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The Methodist Connexional Office is located at:

Weteriana House
50 Langdons Road
Papanui
Christchurch 8053

Postal address
:

PO Box 931, Christchurch 8140

T. (03) 366 6049   I. 0800 266 639

Please phone our main line (as above) and at the prompt either dial '0' to speak to Reception or enter an extension number. FOR A LIST OF EXTENSIONS CLICK HERE

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Changes from previous Response version are highlighted in yellow
          



Church Services 

                                   
Activity Level 1 - Prepare  Level 2 - Reduce  Level 3 - Restrict  Level 4 - Lockdown

Indoors (limited people)
  
Alert Level 2.0 up to 100 people

Face mask use recommended in Auckland

Otherwise no restrictions
Number restrictions
Physical distancing
No gatherings No gatherings
Indoors (unlimited people) Face mask use recommended in Auckland

Otherwise no restrictions
No large gatherings No gatherings No gatherings
Outdoors (limited people)
  Alert Level 2.0 up to 100 people
No restrictions Number restrictions Physical distancing   No gatherings No gatherings
Outdoors (unlimited people) No restrictions No large gatherings  No gatherings No gatherings
Offerings No restrictions  Take hygienic care
Do not pass the plate 
Online offerings only Online offerings only
Food service at church No restrictions 
Take hygienic care

Do not serve food.
Allow people to bring their own.
No sharing!
No gatherings - no food service  No gatherings - no food service
Online/email/telephone No restrictions 
Include those unable to be present.
Keep sharing
No restrictions 
Include those unable to be present.
Keep sharing
No restrictions 
Include those without internet.
Keep sharing
No restrictions 
Include those without internet.
Keep sharing
Singing   Face mask use recommended in Auckland

Otherwise sing the roof off!

Everyone wears a facemask
Physically distance
Maintain gathering numbers
Keep contact tracing!
Practice good hygiene
Sing only in your bubble  Only sing in your bubble
                 
Resources for Church Services
Online Service Resources Click Here
Faith and Order - Lectionary 2020-2021 Lectionary (Year B) Commences in November 2020
Facebook page Facebook search for: Methodist Church of New Zealand Te Hahi Weteriana o Aotearoa
Support Information Click separately for Uniting parishesHoly CommunionGood hygiene - helping others  and more Support Information
Face Masks Click Here
19 November 2020. With the Govt requirements for Face Masks in Auckland at Alert Level 1 the Methodist Church also recommends wearing face masks for church services and events. Please consider how you will manage Church services and events to support wearing face masks throughout.
Click here to read more about 'Why wear face masks at Alert Level 1?'.

 CV partner advice may differ 

     


           
At All Times 
                                    
Activity  Level 1 - Prepare  Level 2 - Reduce  Level 3 - Restrict  Level 4 - Lockdown

At-risk people able to mingle

2m physical distancing.
No touching stuff!
Don't share!
Keep yourself safe.
2m physical distancing.
No sharing!
Protect your bubble.
Let others run around for you.
Protect your bubble.
Let others run around for you.
Unwell people able to mingle  Please stay home.
Seek medical advice.
Please stay home.
Seek medical advice.
Please stay home.
Seek medical advice.
Please stay home.
Seek medical advice.
Contact Tracing Know where you have been.
Keep track of who, where, when.
Know where you have been.
Keep track of who, where, when visited our buildings
Stay home, save lives.
Only essential workers may go to work
Stay home, save lives.
Only essential workers may go to work.
QR Code Poster for Contract Tracer App  Every non residential church building must display a QR Code Every non residential church building must display a QR Code Every non residential church building must display a QR Code Every non residential church building must display a QR Code
Public Hygiene Standards Protect yourself & others in 6 steps Protect yourself & others in 6 steps Protect yourself & others in 6 steps Protect yourself & others in 6 steps
Practice physical distancing People may not wish to touch. 2m for strangers
1m for friends
Stay home, save lives Stay home, save lives
Online/email/telephone No restrictions however remember at-risk people who aren't mingling yet No restrictions however remember not everyone is wanting to be near others yet No limitations except your imagination! Crank up the telephone tree!
Online, email and phones are the way to go!
Face masks

Use when physical distancing is not possible

 Wear on all domestic flights

 Mandatory in Auckland on public or paid transport such as buses, trains and ferries

 Recommended in Auckland when sharing transport for Church events or Church business

    Recommended in Auckland for church services and events
Masks required in public places where physical distancing is not possible,
Mandatory on public or paid transport such as buses, trains, ferries, planes, taxes and Ubers
Expected in a vehicle transporting people from multiple bubbles for a church event of church business
                        
                       
Stay home, save lives. Masks required when you are out and about. Stay home, save lives. Masks required when you are out and about.
                
