COVID-19 UPDATE 2nd JANUARY 2021 – SUTHERLAND SHIRE AND ST ANDREWS LOCATIONS

 

Following the announcements made by the NSW Premier this morning, the following changes are immediately in effect at both our Sutherland Shire and St Andrews locations:

 

MASKS
Now Compulsory

Face masks are now mandatory in most indoor settings including places of worship. Compliance starts from Monday 4th January 2021 with $200 on the spot fines for individuals for non-compliance. Children under 12 are exempt but are encouraged to wear masks where practicable. We kindly request you bring your own mask and ensure it is worn at all times while on site at Horizon Church. 

 

VENUE CAPACITY
New Limits Apply

Church venue capacity has been updated at both our NSW locations in accordance with the newly announced restrictions of 1 person per 4sqm up to a maximum of 100 people per separate area. This will significantly restrict the number of people that can attend services, however we encourage you to engage with church online via Horizon At Home and stay connected with your Life Group during this time.

 

ONSITE SERVICES
New Two Step Registration
1. In order to secure a place at one of our on-site services, registration is essential. You may register for your service of choice at HZ.CHURCH/REGISTER Once registered, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a QR code. Please print this and bring along with you or simply have it ready on your phone for the Welcome Team to check you in. 

2. In order to comply with NSW Government requirements, it is now a condition of entry for you to scan the Service NSW QR code on entry to the church premises. To help make this process smooth, please ensure you have downloaded the Service NSW app prior to arrival at church. Alternative arrangements can be made for those without access to a smartphone and our helpful check in team will be on hand to assist you with this process.

 

ONLINE SERVICES
9am + On-Demand

Our 9am Sunday service will be streamed live online on YouTube & Facebook. Simply head to HZ.CHURCH/ONLINE for the links. This service will then be available for you to watch on-demand at any time. (Please note: online services revert to 8:30am from Sunday 24th January).

 

PASTORAL CARE
Prayer and Practical Assistance
Horizon Church pastors remain available to support you during this time. To make contact with our team, please call the office on 02 9521 2933 and one of our pastors will be able to assist you.

 

COVID SAFETY

Horizon Church has been approved as a “COVID Safe Organisation”. Our staff have completed the Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 Infection Control Training and our volunteers have been trained in our COVID Safe Practices.

We have appointed and trained a COVID Safe Team who have been managing our COVID Safe Response.  These team members are easily identifiable on-site during services wearing their blue high-vis vests.

We’ve undertaken a review of our processes to ensure we are demonstrating excellence in our church environment.  Cleaning frequency has been increased and our venue will receive a thorough clean with hospital grade disinfectant in-between every service.  There will be no printed materials, offering containers or communion passed around during service.  Individual commercially packaged communion packs will be available for collection upon arrival at church.

Please remember our teams will be maintaining good social distancing practices and will continue to avoid hand to hand contact and hugs.  But not to worry, we will be there to greet you with a warm smile, a big wave or even a foot bump! Every room within our building has signage to display the permitted capacity of that space. You will notice some seats and rows are blocked out of service, so please sit with your household or close contacts in the seats we have made available to ensure we meet compliance.

 Service numbers will be capped to ensure we adhere to current gathering restrictions so it’s imperative you register to attend your service of choice.

 Hand sanitiser stations have been installed at our main entry & exit points and sanitiser is readily available right throughout the building so please make use of it!

 Face masks are compulsory and we have a limited supply available on site should you require. 

To maintain a safe worship environment, we kindly ask that if any of the following apply to you, please do not attend the service:
  • If you feel unwell or are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (eg: fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, headache shortness of breath, sneezing/runny nose or loss of sense of smell);
  • If you have COVID-19 or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test;
  • If you have been in close contact with any known or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
  • If you have returned from overseas travel or have visited an identified hotspot in the past 14 days. For the latest case locations please see Latest COVID-19 news and updates. Instead, we warmly invite you to join us online for Horizon at Home HZ.CHURCH/ONLINE

 

UPDATES

Keep In Touch! 
To stay informed with all the Horizon Church news and latest info, please ensure your contact details are up to date on HZ.CHURCH/HELLO

