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Service Times - Location - Contact

Tuggeranong Baptist Church usually gathers for worship and fellowship at the Garratt St Centre each Sunday, on Good Friday and on Resurrection Sunday at 10:00 am.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, we are numbers are limited so it is essential that you book. Each Church Service is listed in the Event section.

On-line services continue to published each Sunday and can be accessed via our website or from the Sermons section in this App.

23 Garratt Street, Wanniassa.

Email: tbchurch@internode.on.net

Ian Reid: 0401 301 193 ian.reid@mail.com


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COVID Safety Plans revised 1 November 2021

COVID Safety Plans in accordance with Public Health (Restricted Activities) Emergency Direction 2022 (No 1).

From 12:00pm on 8 January 2022.

The ACT currently has the following restrictions in place for the community and business.

When out in the community, individuals need to remember to:

  • wear a mask and wear it properly
  • maintain good hand hygiene
  • physical distance from people outside of your household - at least 1.5 metres, and
  • check in everywhere you go with the Check In CBR app.

Core Restrictions and Guidelines

  • COVID-19 Safety Plans must be prepared by certain businesses and able to be produced if requested by an authorised officer.
  • COVID-19 Safety Checklist for Small Business
  • COVID-19 Safety Guidelines
  • Certain businesses and venues must continue using Check in CBR app [Places of Worship are included in certain businesses]

Face Coverings/Masks

Recommendations:

  • The community is also strongly encouraged to continue to wear face masks during the following circumstances:
  • Anytime a person has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • When in a public indoor setting and or in areas where physical distancing from people not known to you may not be possible (for example, customers in retail, business, hospitality and education settings).
  • When in public indoor gatherings (for example in places of worship, at funerals, weddings or at a theatre).
  • When in indoor places for personal services (for example at the hairdresser and in a nail salon).
  • It is also strongly recommended that business and government service providers consider implementing their own policies around mask wearing for entry into their premises, particularly where there is extensive interaction with the public (eg government service centres).
  • Note: A face covering means a mask or other covering that fits securely around the face and covers the nose and mouth to provide the wearer with protection against infection. A scarf or bandana is not a face mask.

Places of Worship

  • 25 people across the venue before density limits apply (exc staff).
  • If places of worship wish to have more than 25 people, they can apply:
  • One person per two square metres per usable indoor space (exc staff).
  • No density limits apply to outdoor spaces.
  • Choirs should continue to maintain physical distancing from congregation while singing.
  • Maintain COVID Safe behaviours such as hand and respiratory hygiene, physical distancing, face mask use and check in where required (New)

Singing

Singing

Singing carries a high risk of transmission of COVID, due to increased droplet spread. While singing is currently permitted in the ACT, venues and event organisers should take steps to minimise the risks associated with this activity.

  • Choirs and performers should maintain a minimum of 1.5 metres from each other and two metres way from the audience/ congregation.
  • Congregational singing should continue to be discouraged. However, if congregations wish to allow singing they need to include this in their COVID Safety Plan and ensure that members maintain a minimum of 1.5 metres from each other whilst singing.
  • Additional cleaning should be undertaken of areas or equipment in range of singers/performers.


Put up signs

  • Display a sign at the entrance saying how many people can be in the venue.
  • Place signs at the entry to each usable space saying how many people can be in that space.
  • Display messaging for patrons to stay home if unwell.
  • Find the signage that best suits your venue/event at our Business resources page.

Manage the crowd

  • Manage the flow of people to promote physical distancing, particularly where people enter and leave the place of worship.
  • Encourage those attending to keep 1.5 metres away from other people/groups they do not know.
  • Discourage gatherings in communal spaces.

Keep places of worship COVID Safe

  • Avoid using collection plates and other shared equipment during services.
  • Limit the use of books, if possible.
  • Clean any shared equipment and books between each use.
  • Keep the number of church leaders and others involved in the service to a minimum and ask them to remain physically distanced
  • Singing carries a high risk due to increased droplet spread. Information about singing as a high-risk activity is available on the Protect yourself page.**
  • Minimise the number of choir members in each service. Choir members should stay at least two metres away from the congregation, those conducting the service/event and, if possible, 1.5 metres from each other when singing.
  • Minimise the number of musicians in each service. Musicians must stay at 1.5 metres away from the congregation, those conducting the service and, if possible, each other.
  • Encourage physical distancing of 1.5 metres between each group or household.
  • Increase the frequency of cleaning for high touch areas and restroom facilities.