Resources for At all Times
Government Covid-19 website https://covid19.govt.nz/
Health and Wellbeing https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/
Hygiene and other Posters https://covid19.govt.nz/updates-and-resources/posters/
Ministry of Health

https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/novel-coronavirus-COVID-19

Tel: 0800 358 5453
NZ Govt COVID Tracer App https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-resources-and-tools/nz-covid-tracer-app
Must have: QR code poster for the Tracer App https://qrform.tracing.covid19.govt.nz/

Important notes

  • Have your driver licence ready
  • Location Name is limited to 35 characters, avoid all punctuation marks including dashes and apostrophes
  • Avoid the business number and use this BIC reference S954010
 Face Masks Click here to read more about 'Why wear face masks at Alert Level 1?'.

NZ Govt guidance on Face Masks
https://covid19.govt.nz/health-and-wellbeing/masks/
                       

Suggested pattern for people to make their own masks
https://seekatesew.com/3d-mask-template/ 


Great advice!
https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/02-09-2020/fit-fabric-layers-nose-wires-what-makes-a-good-mask/

Pre-service Powerpoint presentation 
Why Face Masks - zip file containing editable power point and MP4 video file (1m 40sec) Save the file, and then open the saved folder to access the two files.
Support Information  Click separately for Contact Tracing,   Face Masks and templatesGood hygiene - helping others and more Support Information

 CV partner advice may differ 

                                   



Births, Deaths and Marriages 

            
                                               
Activity  Level 1 - Prepare  Level 2 - Reduce  Level 3 - Restrict  Level 4 - Lockdown

Baptism

No restrictions
Maintain hygiene 
Delay until Level 1 if appropriate  Delay until a lower alert level Delay until a lower alert level
Funeral and tangihanga No restrictions
Maintain Hygiene
Consult with funeral director.
Numbers restrictions apply
Alert Level 2.5: 50 people
Alert Level  2.0: 100 people
Consult with funeral director.
Numbers restrictions apply
Consult with funeral director.
No gatherings permitted
Weddings No restrictions
Maintain hygiene
Delay until Level 1 if appropriate.
Do not use Church buildings
No gatherings No gatherings
Food service at church No restrictions
Maintain hygiene
Do not serve food.            
Allow people to bring their own.
No sharing!
Or use controlled cafe etc
No gatherings - no food service No gatherings - no food service
Online As is appropriate and agreed for the event As is appropriate and agreed for the event As is appropriate and agreed for the event As is appropriate and agreed for the event
Singing

Face masks use recommended in Auckland
Otherwise raise the roof!

 

Everyone wears a facemask
Physically distance

Maintain gathering numbers

Keep contact tracing
Practice good hygiene

Sing only in your bubble Sing only in your bubble
                                                                               
Resources for Births, Deaths and Marriages                                                                                                                                                
Orders of Service
Liturgical Letters
 http://www.methodist.org.nz/faith_and_order
Face Masks Click here to read more about 'Why wear face masks at Alert Level 1?'.
 
Click Here
19 November 2020. With the Govt requirements for Face Masks in Auckland at Alert Level 1 the Methodist Church also recommends wearing face masks for church services and events. Please consider how you will manage Church services and events to support wearing face masks throughout.
 CV partner advice may differ           

                   



Liturgical Services

                                                                                   
Activity  Level 1 - Prepare  Level 2 - Reduce  Level 3 - Restrict  Level 4 - Lockdown

Holy Communion

Proceed with great hygiene practices
No shared communion until Alert Level 1. No shared communion until Alert Level 1 No shared communion until Alert Level 1
Sharing the peace or the grace
No restrictions but some people may prefer alternatives Physical distancing
Use alternatives to hugging
No gatherings
Practice visual alternatives online!
No gatherings
Practice visual alternatives online!
(Zoom groups)
Online Remember the people who are unable to attend in person Remember people with limited or no internet access Suggestions for how you can lead these activities? Suggestions for how you can lead these activities?
                                                                        
Resources for Liturgical Services
Faith and Order http://www.methodist.org.nz/faith_and_order
Holy Communion
 Alternatives to Touching  
- Place your palms together and take a short bow to your neighbour.  
- Place your hand on your heart.
- Place your hand on your heart and take a short box.
- Project your sincerity... and smile!
The world may be undergoing strife, but in this moment there is the peace we create ourselves.


 
Support Information Click for  Holy Communion  
CV partner advice may differ

           

Pastoral Services

                                                           
Activity   Level 1 - Prepare   Level 2 - Reduce   Level 3 - Restrict   Level 4 - Lockdown

Meetings - face to face

No restrictions but still ring first.
Be considerate of people not wanting to touch
Always ring first to confirm a visit is welcome.
Maintain physical distance
No gatherings.
Stay in your own bubble
No gatherings.
Stay in your own bubble
Visiting - Home, Hospital, Rest Home No restrictions but still ring first.
Be considerate of people not wanting to touch.
Hospital / rest home rules come first
Always ring first to confirm a visit is welcome.
Maintain physical distance. Hospital / rest home rules come first
No gatherings.
Stay in your own bubble
No gatherings.
Stay in your own bubble
 Online / telephone No restrictions but people will want to see your beautiful face in person! No restrictions but start thinking about small group meetings too! No restrictions.
Go for it!
No restrictions.
                                                                                       
Resources for Pastoral Services                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Faith and Order Click here
Support Information  Reminders available for  Supervision,   Pastoral Visits,
Mental Wellness Support and, Contact Tracing and templates
                
        

Groups
                   
                                   
Activity
Level 1 - Prepare

Level 2 - Reduce

Level 3 - Restrict

Level 4 - Lockdown

Choir


Face masks use recommended in Auckland
Otherwise sing and dance then do it again!


