Thornbury Church of Christ

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Sunday Services

We are relaunching Sunday gatherings!

We are delighted that we are able to relaunch our Sunday 10:00am Worship in-person from Sunday 5th December, along with our Sunday Livestream via Zoom (link in red box above).  

Will I need to be vaccinated to come along in-person?

When our Church re-opens for on-site worship, anyone aged over 16 years will need to be fully vaccinated when attending worship services in the buildings. For many of us, this feels very counter-intuitive to the way Church is supposed to work, and we at Thornbury Church of Christ remain committed to being a Church that is as open, inclusive and welcoming as possible, to all people.

However, we are in extraordinary times, there is a deadly pandemic, and we feel called to care for and protect the most vulnerable amongst us, particularly our elderly and immunocompromised members and children who are unable to be vaccinated. We also are committed to complying with all Victorian Government and Churches of Christ Vic-Tas advice.

We look forward to the day when we can re-open our worship gatherings to all, regardless of vaccination status, but we feel strongly that we need to care for our most vulnerable people in this time. We acknowledge that this measure will cause some pain and discomfort.

Will I have to show proof of vaccination when I attend?

Yes, you will need to confirm your vaccination status when checking in on-site. Evidence of vaccination can include:

  • COVID-19 digital certificate within the Service Victoria app on a smartphone (needs to be linked first by user - here's how to do it)
  • Immunisation history statement available from Medicare
  • MyGov COVID-19 digital certificate
  • My Health Record and Medicare online account
  • Proof of relevant medical exemption (e.g. a letter from a GP)

Those who are unvaccinated or do not wish to disclose their vaccination status are able to join us online via our 10am Sunday Livestream via Zoom.

This will be in place for the month of December, January 2nd, 9th, and 16th will be online only 

and in-person services will re-commence on 23rd January where this will all be reviewed. 

What if I don't have proof of vaccination?

Call the Australian Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809 from Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.  

What else can I expect when we regather in-person?

Firstly, excitement and joy that we can gather together on-site again! Secondly, there will be a number of measures in place to ensure our gatherings are Covid-safe. These will include: 

  • Checking in using the ServiceVictoria QR code. 
  • Wearing masks when singing. 
  • Social distancing. 
  • Sanitiser made available around our building. 
This is a challenging time.

We want to acknowledge that the current environment is a challenging one for many of us and that there are a range of perspectives in our community on both the vaccine and Government decisions. The desire and responsibility that our Church Executive has is to act in all matters with grace, wisdom, generosity and inclusion and certainly we are committed to being as welcoming and open to everyone, as is possible for us as a Church to be in this time.

What if I have a medical exemption for the vaccine?

We are still waiting on specific details from the Victorian Government, but our current understanding is that if you have a medical exemption you will be treated as if you are vaccinated for the purposes of attending gatherings restricted to vaccinated people.

Our Sunday program is varied and evolving as we grow and change as a community.  We currently have four different types of services each month, for some brief descriptions see below:  

1st & 5th Sunday of the monthRoger will accompany us in worship on the organ/piano accordion, we will share communion together and listen to a message on the bible.

2nd Sunday of the month:  We listen to a DVD song and share communion together before watching a short video from a teaching series.  Currently we are working through 'Jesus The Game Changer' Season 1. We then break up into small groups to discuss the course material.

3rd Sunday of the month:  We spend time in extended worship with Jason on piano & music clips. The prophetic is encouraged and we share communion together and Sue will bring a message. 

4th Sunday of the month: Bible Study only at 10am (Community Lunch Day 12pm-1pm)

(December & January dates for the lunch has moved due to the public holidays, see calendar for changes)