 

COVID-19 UPDATE 29th DECEMBER 2020 – SUTHERLAND SHIRE AND ST ANDREWS LOCATIONS

 

We are continuing to closely monitor the current COVID outbreak and make wise decisions in accordance with recommendations made by the NSW Government. We are hopeful to resume in person services early in the New Year, however at this time our state is on high alert and the Premier has made a request for residents of Greater Sydney to limit mobility.  In light of this and considering the increase in locally acquired cases and the tightening of restrictions across our city, Horizon Church will be continuing ONLINE SERVICES ONLY at this time.

ONLINE SERVICES
9am + On-Demand

Our 9am Sunday service will be streamed live online on YouTube & Facebook. Simply head to HZ.CHURCH/ONLINE for the links. This service will then be available for you to watch on-demand at any time. 

 

PASTORAL CARE

Prayer and Practical Assistance

Horizon Church pastors remain available during this time. To make contact with our team, please call the office on 02 9521 2933 and our pastor on call will be able to assist you.

UPDATES

Keep In Touch! 
To stay informed with all the Horizon Church news including updates as to when in-person services will resume, please ensure your contact details are up to date on HZ.CHURCH/HELLO

 COVID-19 UPDATE  21st DECEMBER 2020 – IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT CHRISTMAS SERVICES
 
In recent days Sydney has experienced a spike in COVID19 cases, largely confined to the Northern Beaches suburbs. While our state has responded swiftly and the new case numbers are declining, these events have, once again, changed things in our city. We have returned to greater restriction and many churches and local businesses are applying additional measures to ensure that people remain safe and healthy this Christmas. As the church we are especially committed to this end. Jeremiah beautifully articulates this:

 

Therefore, it behoves us all to be vigilant, patient and willing to sacrifice our personal liberties for the sake of our community, whose welfare we seek.” Jeremiah 29:7

 

Horizon at Home ONLINE  this Christmas
Over the last few days we as the leadership team of Horizon Church have diligently sought the best wisdom on how to approach the Christmas Season. We have received advice that while things are resolving in our city, it is prudent to save our onsite gatherings for both our Sutherland Shire and St Andrews communities until the new year.

 

With this in mind, have made the decision to host our church services online this Christmas. We will be gathering ONLINE for:
Christmas Eve (6pm and On Demand)
Christmas Day (9am and On Demand)
Sunday 27th December (9am and On Demand) 
We are among many influential churches in our city who have made the decision not to gather onsite at this time in the interests of community health and safety.

 

Horizon at Home can be accessed at hz.church/online

 

Our staff team have been hard at work creating a joyful, warm and momentous experience which we believe will bless households across our city and beyond. Pastor Brad will be bringing the Christmas Word, Pastor Keren will be leading worship, and we will be featuring special guest performer Ash Sellars, who will bring a stirring carols rendition. Of course, our well-loved pastoral team will be there to provide Christmas cheer – our pre-show on Instagram Live will be full of holly-jolly Christmas fun!

 

A Christmas Akin to the First One….
The thing that led Mary and Joseph to that rustic barn in the little town of Bethlehem was in fact a Census – a government requirement that restricted movement to one’s own town of origin for the purpose of registration. So too, the birth of Jesus likely looked different to anything Mary and Joseph would have ever envisaged the coming of their firstborn to be. And yet, in the middle of it all there were angelic visitations, prophetic confirmations and miraculous happenings…the first Christmas may have been ‘rough and ready’ but it was resplendent with glory.

 

Naturally we are disappointed that we won’t have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas in person with you this year, but we are confident that that God has a special touch of heaven for you and your family this Christmas – a promise that His glory will surround you wherever you are, as you connect with your Church family, albeit online.

 

It is likely that we will resume onsite services on Sunday 3rd January. We will ensure that we stay in close contact as things in our city return to normal.

 

With our love at Christmas,

 

Pastors Brad & Ali Bonhomme

 COVID-19 UPDATE  7TH DECEMBER 2020 – SUTHERLAND SHIRE AND ST ANDREWS LOCATIONS

SINGING IS BACK!

