Community Response and Resources

A Call to Worship

Online Worship in our Diocese


All physical worship services have ceased and church buildings are temporarily closed. We are working on alternative ways of “being church”…

Link to Anglican Church General Synod Office information and resources throughout the country, including a Zoom sign up offer for Parishes/Organisations.

Check out some of the Online Alternatives happening within our Diocese.


  • St. Peter’s Caversham pre-recorded services – go to the St. Peter’s website for a recorded Sunday morning service and other online services.
  • All Saints’ Dunedin North pre-recorded services – go to the All Saints Facebook page for a recorded service Sundays 10.30 am
  • St. John’s Roslyn daily message from the Vicar Rev. Eric Kyte and Sunday morning service – go to the St. John’s website for these services.
  • Prayer and Worship Resources from the Cathedral Church of St Paul the Apostle, Dunedin, including live and recorded worship.
  • All Saints’ Invercargill offer online services including Sunday morning – go to All Saints’ facebook page to find these
  • Passion  Sunday Virtual Service from St Martha’s and Otago Peninsular Parish (29 March)

This area has links to online opportunities to continue in prayer and worship

National and International Worship Services
– this area will develop once as more resources are put on line. Please note, we are aware the situation is changing and we will update information below when we can. This is what we know about to date.


  • Diocese of Christchurch has a a ‘Doing Church Differently‘ page with creative ideas ministry units are having re connecting with and caring for people (including livestream links, etc). 
  • Diocese of Wellington – A live-streamed worship  on Movement Online and they are using  Freeview Channel 200.
  • Diocese of Auckland – Bishop Ross will lead Night Prayer each Sunday evening at 7.00pm. This will be livestreamed to his Facebook page and you can follow using the outline of the liturgy for the service here.
  • Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Dundee have published their liturgy sheet for 29 March. It included links to hymns played by their Pastoral Musician, Stuart Muir so you can sing along: : Fifth Sunday in Lent Liturgy
  • Scottish Episcopal Church – are posting links to on-line worship via their website 
  • International – some links to on-line opportunities from The Daily Office (Mission St Clare)

Other Opportunities


  • Daily Morning Prayers – click onto this link every day at 9 am (except Mondays) with Bishop Steve. No computer or smart phone? Telephone 04 886 0026 (it may be a toll call depending on your plan), then key in the meeting ID: 815 861 438.
  • Daily Evening Prayer: Dr. Katie Macar (Dunedin North Parish) is saying evening prayer every evening at 8 pm on Zoom. Click here at 8 pm
  • Otago Access Radio Radio Church – Services are broadcast from 8 am on Sunday mornings.
  • Hymns for Sunday Morning – this long standing weekly programme continues with a great source of traditional (and some contemporary) hymns to listen to.
  • House church resource helpful resources from the Diocese of Wellington helpful.
  • Diocese of Auckland has the Lent calendar A Journey to Easter available online now and offers short daily reflections around a different theme each week during Lent. For quick access, copy the URL and pin it to your smartphone’s home screen. 

For anyone who hasn’t use Zoom before, have a look at instructions on our Contacts page. We may set some of these up so that you are muted (you can hear but not be heard) to reduce background noise levels. You can join zoom from any device (phone, tablet or iPad, computer) that has a camera, microphone and speakers – if you get any messages saying things like “do you want to join with video”, click “yes” to them all…and choose Gallery View if you want to see others who are joining you.

Latest Advice

Please make sure you look at our Coronavirus Covid 19 Update page which has the latest information and advice and our Frequently Asked Questions.

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)

There is now a new alert system from the government, as of 21 March we are at level 3 from midnight 25 March 2 i.e. Restrict

  • Travel in areas with clusters or community transmission limited
  • Affected educational facilities closed
  • Mass gatherings cancelled
  • Public venues closed (e.g. libraries, museums, cinemas, food courts, gyms, pools, amusement parks)
  • Alternative ways of working required and some non-essential businesses should close
  • Non face-to-face primary care consultations
  • Non acute (elective) services and procedures in hospitals deferred and healthcare staff reprioritised


In short:

  • Level 4: Stay at home 
  • 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


Love in Action

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.”

We would love this area to become a collection of ideas and resources we can share with each other to bring about Love in Action. Please contact the Registrar Andrew Metcalfe  if you have anything you can share

Love in Action 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:

Prayer and Solitude Resources

Having to Self Isolate or feeling stressed?


Jesus is our shalom

The Sanctuary Course was created to raise awareness and start conversations in local Canadian churches regarding mental health challenges. In response to the COVID-19 events it offers suggestions on how the course may be run by Church groups connecting digitally.

It can be accessed via ​  

Download for free using the code available on the website until 18 April.

Topics covered include Mental Health, Mental Illness, Stigma,  Recovery, Companionship, Self-Care  and the Church.

Three different perspectives are highlighted:  psychological, social, and  theological.

Some of the included films address challenging mental health issues such as suicide  so every week a session overview is provided to give an idea of where the session is headed.

In these troubled times you may find the session on self-care helpful.  It

1. Explores the importance of self-care, boundaries, and selfcompassion

2 Considers the stresses and challenges faced by caregivers

3. Reflects on the theological implications of self-care.

In January Rev Dr John Swinton, University of Aberdeen, one of the principal authors of the series presented a University of Otago course:  Practical Theology and Mental Health.

He writes that Mental Health is the presence of Jesus, Yaheweh, it is a relationship.

Those of us within the Church, … bring to (society) …a very particular understanding of what a human being is, that resonates with holistic care, but actually goes deeper and allows open space for that interconnection between the spiritual, the soulful, and the physical.  Session 2 transcript

Judges affirms that “Yahweh is shalom.”  (Judges 6:11-24) and Paul in Ephesians (6:44) talks about the idea that Jesus is our peace. Jesus is our shalom.

(Supplied by Rev’d Vivienne Galletly)


Check out these links:

Our Resources

Other Devotional Resources


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.


Shut in or need something to do?


For Younger Ones…

  • 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 Scouts in the UK have a great on-line resource for activities children can do at home