We think of our network gathering as a family celebration. They are informal and child friendly. We sing our hearts out. There’s a contribution from different communities. We listen to God’s spirit and pray together as believers. We laugh and eat as friends.
If you are part of a micro-church community, we encourage you to come along each month to enjoy the company of others and strengthen each other as a larger church community.
As you know, the regulations around COVID-19 are continually shifting. In line with government regulations, we have a COVID-safe plan in place, which includes the following actions:
Obligations for all attendees
These obligations are for anyone attending our services:
(a) Hand sanitiser must be used upon entering and leaving the home or premises.
(b) Upon entering, ensure that your name has been recorded (CheckIn Tas) as required.
(c) Do not enter the church premises if you (or your children) are unwell (respiratory illness, cough, sneeze, vomiting, diarrhoea).
(d) If you begin to feel unwell whilst at the network gathering then leave the premises and notify a church leader that you feel unwell.
(e) Do not enter the home or premises if you are suspicious of having COVID-19 or if you have been swabbed for COVID-19 and are still in the quarantine period.
(f) Notify the church if you have contracted COVID-19 and have been in our gathering.
(g) We recommend that people are fully vaccinated as an expression of love for those who are meeting together.
(h) Masks, when required by law, are to be worn by members of the community, including during singing.
Entering the home or premises:
The doors are be propped open at the start and end of each service to reduce the risks of cross-contamination using door handles.
Hand sanitiser is available and will be used upon entering and leaving the premises.
We require every person to record their name and phone number using Check In Tas, when required by law.
Our communion elements have been prepared in line with food handling regulations.
Seating will be arranged to enable 1.5m social distancing between rows when required.
The program leader will ensure that all children sanitise their hands before and after the children’s program.
Soft-toys have been removed, and any toys that have been handled are put into a hard tub for cleaning mid-week.
Each musician / singer will bring their own instrument, including microphones and power-cords, to avoid cross-contamination. We have purchased additional equipment for those who do not have their own.
A team of volunteers are responsible for cleaning the building after each event, using a checklist.
Together Church does not own a building. We are not anti-buildings or anti-services, and love the broader communion of Christ. But our specific approach is to express faith as a network of small churches meeting in various settings, usually homes.
Please join our contact list to keep in touch with the details of our monthly gathering. In addition, each micro-church has it’s own way of communicating using social media and other online communication channels.
We’re a pretty relaxed bunch of people and there’s no need to dress up for church. Just be comfortable and tasteful. Jeans and a T-shirt are just fine.
During our gatherings, we play live music and sing contemporary worship songs.
Feel free to take part in as much or as little of the worship service as you like. There is no expectation that you will sing, or pray, or participate in ways that might seem uncomfortable to you. Sometimes it can be enjoyable to listen and stand alongside others who are singing from the heart.
If you have any questions about why we do certain things, do not hesitate to ask.
We have lots of young families and run a simple children’s programs for toddlers (walking age and older) to early primary school. Our gatherings are fairly informal and inclusive of older children and young adults.
All of our children’s ministry volunteers hold a current Registration to Work with Vulnerable People card and have received Safe Places training.
When you arrive, someone will greet you at the door and introduce you to our children’s ministry team.
We will ask you to sign your child into a program (using a simple form) and seek information about food intolerances, allergies, and medical conditions (if relevant). At the end of the gathering, you will need to collect your child by signing them out again.
And of course, please display all craft that your child brings home with pride 🙂
We usually meet for 1.5 hours, followed by morning tea.
In our tradition, you do not have to be baptised, or confirmed, to share communion (that is, to eat bread and drink wine, as a way of embracing the sacrificial love of Jesus).
Jesus invites all people to share in his life, death and resurrection. You are most welcome to join in, even if you are not 100% sure about what you believe. We simply ask that you share this sacrament in a thoughtful and respectful way, remembering that Jesus shed his blood, and broke his body for your sins, calling you to repentance and faith in response.
If you don’t feel comfortable or ready to take communion, that’s o.k. as well. You can simply sit and enjoy the background music.