Church Family


We are thankful to once again be taking the steps toward coming back from COVID. We have seen that our church is a resilient bunch, and it is now that a strong spirit of unity most counts.

From the 31st of October you will once again have three options for worship on Sunday:


1.  Continue joining us online either at 10:30am or 5:00pm

2.  Rostered/Reserved seats for the 10:30am service (up to 50)

3.  Rostered/Reserved seats for the 5:00pm service (up to 50)  


Our goal is to facilitate regathering in a safe and compliant way, and to make our services as “touchless” as possible. We have tried to make these guidelines simple, asking you to manage your own risk and to express care toward others.  

As we saw from the last comeback out of the lockdown, this plan is fluid and represents only the “first phase” of returning to church. We ask you to regather in person only when you are comfortable doing so.

We love you and look forward to worshipping with you, either in person or online. We pray diligently that this hardship will pass and that you will stay healthy and safe.

Service Schedule and Details
Sunday Schedule

Once the state goal of 80% vaccination was hit, our state is allowing gatherings based on square metres. We will see this number increase in December and over time, come to be fully open once again. At this juncture, our auditorium is only able to have up to 50 adults apart from essential church workers.

Worship Services—10:30AM, 5:00PM
  • Families living in the same household will be seated together.
  • Seating will be designated and will be clearly marked (ushers will help facilitate spacing).
  • Sunday attendance will flow through using a rostering system based on the small groups ministry, if there is extra seating available, registrations will also be available online and you will be able to secure a seat on a non-rostered week.
  • You are encouraged to watch the live-stream of the service you are not rostered for or do not have reservations for.
  • Nursery facilities will be open with additional policies in place.
Midweek Service—7:00PM
  • Midweek Service will remain digital only.
  • To facilitate the limited gatherings, the small groups will have rostered weeks of attendance. This is to ensure that everyone will be able to attend in person.
  • Any excess seating will be opened for reservation on Thursday afternoon of each week.
  • You can reserve online or through the church app. To make a reservation, visit
Seating Spaces

We will provide multiple separate seating spaces during each service. This will help with social distancing, flow, and families with small children.

  • The Fellowship Hall will be accessible for overflow purposes only, with the service provided on a screen.
Sanitisation of Facilities

 While we always seek to maintain high standards of cleanliness, extra measures have been taken to clean our common areas.

  • A specialised team of volunteers will do the cleaning in between services and restock the toilets for supplies of soap and paper towels.
  • Disinfectants and other chemicals used in cleaning the property will be used in accordance to the manufacturers guidelines.
  • Common areas will have purified air and all air filters sanitised weekly.
  • Nursery workers will be sanitising all toys immediately after use and nursery facilities thoroughly wiped down after each service.

In the last month, we have hired temporary additional cleaning staff to sanitize chairs, surfaces, and toys.

Adjustments Made for Your Safety

 Our goal is to make service attendance as “touchless” as possible.

  • Airflow will be consistent throughout the building.
  • All bins have been replaced with open top or pedal and indoor bins have been removed.
  • All door handles and surfaces in bathrooms and common areas will be cleaned before, in between, and after services.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at all entrances and throughout the building.
Social Distancing and Safety
Before You Attend

Please stay home if you or anyone in your family is showing symptoms of illness. Please note below list of symptoms based on the NSW Government Health website:

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat and shortness of breath.
  • Other reported symptoms of COVID-19 include loss of smell, loss of taste, runny nose, muscle pain, joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting and loss of appetite.
  • In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress.
Entering the Property
  • Prior to entering the property, you will be required to check in either via Prospect Highway or Alice Street.
    • In accordance with government guidelines, please check in via the QR code
    • If you are unable to scan using your mobile phone, an attendant can assist you by checking you in manually.
    • Churches are exempt from the need to show a vaccination certificate. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated my return for worship services.
  • Please observe signage throughout the property.
  • Masks are compulsory for all indoor areas, especially when physical distance may be compromised.
  • Sermon outlines, bulletins and other modes of information will only be available for download via email, website or app.
  • You will be asked to sanitise your hands upon entering any facility.
  • Handshaking should be replaced with a friendly wave.
  • Hot coffee and food service will not be available.
Inside the Auditorium
  • Rows for seating will be marked clearly.
  • Offering bags will not be passed around. We ask you to continue giving online, or you may use the offering box in the lobby.
  • There will be no greeting/handshaking time.
  • Temporarily, we ask you to refrain from physical contact with those outside of your family.
  • During dismissal, please maintain social distancing and avoid congregating near doors and aisles. Please be careful as you exit.
  • Entries and exits will be clearly marked.
  • Temporarily, please avoid crowding the lobby or toilet areas.
  • After dismissal, please exit the property promptly so that we can reset for the next service.
Seniors and the immunocompromised

 It is safest for seniors (65+) and the immunocompromised to avoid large gatherings for now. The NSW Government strongly recommend that you continue engaging online throughout this time.

Who is at risk?

 Based on what we know now, those at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:

•       People 65 years and older
•       People with underlying medical conditions

Medical conditions include, but are not limited to:
•       Chronic lung disease or asthma
•       Heart conditions
•       Diabetes
•       immunocompromised

 If we become aware that someone who has attended a service becomes ill we will follow these procedures:

•       We will ask the person to stay home and seek medical care if needed.
•       We will contact all attendees present at the same service as the person who was ill.
•       Any areas we determine the confirmed COVID-19 person visited will be sanitised carefully.



Thank you for understanding the need for these guidelines. As we begin our second comeback, we each assume a certain level of risk and responsibility. Please only assume that risk when you are comfortable doing so in relation to your personal vulnerability. Please help us protect others by embracing these guidelines responsibly.

While enhanced safety measures are being taken at Southland Baptist Church, an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the NSW Health Authorities, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By visiting Southland Baptist Church, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.