6th December 2020

COVID-19 Church Resources

As the body of Christ, we now have an opportunity to serve, more than ever, by providing care, love and hope to others in our community. And we can do this together by sharing the load and resources.

Our BUV staff are just a phone call away if you need any advice. You can also go to our website www.buv.com.au/coronavirus or follow us on social media where you’ll find the latest advice on Government’s restrictions.

We are also building a resource library on this page for you. If you have resources to share with the wider Baptist family, we’d love to hear from you. Please email comms@buv.com.au


COVIDSAFE Resources 

VIC GOV Free QR Code Service

Best Practice Tips for Reopening

Industry Restart Guidelines

How to Use Google Forms to Create a Free COVID-19 Contact Tracing Form – With QR Code

Contactless record keeping App – Sign in Safe
Sign in Safe is a web-based application built initially primarily for Glen Waverley Anglican Church – and now extended for churches and non profits. The app allows patrons to your site to scan a QR code as they enter your premises. The application logs their name and phone number as well as the date and time of entry and exit.

Free Infection Control Training
Free, short, accredited training is available to help staff identify and manage the ongoing risk of coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the workplace. Free infection control training will help businesses prepare to safely reopen and ensure their customers and workforce are protected.

6 Principles to a COVIDSafe workplace
You must regularly review your COVIDSafe Plan to ensure it is up to date and aligns with the latest advice.  You don’t need to rewrite your COVIDSafe Plan in the revised template, however you should review your current plan against the updated guidelines and ensure it covers off the requirements under the six COVIDSafe Principles

Baptist Insurance Creating a COVIDSafe Plan
RBC COVIDSafe Plan Example
Vic Gov COVIDSafe Plan
Vic Gov COVIDSafe Plan in other Languages
Workplace Checklist
Information on Face Masks
Information on Cleaning and Disinfection
Information on Density Quotient
Signs, Posters and Templates
Record Keeping Requirements
Preparing your Church for Coronavirus
Checklist for Church Members Returning to In-Person Services
Should I attend worship services at my Church
Useful Resources for Reopening
10 considerations for running socially-distanced events



Leadership Resources

Leading Teams Through Tough Times
NCLS 5 clues to connect
A Call to Persevere – Building Pastoral Resilience in a Crisis
Leadership Questions for Now and Then
Lewis Holdway legal advice on holding church meetings during COVID-19
CMAA Covid-19 resources
20 Practical ways to be missional in COVID-19 – Blessed to be a blessing
Community Portrait – what is a community portrait and how to start on
10 tips for Leading During a Time of Crisis by Karl Faase, Olive Tree Media
Tips on how to stay safe online during the COVID-19 pandemic
3 ways to use social media missionally
Go Old School, Go New School, Go All Out
Pastorally Caring for the Vulnerable Community
Template for Lay Leaders Making Care Calls
Managing disruption caused by COVID-19
100 ideas for ministers and ministry leaders
Responding Pastorally to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Preparing for Potential Church Closure FAQs
Coronavirus and Church Planning Template



JobKeeper and other Finance updates
Emergency relief support for people on temporary visas
Important JobKeeper Information 5th May 2020
Join our Treasurers and Secretary Facebook Page
JobKeeper payment rules and details – A guide for churches (as at 16/4/20)
Four Ways to Simplify Your Church Finances
Church Finance Advice – Updated 7 April
Government assistance to churches during Covid-19
Baptist Financial Services COVID-19 Advice: Electronic giving, reduced rates
7 ideas for church financial leaders amid the covid-19 pandemic
Saward Dawson report on all State and Federal Stimulus packages


Safe Church – Essential Requirements 

Join our Safe Church Facebook Page
Child Safe Standards
Reportable Conduct Scheme

Mandatory Reporting
– (as from 17/02/2020 includes pastors, deacons and elders)

Working With Children Check
– for all leaders and volunteers over 18

Police check
– for relevant leaders over 18

Code of Conduct

Sample Staff and Volunteer Pack
– Thanks for Wonthaggi Baptist Church for sharing this sample document. It is provided as a resource for you to create your own church’s documentation, but should not be seen as a prescriptive template. 

Sample Digital Communication Policy
– Thanks to NewHope Baptist Church for sharing this document.


Managing Mental Health

Vic Gov Mental Health Resources
10 Tips for Coping with Infectious Diseases
Don’t give up (5 week series) by Kyle Idleman
BUV Resilience Resources – a call to persevere
The Sanctuary Course
Online well-being resources
Looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak
10 psychological tips for coping with infectious diseases
How to Protect Your Mental Health
HeadtoHealth COVID-19 Support

List of Community Care organisations / Counselling services within the BUV:
Crossway LifeCare
Gilead Counselling
Karinya Counselling Centres
MGA Counselling
Millpark Community Care
NewHope Medical
OneCare Geelong
Wellington Care Centre


Children and Families Resources

Getting Back to Playgroup Handbook
E-Safety Commissioner Tips for young people and their parents / carers
29 Ways to Do Ministry when Church is Cancelled
Coronavirus, children, anxiety and the church (BuildingFaith)
Explaining coronavirus to kids and the science of soap
Talking to kids about coronavirus
Lost Sheep resources
Free Easter Books for Children


Online Church

There are several ways for your church to pre-record or livestream your church service. Here are some useful resources for your reference:

Captioning Service
From Zero to Go – Essendon Baptist Church
How to make the best video of yourself when you have no gear
How to live stream your church service
Basic Live Streaming For Churches
Crossover Church Online Advice
ZOOM advice
WhatsApp advice
CCLI Church Streaming Licence
How to Launch Your Church Online Quickly
Connecting your Church during COVID-19
Online Baptist church service details
Free COVID-19 Graphics
Crossover Outreach Resources
If You Are Self-isolating, I Can Help


Sermon and Worship Resources

Worship resources from Sanctuary Baptist Church
Worship resources from Box Hill Baptist Church
Worship and sermon resources from Sons of Korah
Devotion and song by Andrew Naylor
Worship resources from NewHope Baptist Church
Worship resources from Crossway Baptist Church


Church at Home

Church at Home resources (Grow Ministries)
Weekly Resources for all age
StoryPath (linking lectionary to children’s literature)
Lent Engage Together (can be adapted for home/small group use)


Official Information

Baptist Insurance Services
Victoria Government Health and Human Services
Victoria Government Reopening Roadmap
Safework Victoria Information
COVID-19 and Domestic Violence
COVID-19 Self Assessment
COVID-19 Isolation Guidance (various languages)
Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws


Translated Resources 

DHHS Translated Resources

Burmese: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/burmese
Chin: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/chin
Chinese: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/chinese
Karen: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/karen
Korean: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/korean
Samoan: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/samoan
Vietnamese: https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus/vietnamese

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