Auckland is now at Alert Level 3 while the rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. Settings will shift to the Traffic Light settings on 3 December. This page contains extra information and resources for COVID-19. Follow this link for information on where you can attend Worship under the Traffic Lights.
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 are also planning for the shift to the NZ COVID-19 Protection Framework (Traffic Lights) from 3 December 2021.
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 Government advice for places of worship is as follows:
- All places of worship must have ways for attendees to record their visit. This can be done by asking everyone to scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer app, or by recording their contact details manually.
- Think about how you can reconfigure seating, prayer and other activities to allow for physical distancing.
- Offer online services so people who cannot attend in person can participate.
- Some religious rituals or practices need close contact — for example, a christening. Try to keep the time spent in close contact to a minimum.
- Remove communal resources such as prayer mats or prayer books.
- Encourage attendees to wear a face covering.
- Clean and sanitise musical instruments and other shared surfaces thoroughly before and after use.
- Singing, for example church choirs and other types of performance can go ahead. Performers do not need to wear a face covering.
- You can serve food and drink and host events or functions such as catered morning tea — as long as you keep to the gathering limits.
- Encourage contactless donations instead of a cash collection box.
If you are going to a place of worship
- We strongly encourage you to wear a face covering when visiting a place of worship.
- You can mix with friends and whānau, but please be considerate of others and leave enough space for people to keep their distance if they want to.
- Do not attend a service or prayer if you are unwell.
- Scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer app or give your details to the place of worship to support contact tracing.
- Take home any personal items you bring in with you — for example, a prayer mat or prayer beads.
We are aligning ourselves with advice-resources from the Government on Alert Level 2 , and have also developed our own Policy and Guidelines around various Alert Levels in our Pandemic Response Framework.
Key points for all of us
- We are still encouraged to wear face coverings when in public places with other people, and remember to scan the COVID-19 Tracer App posters or complete a manual register.
- Be kind. Make a difference by checking-in on others, especially the elderly and vulnerable
- Look after anyone that needs help. Drop supplies to any who are not able to leave their homes but ensure you have no physical contact.
Love Rises to the Challenge
We are embracing different 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?
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
- Telephone trees
- Prayer chains.
Check out these links:
Prayer and Solitude Resources
Having to Self Isolate or feeling stressed?
- The Government have some resources for supporting your mental health.
- Have a look at some tips from a Nun who has been doing this for the past 29 years…
- Real Time Resilience for dealing with COVID-19
- The Mental Health Foundation has some Top Tips for looking after your mental health and well-being.Another useful guide about improving mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic from the UK.
- The Recovery Village have resources for people struggling with mental health and addiction issues and The Palm Beach institute has some advice for anyone who may be struggling with addiction.
- Just A Thought provides some other great resources for mental health and well-being.
- Supporting Your Mental Health – a series of articles posted by the Diocese of Wellington
- Getting Through Together is another website with similar resources.
- We also have Dietary Advice for anyone who has to self isolate.
- Here are two affordable cookbooks that you might find helpful. Both of these have been released by the Heart Foundation
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?
- Paris Musées have recently made high-res digital copies of 100,000 artworks freely available to the public on their collections website.
- Some incredible museums have free virtual tour components online.
- The National Park Service in the US has a whole collection online to be explored, including photos, virtual tours, videos, and more.
- The San Diego Zoo has live webcams of many of their animals. A list along with links is here.
- 12 Famous museums with virtual tours for while you are stuck at home.
- 9 Virtual garden tours from the UK
- Paris museums have put over 100K images to view on line for unrestricted viewing
- National Geographic NZ give an oppourtunity to visit NZ from your own home….
- Another list of free online boredom busting resources from Chatterpack
- Virtual Tour of the Miracle Gardens in Dubai
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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:
- 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.)
- Join a Zoom hosted morning or evening prayer (see options for this on our On-line and Live Worship page)
- On Sunday – join online with some form of worship if you are unable to attend in person
- 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)
- Don’t forget our Gospel Conversations where each week panelists converse about the gospels for the following Sunday – great food for the mind and soul.
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.
Check out these links:
- Dioecesan Prayer Diary – a guide for your prayer for others in our Diocese
- Bishop Kelvin Wright’s Available Light Blog for regular inspiration.
- Gospel Conversations – unpacking the Gospel reading for the following Sunday
- Diocesan Educator Michael Godfrey’s Sermon blog and broken moments blog for further inspiration.
- Prayer and Worship Resources from the Cathedral Church of St Paul the Apostle, Dunedin
- Revisit our 150 year videos – some great music and a virtual tour of our churches and organisations
- Child Youth and Family Resources for younger ones
- A New Zealand Prayer Book – He Karakia Mihinare o Aotearoa online and here is a link to a daily prayer resource to help with using this.
- Te Reo Resources – brush up your Karakia and your participation in the Eucahrist in Te Reo Maori.
Other Devotional Resources
- GIA Spotify Playlists – GIA Publications (a Christian music publisher in USA) have started some playlists of music for those who are unable to attend services during this time and also have resources via their Facebook page.
- Pray as you go – daily prayer that can be downloaded onto your portable device
- Sacred Space – a resource for on-line daily prayer with apps available for your portable device
- Reimagining the Examin – a resource for prayer at the end of the day.
- There are some religious channels on TV (we make no recommendations about these, but see if there is one you appreciate): Try Freeview channels 25, 26, 27 or Sky 201, 202, 203
- Bible Gateway – searchable on-line versions of the scriptures in 150 versions and 50 languages.
For Younger Ones…
- Anglican Schools Office – A resource page filled with what our school chaplains are doing around the country
- Illustrated Ministry – link to receive free weekly resources (especially for those who need activities for children, devotions, meditative colouring pages and so on)
- See the STRANDZ website – (Strandz is the hub of Children + Families ministry in the Anglican Dioceses of New Zealand)
- The Times Magazine for Kids has made their Digital Libary free
- The Scouts in the UK have a great on-line resource for activities children can do at home