As you know, we have been using pre-recorded music in the 9.15am worship service for some time now, rather than our live bands, out of concern about virus transmission through micro-aerosol droplets. This has been accompanied by us singing with less gusto while seated. We have deeply appreciated the time and effort committed by band members and technical people, especially Tim Lee, during this time.
Recently, the worship committee have reviewed the decision and have decided that we will go back to having the live band at 9.15am worship as of this coming Sunday 6th September.
A key factor driving this decision has been the enormous time impost involved with the pre-recording of music. As we have previously shared, there is no state government or UCA Synod advice in place against choirs and bands performing in church, and a number of other churches have already gone back to having bands or choirs. We are, of course, mindful of the ongoing imperative to reduce, wherever possible, the risk of transmission (as the many practices now in place at church illustrate). The stage platform has been reconfigured, and congregation seating will be rearranged, so that band members (probably fewer in number, organised on a roster system) can be spatially distanced, both from each other and from the seated congregation.
We trust that you will join us in welcoming our bands back to live worship!
Chris Bray, Council Chair
Michael Dowling, Minister