The NSW Government has issued an updated Health Order in regard to COVID-19 restrictions for places of worship and singing in church is now permitted! 


ADDITIONAL VENUE CAPACITY

Restrictions have also been eased in regards to venue capacity and we can now have one person per two-square meters, effectively meaning we have doubled the capacity of both our Sutherland Shire and St Andrews locations.

At this time, registration for services is still essential and service numbers will be capped in accordance with the updated COVID-19 restrictions.

Our COVID Safe Plan remains in effect and as such, the use of face masks in church continues to be strongly recommended.

SERVICE TIMES SUTHERLAND SHIRE
8:30am | 10:30am | 6:00pm* 

With the easing of restrictions, we have been afforded the opportunity to re-open our foyer so please feel free to enjoy the company of others in the cafe or head across to Peace Park to enjoy the wonderful sunshine and fresh air! There are many local cafes in the vicinity that would also appreciate your support.

We respectfully ask you to please continue maintaining physical distancing requirements whilst inside and outside the church building. Please note, to assist with maintaining physical distancing recommendations, every second row within the auditorium remains out of use and we request that you continue to sit with family and close contacts. Should you require lift access, please note that restrictions allow only one person or one household inside at a time.

*6:00pm service exclusively serves our Horizon Young Adults and Young Professionals demographic.

SERVICE TIMES ST ANDREWS
9:00am | 10:30am 

We respectfully ask you to please continue maintaining physical distancing requirements whilst inside and outside the church building. Please note, to assist with maintaining physical distancing recommendations, we request that you continue to sit with family and close contacts.

ONSITE SERVICES

Registration for the above services is essential and in order to comply with Government guidelines your name and contact details must be provided. You may register online for your service of choice at HZ.CHURCH/REGISTER

Once registered, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a QR code. Please print this and bring along with you or simply have it ready on your phone for the Welcome Team to check you in.

ONLINE SERVICES
8:30am + On-Demand

Our 8:30am Sutherland Shire service will be streamed live online on YouTube & Facebook. Simply head to HZ.CHURCH/ONLINE for the links. This service will then be available for you to watch on-demand at any time. This is a great way to engage in church if you’re unable to attend one of our onsite services.

 

COVID SAFETY

Horizon Church has been approved as a “COVID Safe Organisation”. Our staff have completed the Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 Infection Control Training and our volunteers have been trained in our COVID Safe Practices.

We have appointed and trained a COVID Safe Team who have been managing our COVID Safe Response.  These team members are easily identifiable on-site during services wearing their blue high-vis vests.

We’ve undertaken a review of our processes to ensure we are demonstrating excellence in our church environment.  Cleaning frequency has been increased and our venue will receive a thorough clean with hospital grade disinfectant in-between every service.  There will be no printed materials, offering containers or communion passed around during service.  Individual commercially packaged communion packs will be available for collection upon arrival at church.

Please remember our teams will be maintaining good social distancing practices and will continue to avoid hand to hand contact and hugs.  But not to worry, we will be there to greet you with a warm smile, a big wave or even a foot bump! Every room within our building has signage to display the permitted capacity of that space. You will notice some seats and rows are blocked out of service, so please sit with your household or close contacts in the seats we have made available to ensure we meet compliance.

Service numbers will be capped to ensure we adhere to current gathering restrictions so it’s imperative you register to attend your service of choice.

Hand sanitiser stations have been installed at our main entry & exit points and sanitiser is readily available right throughout the building so please make use of it!

Face masks are recommended and we have a limited supply available on site should you wish to use one. 

To maintain a safe worship environment, we kindly ask that if any of the following apply to you, please do not attend the service:

  • If you feel unwell or are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (eg: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, sneezing/runny nose or loss of sense of smell);
  • If you have COVID-19 or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test;
  • If you have been in close contact with any known or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
  • If you have returned from overseas travel or have visited an identified hotspot in the past 14 days. For the latest case locations please see Latest COVID-19 news and updates. Instead, we warmly invite you to join us online for Horizon at Home HZ.CHURCH/ONLINE

COVID-19 UPDATE  21ST OCTOBER 2020 – SUTHERLAND SHIRE LOCATION

Earlier today, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard made the announcement that from this Friday, Churches are permitted up to 300 attendees with the four-square meter rule still in effect.

