Love Rises to the Challenge
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?
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:
Latest COVID-19 Advice
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).
- 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.
Prayer and Solitude Resources
Having to Self Isolate or feeling stressed?
- 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.
- Just A Thought provides some other great resources for mental health and well-being.
- 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
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
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 at the top of the page)
- On Sunday – join online with some form of live worship
- 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.
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.
- 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.