This advice is current as of Monday 23 March 2020.
Responding to COVID-19
With the advice given by our Australian Government and medical experts, there will need to be changes made to the way Praxeis works and gathers, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We want to respond to this crisis prayerfully, considering how we can be proactive and with the expectation that God is at work.
The following is our current advice to the Praxeis community:
- Model good hygiene practise – especially good handwashing and sneeze and cough hygiene.
- Practise social distancing – keeping a distance of 1.5 meters from others (even if you are well).
- If you are unwell, self-isolate and contact a medical professional.
- Let your immediate Praxeis contact know if you are unwell.
Groups and meeting
- Move most meetings to electronic forms like Zoom.
- Cancel physical gatherings – such as prayer, church, Discovery Groups and other gatherings – to minimise the spread of the virus.
Supporting and caring for vulnerable people
Be especially vigilant with regard to people who:
- have a compromised immune system (e.g. Cancer)
- are elderly
- are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, as many people have higher rates of chronic illness
- have been diagnosed with chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, lung disease and high blood pressure
- are young children and babies.
Please make sure these people are not put at any further risk by attending prayer and other Praxeis gatherings.
Please consider people who are in:
- residential settings
- detention facilities.
Seek guidance from the institutions and stop any programs (e.g. Discovery Groups) that involve groups.
Caring for others
As the situation continues to change, it’s important that we think how God is encouraging us to be the church differently – to see God at work and how we can be disciples in this situation. May we look out for others and consider creative ways to build relationships, care for people and share the hope and love of Jesus.
- How can we encourage people to see God at work?
- How can we help people who are isolated?
- How can we help people who have fear or anxiety?
- Do I know someone who needs a phone call, a video chat or their shopping done?
- How can we continue to build discipling relationships from a distance?
Please note this advice will change as the situation develops and we can expect greater restrictions in the future. Please be aware that international health advice is different to the Australian guidelines – please seek out your local government’s health advice.
For further information, please look at these links:
- Social distancing guidance – Australian Government, Department of Health
- Advice for organising public gatherings – Australian Government, Department of Health
- COVID-19 Health Alert (General information) – Australian Government, Department of Health
- Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) – World Health Organisation