This easing of restrictions is fantastic news for all churches and of course for our Horizon Church community! We are looking forward to having the opportunity to care for and minister to more people every week across the breadth of our services and programs.

Registration for services is still essential and service numbers will be capped in accordance with the updated COVID-19 restrictions.

Our COVID Safe Plan remains in effect and as such, the use of face masks in church continues to be highly recommended. Congregational singing is still not permitted and the foyer remains closed at this time.

 

SERVICE TIMES
8:30am | 10:30am | 6:00pm*

To allow our team the opportunity to adequately clean the venue between services, we encourage you to grab a coffee and head outside of the church building, possibly across to Peace Park or even pop in and support one of the many local cafes that have now reopened. We respectfully ask you to please continue maintaining social distancing requirements outside the church building.

*Please note from 1 November, the 6pm service will exclusively serve those in our Young Adults (18-25 yrs) and Young Professionals (our HYP ministry) demographic.

ONSITE SERVICES

Registration for our services is essential and in order to comply with Government guidelines your name and contact details must be provided. You may register for your service of choice at:  HZ.CHURCH/REGISTER

Once registered, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a QR code. Please print this and bring along with you or simply have it ready on your phone for the Welcome Team to check you in.

ONLINE SERVICES
8:30am + On-Demand

Our 8:30am service will be streamed live online on YouTube & Facebook. Simply head to  HZ.CHURCH/ONLINE for the links. This service will then be available for you to watch on-demand at any time. This is a great way to engage in church if you’re unable to attend one of our onsite services.

COVID SAFETY

Horizon Church has been approved as a “COVID Safe Organisation”. Our staff have completed the Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 Infection Control Training and our volunteers have been trained in our COVID Safe Practices.

We have appointed and trained a COVID Safe Team who have been managing our COVID Safe Response.  These team members are easily identifiable on-site during services wearing their high-vis blue vests.

We’ve undertaken a review of our processes to ensure we are demonstrating excellence in our church environment.  Cleaning frequency has been increased and our venue will receive a thorough clean with hospital grade disinfectant in-between every service.  There will be no printed materials, offering containers or communion passed around during service.  Individual commercially packaged communion packs will be available for collection upon arrival at church.

Please remember our teams will be maintaining good social distancing practices and will continue to avoid hand to hand contact and hugs.  But not to worry, we will be there to greet you with a warm smile, a big wave or even a foot bump! Every room within our building has signage to display the permitted capacity of that space. You will notice some seats and rows are blocked out of service, so please sit with your household in the seats we have made available to ensure we meet compliance.

Service numbers will be capped to ensure we adhere to current gathering restrictions so it’s imperative you register to attend your service of choice.

Hand sanitiser stations have been installed at our main entry & exit points and sanitiser is readily available right throughout the building so please make use of it!

Face masks are highly encouraged and we have a limited supply available on site should you wish to use one. Our staff and team will be wearing face masks wherever practical.

Should you require lift access, please note that restrictions allow only one person or one household inside at a time.

To maintain a safe worship environment, we kindly ask that if any of the following apply to you, please do not attend the service:

  • If you feel unwell or are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (eg: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, sneezing/runny nose or loss of sense of smell);
  • If you have COVID-19 or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test;
  • If you have been in close contact with any known or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
  • If you have returned from overseas travel or have visited an identified hotspot including Victoria in the past 14 days. For the latest case locations please see nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates#latest-covid-19-case-locations Instead, we warmly invite you to join us online for Horizon at Home www.hz.church/online

In accordance with these updates and to ensure compliance with the four-square meter rule, there are no changes to the venue capacity at our St Andrews campus at this time.