Keep COVID safe

  • Follow your COVID Safety Plan.
  • Clean high-touch areas and objects frequently - download the WorkSafe cleaning checklist for more information.
  • Encourage physical distancing of 1.5 metres between people and groups that don’t know each other.
  • Ask any guests, staff or people conducting the service to stay home if they are feeling unwell.

What visitors need to do

Along with your responsibilities as a business or venue, your patrons and visitors have personal responsibilities when out and about as well.

They need to:

  • Use the Check In CBR app to check in. If they don’t have the Check In CBR app, use the business profile mode to check them in.
  • Take personal responsibility for their own safety, by practising COVID-safe behaviours:
  • Keep 1.5 metres away from people or groups they don’t know.
  • Avoid hugging, kissing or shaking hands
  • Maintain good personal hygiene, including regular hand washing or sanitising.
  • Stay home if they’re unwell and get tested if they have any COVID-19 symptoms. Do not congregate in large groups and maintain physical distancing while queuing





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Volunteering Process and Forms

These forms support our Safe Church - Procedure for Staff and Volunteers and are aligned to our system for Volunteering at Tuggeranong Baptist Church.

In addition to meeting the Safe Church requirements, our forms also align with the Network system of identifying the right person to place in the right position at the right time.

The Process (open the PDF for full explanation)

  1. Interest - Volunteer Expression of Interest Form
  2. Induction and Forms - Screening Questionnaire and Code of Conduct
  3. Interview - Specific ministry/role application form
  4. Specific Ministry Induction
  5. Creating Safe Spaces Training - On line module to be completed before serving and workshop within 4 months of commencement of service.
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Volunteer training - Safe Church Induction - Videos and Powerpoint presentations

Part 1 - Our Induction Videos : https://youtu.be/6s2ZkQi3wRM introduces the Safe Church concept and the videos including in the training package.. (Run time: 5 mins)

Part 2 - Safe Church Policy https://youtu.be/rmKqXPt-VNE introduces Tuggeranong Baptist Church's Safe Church policies and processes to enable us to implement the 10 Child Safe Standards identified by the Commonwealth government in response the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and endorsed by the ACT Government. (Run time: 5 mins 42 secs).

Procedures and documents that implement the Safe Church Policy are:

Procedure for Staff and Volunteers - explains how we recruit, screen, induct, train and resource staff and volunteers and record keeping requirements.

Procedure for Conflict Resolution - explains the procedure for resolving conflict between two or more staff, volunteers, members or attenders of the church in a pastoral and restorative manner rather than through a formal complaint handling procedure.

Procedure for handling complaints against staff and volunteers - sets out a procedure by which a complaint or information relating to a serious breach of the Code of Conduct can be received, investigated and resolved.

Procedure for Responding to Child Protection Concerns - sets out a procedure to follow when a complaint or information about any form of child protection concern is received.

Ministry Screen Questionnaire - asks personal questions to assist the church, its staff and volunteers to meet the obligations of the Child Safe Standards.

Code of Conduct for Staff and Volunteers - as part of our commitment to create safe spaces at the church, staff and volunteers are required to agree with, sign and abide by the Code of Conduct.

Guidelines for activities with children and young people to be read and followed by all volunteers in ministries and teams directly connected with children and young people.

