Community Response and Resources

We have moved into Alert Level 2 (with Auckland at Level 3) from 6 am Sunday 28 February for 7 days. This page contains extra information and resources for COVID-19

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 28 February 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.

In short:

We are operating under the Government alert system from the government and are currently at Level 2 i.e. Reduce from 28 February 2021. We are following government directives which are ultimately working towards eliminating the COVID-19 virus.

We have policies, guidelines and resources that will help you adjust your activities under level 2.

Key information from the latest Level 2 guidance as it relates to Faith Communities is sumarised below:

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 contact tracing measures are in place.
  • 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. Wash and dry your hands: 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.
  • Keep a note of where you have been and who you have seen,  download and use the Government COVID-19 Tracing app, if you are able.
  • Wear a face mask if you can in public and you must wear a mask if using public transport. Have a look at current advice on the use of these.

Only controlled gatherings will be permitted  (a maximum of up to 100 in total indoors or outdoors) while maintaining public health hygiene, physical distancing and contact tracing requirements. This is to reduce the risk when people who know each other well socialise or fellowship together.

Any small or larger church related groups or services must conform to public health measures including washing hands, keeping surfaces clean, limiting numbers to allow safe physical distancing and noting attendees for contact tracing. An Action Plan for these must be signed off by the Bishop. Smaller gatherings/groups can still take place on-line with no restrictions. 

Advice for all Alert levels: 

  • Be kind. Drop supplies to those at home sick and ensure you have no physical contact.

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

 

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?

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?

 

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?

 

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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:

  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 on our On-line and Live Worship page)
  3. On Sunday – join online with some form of  worship if you are unable to attend in person
  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.

 

Check out these links:

Our Resources

Other Devotional Resources

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