‘We’re a resilient nation. We’ve lived through a water crisis. We’ve kept going through load shedding. And we’ll stand firm in faith through this pandemic. Together, we can do this.’
Phil Dooley

Last updated: 18 March 2020.

CHURCH WILL GATHER ONLINE

The leadership of Hillsong Church South Africa has decided to temporarily suspend Sunday church gatherings, starting from Sunday, 22 March 2020, in order to limit physical contact and prevent the transmission of COVID-19. This decision follows the recent national address by President Cyril Ramaphosa and advisories issued by the authorities (the National Security Council by recommendation of the National Emergency Response Committee).

The physical health and well-being of our congregation is our highest priority. At the same time, it is vital to stay connected and to keep building the church community. To ensure that our church family can remain planted in God’s House during this health crisis and still have a great church experience we will be live-streaming our Sunday services.

We would love for you to join us for online church services every Sunday so that we can keep worshipping God and receiving from the Word together, even if it looks a little different.

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Please consider the following:

BE HYGIENIC

1. WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY
Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub regularly

2. COVER A COUGH OR SNEEZE
Cover your cough or a sneeze with a disposable tissue or flexed elbow. Throw the tissue away immediately and wash your hands.

3. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE
Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

4. DON’T TOUCH
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

5. SEE A DOCTOR
If you experience respiratory symptoms like a fever or cough, please stay home. Look after yourself and seek medical care immediately.

6. PRAY
Let’s continue to pray God’s protection over our families and friends. Pray for those affected and for the medical world to find a cure.

GET HELP

If you feel sick, self isolate and call the Coronavirus Helpline
0800 029 999

Learn more about all you need to know about the Corona Virus
South Africa Resource Portal

If you are looking for correct and up to date information from the South African National Department of Health you can click on this link and send a “hi” message.

STAY CONNECTED

SMS your ‘NAME’ and ‘LOCATION’ to 47095 and we’ll help you get connect with our online experience.

If you’re looking to find a small group you can join for one of our online experiences, please email us your ‘NAME’ and ‘AREA YOU LIVE’ to groups@hillsong.co.za

Key Points: South Africa

  • *National State of Disaster Declared*
  • Travel ban from foreign nationals from high-risk countries from 18th March 2020.
  • SA citizens advised refraining from travel to or through high-risk countries effective immediately.
  • SA citizens returning from high-risk countries will have testing and self-isolation.
  • All foreign nationals that arrived into the country since mid-February from high-risk areas must be tested
  • All spheres of government must not take non-essential travel.
  • Gathering of more than 100 people prohibited
  • Schools closed from 18 March until after the “easter” weekend break.
  • Visits to all correctional facilities canceled for the next 30 days.
  • All businesses must ensure all measures taken to intensify hygiene control
  • All shopping centres must ensure all measures taken to intensify hygiene control
  • The capacity of health centers being increased nationally
    – Call for all to wash hands for 20 seconds.
    – Call for all to sneeze with a closed hand into a tissue of elbow
    – Call for all to avoid close contact with those who have flu-like symptoms
    – Call for all to practice the “elbow” greeting and not shake hands
  • National command council has been established, meeting 3 times a week, chaired by the president.
  • This virus will have a significant and drastic effect on our economy.
  • The cabinet is finalizing a package of varying fiscal measures for business labor etc.
  • We must stop spreading fake and fear to promote news
  • Swift, purposeful, and collective action required.

Ultimately, even as we pursue preventative measures and exercise wisdom in keeping ourselves and loved ones safe, our faith and security is in Jesus Christ. We pray His promise of protection over you and your family. Let’s also pray for those affected around the world, and that the virus will be quickly contained and conquered.

“Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling.” Psalm 91:9-10

LET’S CONTINUE TO PLACE OUR ENTIRE TRUST IN GOD AND CLAIM HIS POWERFUL PROMISE OF PROTECTION FOUND IN PSALM 91.