflections and other ways aid your prayer and worship from home. Please share with those who you think would benefit from this, and let us know what resources you are using at this time.
If you haven’t already, sign up to our mailing list here: http://eepurl.com/gkAJaX . We will soon be sending out regular emails with other resources, information and ways to keep connected with us and each other.
We need to continue giving and supporting our ministry
Our offertories are directly related to our number of worshippers. Giving has already dropped to 50% of last year’s figures. Please help us out to continue deliver ministry and support Cathedral staff.
We encourage our worshippers – whether physically present or worshipping with us online – to continue supporting our ministry through regular online donations, or regular direct debit transfers.
We are praying
We all look forward to a return to normal patterns of life and a big celebration by all of us to say thank you to God for his faithfulness in time of this crisis.
In the meantime, we continue in prayer for you as part of our Cathedral community, and ask that you remember us also as we seek out ways to maintain our ministry, proclaim the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and to continue share in fellowship.
We are praying for healthcare professionals, for doctors and nurses who are caring for the infected, and medical researchers as they seek to develop and test a vaccine.
We are praying for people at risk, and those who are fearful of infection. We are praying for those taking important strategic decisions for our nation and the world over. We are praying for those who are separated from loved ones because of quarantine or travel.
We are praying for peace of mind: that the peace of God which passes all understanding may be in our hearts, our homes and workplaces, our schools and colleges, our supermarkets and hospitals, our public transport and our airports at this time.
And we invite you to do the same. Share your prayers at email@example.com
Lord Jesus Christ,
Great physician and healer of souls, now give us your peace:
protect those working with the sick and infected,
enable researchers and laboratory staff as they seek and test a cure,
grant swift and complete healing to those infected,
calm the hearts of those fearing the impact of the pandemic on their own lives,
give your wisdom to leaders of nations and organisations
as they make plans for the people in their care,
be present with all who are lonely and isolated,
comfort those who are dying and those who mourn loved ones.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit enable us
to know you, love you, and place our trust in you,
the God who heals and restores life, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.