In response to the growing threat of the coronavirus outbreak, the North New South Wales Conference has made the decision to cancel Big Camp and Grey Nomads for 2020.
Over the past weeks, Conference leadership have been assessing the risk involved with the running of these events, taking recommendations from medical professionals and local health authorities. Although these are very important events on the calendar, the priority is the wellbeing of members and staff.
The NNSW Big Camp has over 3000 attendees each year and is one of the key spiritual emphasis events that the Conference facilitates. Many members travelling from all over the state and the country congregate to hear inspirational local and international speakers which make this event the spiritual highlight of the year for many families. However, in a camping environment for an extended period of time where hygiene can often be compromised, there is an increased risk of an outbreak. Grey Nomads poses unique concerns with travellers from all over the country and many high-risk attendees.
Over the past weeks, the risk of coronavirus in Australia has increased and with flu season just around the corner, we encourage all of our churches and members to take necessary precautions to ensure the health of their family. At this stage, no other Conference events have been cancelled and we recommend that church gatherings continue as normal. However, please familiarise yourself with recommendations by state health authorities and employ general preventative measures when around people. You can find more information and links to resources on the conference website.
Over the coming days, the finance team will be refunding in full all application fees for both Big Camp 2020 and Grey Nomads 2020.
Big Camp and Grey Nomads play an important role in providing opportunity for connection, friendship and corporate worship. Conference leadership are currently discussing possible options and we will be releasing more information once these decisions are made.