All Sydney Anglicans need to know to respond to Covid19
Welcome to the centre for all information about our churches and their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the suspension of public gatherings for the time being - our churches and our diocesan organisations are working with top priority to respond to this crisis. As you scroll this page you will find information on how the many areas of our church life and outreach can adapt in the months ahead and how you can help. What should characterise our actions are faithfulness to God and love of all people. May God empower us to such action which is pleasing in his sight and brings honour to his name.
Archbishop Glenn Davies
Latest changes as at April 7, 2020:
- Updated answer on financial assistance for parishes on the church worker FAQ page.
- Watch again a zoom conference on pastoral care presented by Ann Cunningham, Jo Gibbs and Sally Sims. See Caring during COVID-19.
- Common Prayer for Homes added in Prayer section below.
- Music in church services - story here. Updated copyright information also in the music section below.
- Updated information on funerals. Public Health Order amendment (Apr 3) does not count those conducting the service in the 10 person rule. See answer on church worker FAQ.
- Added: Form letter to show to authorities if needed, regarding live-streaming recording. More than two church workers, paid or volunteer, are permitted with social distancing. Please see answer on the church worker FAQ.
- Southern Cross now available to view online or to download. Please share this link.
- A reminder about Safe Ministry while video conferencing. Safe ministry link here.
Week two of live-streaming.
Archbishop's Day of Prayer video
Archbishop's term extended
Keep yourself and others safe by checking our
For church leaders, workers and wardens:
Know how to respond in each situation if you are involved in running a church. Check our
We are urging fervent prayer for all aspects of life and health, church fellowship and outreach. There will be a day of prayer on 29 March and the Cathedrals in Sydney, Wollongong and Parramatta will ring bells for prayer at midday on Mondays and Thursdays.
NSW Dept of Health latest COVID-19 updates
Frequently Asked Questions from NSW Health
You can download the Federal Health Department's Coronavirus app:
What you must know about COVID-19 - Dr Charlotte Hespe
An online service from St Andrew's Cathedral is available.
Other Anglican churches will be live streaming services and the list will be updated here. Languages other than English are available. We always recommend you prioritise your own church if you are a regular attender. Your congregation needs your support. To list your Anglican church here, email us.
Click here for the full list of churches by suburb.
Pastoral Care and Community Resources:
See the Pastoral care page
How to keep a small church going during COVID-19
Ideas for connecting
Mental Health - from Keith Condie
Cards to drop into neighbours:
Viral kindness idea
Livestreaming during lockdown.
Zoom Meetings for ministry workers:
God has gifted us with great talents across our churches. There are three zoom conversations which pooled the collective wisdom of ministry workers in our diocese. Watch again with these links.
Youth and children’s ministry in a virtual-church world.
Convener: Ed Springer, Youthworks Ministry Support
Using Zoom for interactive online church gatherings
Recorded: Watch again on Zoom
Convener: Mike Paget, St Barnabas Broadway
Using Facebook Live to livestream to your congregation.
Recorded: Watch again on Zoom
Conveners: Roger Fitzhardinge and Jodie McNeill
Hints for speaking to camera
GAFCON on streaming
TGC on live streaming basics
Geneva push advice
How to use Zoom during COVID19
Protect yourself from zoombombing
Leading a virtual group from Hunter Bible Church
If your church does decide to create and broadcast your own service, remember to support the musicians whose music you may be using. Here are some links to the licensing requirements for webinars and online broadcasts as well as hymns in the public domain.
Those who are using contemporary songs will need to purchase a licence via CCLI as noted above. Those who are using traditional hymns played live rather than recordings should not require permission if the music is in the public domain (which much of it is).
As far as we are aware - Several Christian music publishing/performing groups and individuals have granted churches blanket rights for the inclusion of their sound recordings and/or videos in church live-streams during the lockdown period. Let us know if there are others.
We understand you can use any songs (with appropriate copyright attribution) from:
- Emu music
- Sovereign Grace
- Keith & Kristyn Getty
- Colin Buchanan
- City Alight (see here)
Streaming licence for churches available through CCLI
CCLI’s list of public domain songs
The 100 most popular songs in churches for 2019
Copyright and Privacy:
Copyright for the use of material from A Prayer Book for Australia should be acknowledged during live streaming and a graphic added to end of any published videos.
Showing film scenes, videos or clips during live streaming services will require specific licencing to prevent against any breaches of copyright.
Privacy law should also be considered in the case of live streaming. Ensuring that you have the permission of those who may appear in your live stream will minimise the risk of a privacy breach.
Kids’ Talks and songs with Colin Buchanan (and some colouring in pages)
Sweet Honeycomb (run by Lara Beeston) offers a range of beautiful colouring-in pages featuring Scripture verses (all for free for the next three months)
The Lord’s Prayer paraphrase from the Jesus Storybook Bible, read by Sally Lloyd-Jones