 


COVID-19 UPDATE  7TH AUGUST 2020 – SUTHERLAND SHIRE & ST ANDREWS LOCATIONS

 

In addition to our existing COVID Safe practices, please note that face masks are now highly recommended for use in church settings. Therefore our staff and team will be wearing face masks wherever practical and we strongly encourage our congregation to wear masks when attending church services.

 

ONSITE SERVICES

Registration is essential at hz.church/register and numbers in attendance are capped at our venues in accordance with current NSW restrictions.

Please note: there is currently no Encore or PM services.

 

ONLINE SERVICES

Our Sutherland Shire 8:30am service will be streamed live on YouTube and Facebook. Simply head to hz.church/online for the links. This service is then available on demand for you to watch at any time.This is a great way to engage in church if you’re unable to attend one of our onsite services.

 

COVID SAFETY

Horizon Church has been approved as a “COVID Safe Organisation”. Our staff have completed the Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 Infection Control Training and our volunteers have been trained in our COVID Safe Practices.

We have appointed and trained a COVID Safe Team who have been managing our COVID Safe Response.  These team members are easily identifiable on-site during services wearing their high-vis blue vests.
We’ve undertaken a review of our processes to ensure we are demonstrating excellence in our church environment.  Cleaning frequency has been increased and our venue will receive a thorough clean with hospital grade disinfectant in-between every service.  There will be no printed materials, offering containers or communion passed around during service.  Individual commercially packaged communion packs will be available for collection upon arrival at church.
Please remember our teams will be maintaining good social distancing practices so will be avoiding hand to hand contact and hugs.  But not to worry, we will be there to greet you with a warm smile, a big wave or even a foot bump!
Hand sanitiser stations have been installed at our main entry & exit points and sanitiser is readily available right throughout the building so please make use of it!
Face masks are highly encouraged and we have a limited supply available on site should you wish to use one. Our staff and team will be wearing face masks wherever practical.
Should you require lift access, please note that restrictions allow only one person or one household inside at a time.
To maintain a safe worship environment, we kindly ask that if any of the following apply to you, please do not attend the service:
  • If you feel unwell or are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (eg: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, sneezing/runny nose or loss of sense of smell);
  • If you have COVID-19 or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test;
  • If you have been in close contact with any known or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
  • If you have returned from overseas travel or have visited an identified hotspot including Victoria in the past 14 days. For the latest case locations please see nsw.gov.au/covid-19/latest-news-and-updates#latest-covid-19-case-locations
Instead, we warmly invite you to join us online for Horizon at Home www.hz.church/online.

 


COVID-19 UPDATE NSW – 17TH JULY 2020

 

Dear Church,

 

As you know, our church has gone above and beyond best practice in every part of this Coronavirus journey to ensure the health and safety of our church and the broader community.

You may have heard today that due to recent outbreaks there are some updated restrictions on church gatherings in NSW coming into effect from next weekend. In light of this, we have made the decision to implement the following changes to our onsite services commencing this Sunday.

 

This weekend: Sunday 19th July

ONSITE SERVICES

8:30am

10:30am

Registration is essential at hz.church/register and numbers in attendance will be capped at 150.

Please note: there is no PM service this Sunday.

 

ONLINE SERVICES

8:30am + On Demand

Our 8:30am service will be streamed live online on YouTube & Facebook. Simply head to  hz.church/online for the links. This service will then be available for you to watch on demand at any time. 

 

Ongoing from next weekend Sunday 26th July

ONSITE SERVICES

8:30am

10:30am

Registration is essential at hz.church/register and numbers in attendance will be capped at the updated NSW restriction of 100 people. Registration for these services will open mid next week.

Please note: there is no Encore or PM services.

 

ONLINE SERVICES

Our 8:30am service will be streamed live online on YouTube and Facebook. Simply head to  hz.church/online for the links. This service will then be available for you to watch on demand at any time. 

 

Our online services have been outstanding and many people have continued to engage with church in this way. Can we strongly encourage you to participate in our online services during this time, especially if you are in an at-risk health category.

We so appreciate your flexibility over the past few months as we have navigated this challenging season. The great sense of faith and expectation that we’ve witnessed has been so encouraging. We are incredibly grateful for each and every one of you – especially our volunteers and interns who have carried an incredible load in getting our services back onsite and also online! 

