Community Response and Resources

We are embracing change and new ways of ministry as we unite against COVID-19


Bishop Steve has asked: Who in your faith community needs a daily phone call? Needs shopping done – possibly to be left at the front door? Who would value your prayers and a chat?

“How can we make these restrictions an opportunity for personal spiritual intimacy with God? Re-awakening in us again the prime directive that we can only love God and others because God loved us first.”

Dame Anne Salmond writes:

“Instead of “social distancing”, we can show aroha by blowing kisses, or putting hand on heart, or waving (especially the “East Coast wave”), still expressing affection while keeping each other safe.  Instead of “self-isolation”, leaving frightened, vulnerable people to fend for themselves, we can set up a Tiaki Helpline, making sure they have someone to talk to, and access to food and medicine. Instead of sacrificing our kaumātua, let’s adopt a manāki strategy that cares for the elders, since they are most at risk.Aroha ki te tangata, tiaki i te whenua, manāki i ngā kaumatua – Love the people, care for the land, look after our elders. This is a time to show our mettle as a nation, and stand tall in the land.”

If you have any ideas and resources to share to help love rise to the challenge, please contact the Registrar Andrew Metcalfe .

Love Rises to the Challenge Ideas and Resources

  • How about you print out (onto light card) and give the COVID-19_Community-Card to drop off to neighbours, especially if you know someone is isolated?

Make sure your Parish or Church contacts list is up to date.

What about other ways of continuing ministry such as:

  • Regular emails
  • Podcasts or videos/live streams of services/events
  • Use of social media/websites to publish prayers, readings, reflections, music, etc.
  • Services of prayer that parishioners can use from home
  • Webinars
  • Telephone trees
  • Prayer chains.


Check out these links:

Latest COVID-19 Advice

Please make sure you look at our Coronavirus Covid-19 Level 2 Update page which has the latest information and advice. We have updated these links as we are on Alert Level 2 from 14 May 2020.

We are sharing best practice related to what an evolving situation presents us with. Remember that as people who read the Bible, Pray and Live out the Life of Christ, that we continue to put our trust in Christ and be agents of calm and reassurance in our communities.


The Ministry of Health recommends that you should follow the usual precautions including:


  • If you feel unwell, stay at home. Use Healthline’s dedicated 0800 number for COVID-19 health advice and information (0800 358 5453).
  • Avoid close contact with people with cold or flu-like illnesses.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing.
  • Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly:
    • before eating or handling food
    • after using the toilet
    • after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
    • after caring for sick people.
  • Maintain a physical distance of at least 2 meters for anyone who is not part of your household and  2 meters if having contact with someone is if self isolating (for no more than 15 minutes)
  • Maintain a physical distance of at least 1 meter from people that you you know (including environments where contact tracing is in place). 

In short:

  • Level 2 began on Thursday 14 May. We will move to the maximum numbers allowed indoors at this Level (100) from Friday 29 May, but this must be handled with safety in mind. Level 2 Settings will be reviewed on 8 June and the actual Level we are on will be reviewed on 24 June. The main message is to play it safe so we can maintain all of our hard won gains.
  • Alert Level 2 requires that you
    • Keep your distance from other people in public i.e. ideally 2 metres for those we don’t know outside the home and 1 metre in places where we know others and contract tracing measures are in place.
    • Keep a note of where you have been and who you have seen.
  • Wash and dry your hands. Wash often. Use soap. 20 seconds. Then dry. This kills the virus by bursting its protective bubble.Use a sanitiser if running water not immediately available.
  • Be kind. Drop supplies to those at home sick and ensure you have no physical contact.
  • Maintain a distance of 2 metres with maximum of 15 minutes with anyone outside your immediate household (e.g. if you are going for a breath of fresh air outside). Use the phone, a video messaging system or something similar.

Want to know more? See the Ministry of Health’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage  or the Government’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage


Prayer and Solitude Resources

Having to Self Isolate or feeling stressed?


Are you supporting others?


Tear Fund have a useful resource that describes what can be going on during a pandemic or other natural disaster and is worth reading. It also had practical tips for taking care of your own well-being. 

Shut in or need something to do?


For Younger Ones…

A prayer on page 465 of A New Zealand Prayer books starts by saying:  “God of peace let us your people know that at the heart of turbulence there is an inner calm which comes from you…” 

Regular Patterns of Worship

Why not create a worship shape to your week – have a particular place and time and light a candle when you start. For example:

  1. Every day – a short time with a Bible reading and prayer for family and a reflection on the
    day. (Family Prayer from p 187
    ANZPB is an option.)
  2. Join a Zoom hosted morning or evening prayer (see options for this at the top of the page)
  3. On Sunday – join online with some form of live worship
  4. Once a week – a study style time when you “dig-in” and learn about something biblical or theological. Share your reflections with a couple of people by email or set up a Zoom meeting for this with others that you know (talk to the Diocesan Office if you need a hand)

Some resources to feed your mind and Soul

  • The Bible Project – a series on YouTube that will help you understand more about how the Bible has come together
  • Pilgrim Course – a series of studies with supporting videos exploring faith from (Church of England)
  • C.S. Lewis Doodles – a BBC series on YouTube that reads through  works such as Mere Christianity, with accompanying graphics.


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