Part 3 - WHS at the Garratt St Centre (Managing Risk) - introduces the health and safety systems at the Garratt St Centre. Leaders and volunteers are required to manage risk to minimise the incidence of hazards and need to be familiar with the emergency and other systems as it is possible that you may be part of a group meeting at the centre when such an occasion arises - so you need to know what to do. {Under construction - coming soon}

Part 4 - A new process - Understanding the Volunteering Process https://youtu.be/HB7jaHeLNCc explains the process and what we is required of us so that we can continue or begin to volunteer at Tuggeranong Baptist Church. Introduces the Screening Questionnaire and Code of Conduct. (Run Time 13mins 14 secs)

Part 5 - Safe Church documentation https://youtu.be/JsA0ic4IXPU An overview of some of the documentation and who to go to in various situations. The relevant PPT presentation provides more detail.


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Forms and procedures - Ministry leaders and Event coordinators

Forms to be used by ministry leaders and event co-ordinators.

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Safe Church

The attached Policy and Procedures were adopted by the Elders of Tuggeranong Baptist Church on 16 September 2020

Safe Church Policy

Outlines the commitment of the church to principles in various areas. The procedures and guidelines provide detail relate to practical implementation of the Safe Church Policy. These include:

Procedure for Staff and Volunteers - explains the procedure for recruiting, training and managing volunteers

Procedure for Conflict Resolution - sets out a procedure for resolving conflict between two or more staff, volunteers, members or attendees of the church in a pastoral and restorative manner, rather than through a formal complaint handling procedure.

Procedure for handling complaints against staff and volunteers - sets out a procedure by which a complaint or information relating to a serious breach of the Code of Conduct can be received, investigated and resolved.

Procedure for Responding to Child Protection Concerns - sets out a procedure to follow when a complaint or information about any form of child protection concern is received.

Guidelines for activities with children and young people to be read and followed by all volunteers in ministries and teams directly connected with children and young people.

Ministry Screening Questionnaire

Asks personal questions to assist the church, its staff and volunteers to meet the obligations of the Child Safe Standards.

The Code of Conduct, Version 2 was adopted on 14 June 2021

As part of our commitment to create safe spaces at the church, staff and volunteers are required to agree with, sign and abide by the Code of Conduct.



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Privacy Policy - protecting you - protecting others - how to contact others

Check out the PDF below for details of the church-specific policy details.

The policy outlines the scope and boundaries for the use of the church's database of personal information, for example the church mailing lists.

When you Create and Account on our website or in our app, you are covered by this Privacy Policy and you may also set yourself profile so that you receive Notifications about teams/events that you specify if you have you are logged in to to your account.

Protecting you - we do not disclose your information to another person on the mailing list or use the mailing list for purposes other than those listed in the policy.

Protecting others - similarly you have a role not to pass on contact details or personal or sensitive details to others.

What to do if I want to contact someone else who attends church?

  • ask them to share their personal details with you so that you can contact them
  • send a message to the church office tbchurch@internode.on.net or through contact us on the website or app with your request and giving permission for your details to be passed on to them
  • a message is sent to the person you wish to contact and your details passed to them so that they can contact you if they wish.

Ministry leaders/event organisers may use the App/Website functions to send out information to people who have opted-in to receive communications from them.

Note: This policy is also appended to the Privacy Policy that incudes details of the measures Church Central (the provider of our App and Website services) take to protect your privacy.

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How to Compose a Prayer Request

Tuggeranong Baptist Church has always provided an intercessory prayer service.

This service was originally conducted as a prayer chain when the requests were passed through a chain of phone calls and has evolved with the advance of technology.

The management of the service is now facilitated by website ad App functions.

To become a member of the Prayer Team - simply make Prayer Team one of your preferences as yo created your account. Leave the app running in the background and you will hear it sound each time a new request is added.

To Compose request for prayer - type it straight into the form on the website or, on your phone, in the app and Submit it. For more details, particularly about how to use the Options of Private and Public, see the attached.


 

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Church Database - Recording your Personal Details - Adding you to our official Mailing List

We invite each person who makes TBC their spiritual home to be included in the church fellowship database.

The database provides us with information about you that support effective pastoral care, ministry planning and communication. The information is more detailed than are captured when you create your own website/app account. 

Open the attached documents to read more about the database, your privacy and to complete and submit a request to be added to place yourself under the spiritual/pastoral care of the Eldership of the church and to receive regular communications from the church that may not be published in our app or on our website.

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