As we continue in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to serve the people in our care, the communities and agencies of the Lutheran Church of Australia, Queensland District share these resources to help guide our response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
In all our undertakings as people of God we hold fast to the promise that our Lord Christ Jesus dwells amongst us, providing for us and leading us. He is "Immanuel: God with us" therefore, we call upon him as people of hope, in prayer, praise and thanksgiving, trusting in his mercy and in his steadfast love.
We pray, "Kyrie eleison. Lord have mercy."
COVID19 Update 15 April 2021
Today, the Queensland Government released updated directions regarding the Queensland response to COVID19. Below you will find a summary of the revised directions that affect Places of Worship. Please remember that while congregations gather under the Industry Plan for Worship, the constantly updated ‘Restrictions on Businesses, Activities and Undertakings Directions’ will always take precedence over the Industry Plan.
As we step back into a form of new normal, always keep in mind that things can change rapidly.
Summary of current restrictions for Places of Worship
- Hygiene and cleaning practices are to be maintained
- Individuals feeling unwell should stay at home.
- Face masks do not need to be worn at church gatherings. Queenslanders are strongly encouraged to carry a mask with them at all times and wear when physical distancing is not possible.
- Indoor venues/spaces — one person per 2 square metres.
- Outdoor public spaces – do not need an Approved COVID Safe Plan or Checklist unless the event is a music festival or involves dancing (although physical distancing to be maintained)
- Physical distancing is to be observed to the extent possible. Defined social groups or family groups may sit together. The entire congregation cannot be deemed a single social group. (Please note that the definition of a Household includes those who ordinarily live at the same residence, or due to family or kinship customs have the effect of a person living across multiple residences (eg., grandparents who regularly look after grandchildren are effectively deemed a household group). To the extent reasonably possible means that where churches have fixed seating so that congregants are sitting the same way, all rows can be used if 1.5m is maintained between social groups and there is compliance with venue density.
- Funerals and weddings — one person per 2 square metres (capped at 200 people). (100% capacity is ticketed and allocated seating).
- Contact information for attendees must be recorded and stored for a minimum of 30 days and for no longer than 56 days. Use of the Check in Qld app eliminates congregation responsibility for storing and destroying this information.
- Food and drink may be served, but under the Retail Food Services Industry COVID Safe Plan or the COVID Safe Checklist: Dining and drinking. Training is mandatory for servers. Self-service of food and buffets are not permitted. To date, we have received no direction as to whether the Qld App is mandatory for post-worship tea/coffee. However, we recommend that LCAQD churches opt in to the Qld App for COVID safe check-in.
- People do not need to be seated to eat and drink.
- Small group gatherings in homes — up to 100 people.
- Hall hirer — numbers dependent on the relevant Industry Plan or Checklist applicable to the hirer’s activities.
- Youth and Children’s ministry – one person per 2 square metres, however, young people and children (0-18) do not need to follow strict adult physical distancing requirements.
Other Important Information
From the beginning of May, it will be mandatory for all places of hospitality to use the Check in Qld app to collect contact trace details. Places of Worship have not yet been mandated to use the app. However, it is highly desirable to do so. Information about the app, as well as FAQs and training videos, can be found on the Check in Qld site. This app (available on both Android and Apple platforms) is designed to simplify check in (name, email and phone number only needs to be entered once), protect personal information, and make contact tracing faster.
Check in Qld advantage for individuals
- Your details are only entered once (on first install on your phone).
- The only details recorded are name, phone number and email address.
- While currently not mandatory, the Qld Government is hoping that this app becomes the standard app used for COVID tracing login. South Australia, Victoria, and the ACT have similar state based apps.
For more information for personal use see
Check in Qld advantage for churches
- If an individual uses the app for check in, in the event of an outbreak, the congregation is no longer responsible for maintaining and passing on details to contact tracers. Further, the congregation no longer needs to be responsible for destroying the information after 56 days.
- Each registered congregation receives and displays their own unique QR code.
- Details from individuals who cannot use the Check in Qld app can be entered using the business profile mode of the app.
REMEMBER: Electronic Check in is now compulsory if food or drinks are served.
For more information for church/business use see
Significant changes have been highlighted and include:
- guidance on inconsistencies
- outdoor gatherings
- Christmas (and other specific worship celebrations)
- a QR coded way to assist with sign in
We've also produced A planning tool to help your congregation prepare for 2021
For more resources to help you reflect on your ministry & mission see https://qld.lca.org.au/resources/ministry-and-mission-resources/
Even thought public worship services have been suspended, we have a wonderful opportunity as followers of Jesus to engage with new ways of ‘being church’. We are made in the image of, and worship, a Creative and ReCreative God. We are invited to use that creativity to think of new ways of engaging each other, and reaching out to anxious people during such a time as this.
Also, see our Ministry and Mission Resources Page for:
- Church at Home Resources
- Small Group Resources
- Online Sermons/Worship Links
- Models of Faith and Connection Examples
Read this practical advice from Bishop Paul Smith about considerations for Holy Communion during a time of Pandemic
From Midnight May 15 - 10 people are permitted at a religious gathering. Some congregations are utilising an online booking system to enable Holy Communion to occur. (Primary Health Rules apply). Two systems being used (which have a free option) are