 

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday either onsite or online as we continue Part 3 of our series “The Generous Gift of Wisdom”.

 

Love,

Pastors Brad & Ali

 


COVID-19 UPDATE – 17TH JUNE 2020

 

WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU!

 

If you haven’t already heard the exciting news, CHURCH IS BACK!!! That’s right, Sunday July 5th, we will be meeting together back on site!

After an extended and unprecedented season, we are so looking forward to coming together as a Church.

Like most activities in the community that are starting to re-engage, there are guidelines we must adhere to in order to maintain a safe environment for our church family and the broader community.  

 

VENUE CAPACITY

As a place of worship, we are permitted 1 person per 4 sqm inside our church. This is great news for us as we have ample space in our auditorium to host you in comfort and safety. Every room within our building has signage to display the permitted capacity of that space. You will notice some seats and rows are blocked out of service, so please sit with your household in the seats we have made available to ensure we meet compliance.

Service numbers will be capped to ensure we adhere to current gathering restrictions so it’s imperative you register to attend your service of choice.

 

SERVICE TIMES

8:30am | 10:30am | 5:30pm

Please note the evening service will be different to the two morning services. 

To allow our team the opportunity to adequately clean the venue between services, we encourage you to grab a coffee and chat outside of church, head across to Peace Park or even pop into one of the many local cafes that have now reopened. We respectfully ask you to please continue maintaining social distancing requirements outside the church building.

REGISTRATION

Registration for our services is essential and in order to comply with Government guidelines your name and contact details must be provided. You may register for your service of choice at:  HZ.CHURCH/REGISTER

Once registered, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a QR code. Please print this and bring along with you or simply have it ready on your phone for the Welcome Team to check you in.

 

COVID SAFETY

Horizon Church has been approved as a “COVID Safe Business”. Our staff have completed the Australian Government Department of Health COVID-19 Infection Control Training and our volunteers have been trained in our COVID Safe Practices.

We have appointed and trained a COVID Safe Team who have been managing our COVID Safe Response.  These team members will be easily identifiable on-site during services wearing their high-vis blue vests.

We’ve undertaken a review of our processes to ensure we are demonstrating excellence in our church environment.  Cleaning frequency has been increased and our venue will receive a thorough clean with hospital grade disinfectant in-between every service.  There will be no printed materials, offering containers or communion passed around during service.  Individual commercially packaged communion packs will be available for collection upon arrival at church. 

Please remember our teams will be maintaining good social distancing practices so will be avoiding hand to hand contact and hugs.  But not to worry, we will be there to greet you with a warm smile, a big wave or even a foot bump!

Hand sanitiser stations have been installed at our main entry & exit points and sanitiser is readily available right throughout the building so please make use of it!

Should you require lift access, please note that restrictions allow only one person or one household inside at a time.

To maintain a safe worship environment, we kindly ask that if any of the following apply to you, please do not attend the service:

  • If you feel unwell or are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (eg: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, sneezing/runny nose or loss of sense of smell);
  • If you have COVID-19 or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test;
  • If you have been in close contact with any known or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the past 14 days;
  • If you have returned from overseas travel in the past 14 days.

Instead, we warmly invite you to join us online for Horizon at Home.

 

HORIZON KIDS

Kids is also back in full swing on Sunday 5th July! During this season that we’ve been meeting online, our Kids team has done an incredible job of preparing a safe environment. The Kids facilities including toys and equipment have undergone a thorough disinfectant clean.

A thorough clean will be undertaken again in-between every service.  Registration numbers for children will be capped to ensure we adhere to current gathering restrictions so it’s imperative you register your child to attend HZK during your service of choice.

 

HORIZON AT HOME

We will continue to stream our 10:30am service live on YouTube and Facebook. You can find the links and the all the info you need on our website at hz.church/online

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our pastors or team at the office on 02 9521 2933 or email [email protected] and we will be happy to assist.

 

Horizon, we have missed you SO much and cannot wait to see you in person in the coming weeks!

 

With Love,

Pastors Brad and Ali