Number restrictions
Everyone must wear a facemask

No gatherings No gatherings
Committee meetings in person No restrictions Number restrictions No gatherings No gatherings
Conferences No restrictions however plans will need to include for future regional Alert Level changes Number and food service restrictions apply No gatherings No gatherings
Groups at church No restrictions
Main good hygiene standards
Number restrictions apply
Defer groups until Alert Level 1
No gatherings No gatherings
Home groups No restrictions Number restrictions apply
Encourage people to bring their own food – no sharing!
No gatherings No gatherings
Other building users No restrictions
Main good hygiene standards
Keep groups separate
2m physical distancing
Maintain good hygiene standards
No gatherings
Essential services only
No gatherings
Essential services only
 Food service No restrictions
Main good hygiene standards

 
Do not serve food
Allow people to bring their own
No sharing!
No gatherings - no food No gatherings - no food
 Online/email/telephone Always available! Do it, do it, do it. Great way to meet You can sing online too!
                                     
                                               
Resources for Groups                       
Support Information. Note: registration processes are required at Alert Level 2 Click for Sharing buildings with others, Food and Drink, Cleaning and
Contact Tracing (with templates)
CV partner advice may differ           

                                               

Outreach
                                                  
Activity   Level 1 - Prepare   Level 2 - Reduce  Level 3 - Restrict   Level 4 - Lockdown

Food banks

No restrictions.
Maintain good hygiene standards

Physical distancing applies.
Maintain good hygiene standards

Physical distancing applies.
Essential workers only.
Keep at-risk volunteers safe.
Maintain good hygiene standards.
Physical distancing applies.
Essential workers only.
Maintain good hygiene standards.
Hand deliveries (food) No restrictions.
Maintain good hygiene standards
Physical distancing applies.
Maintain good hygiene standards
Physical distancing applies.
Essential workers only.
Keep at-risk volunteers safe.
Maintain good hygiene standards.
Physical distancing applies.
Essential workers only.
Keep at-risk volunteers safe.
Maintain good hygiene standards.
Hand deliveries (non food) No restrictions.
Maintain good hygiene standards
Physical distancing applies.
Maintain good hygiene standards
Physical distancing applies.
Essential workers only.
Keep at-risk volunteers safe.
Maintain good hygiene standards.
Essential workers only.
Physical distancing applies.
Maintain good hygiene standards.
Op shops - open for business No restrictions.
Maintain good hygiene standards
Essential services only.
Keep our volunteers safe
Essential services only.
Keep our volunteers safe.
Essential services only.
Keep our volunteers safe
Volunteers (essential services) No restrictions.
Maintain good hygiene standards
Physical distancing applies.
Maintain good hygiene standards
Keep our volunteers safe
Physical distancing applies.
Essential workers only.
Keep at-risk volunteers safe.
Maintain good hygiene standards.
Physical distancing applies.
Keep at-risk volunteers safe.
Maintain good hygiene standards.
                                    
           
Resources for Outreach
Support Information Click for Sharing the Load, OpShopsVolunteers and Contact Tracing

                                              
                       
Buildings

           
Activity   Level 1 - Prepare  Level 2 - Reduce   Level 3 - Restrict   Level 4 - Lockdown

Admin and ministry teams on site

No restrictions
Maintain good hygiene standards

Physical distancing
Work from home if possible
Maintain great hygiene

No gatherings
Work from home
No gatherings
Work from home
Building access - clean, maintain, inspect No restrictions
Maintain good hygiene standards
Physical distancing
Is the work really needed yet?
Maintain great hygiene
No gatherings
Work from home
No gatherings
Stay home
Building projects No restrictions
Maintain good hygiene standards
Physical distancing
Is the work really needed yet?
Maintain great hygiene
No gatherings
Work from home
No gatherings
Stay home
Church buildings available No restrictions
Maintain good hygiene standards
Keep our QR Code Poster
Physical distancing
Is the work really needed yet?
Maintain great hygiene
Create QR Poster
Not available
Except to essential services
Not available
Except to essential services
Emergency maintenance No restrictions
Maintain good hygiene standards
Physical distancing
Maintain great hygiene
Physical distancing
Maintain great hygiene
Physical distancing
Maintain great hygiene
Venue hygiene No restrictions!
Maintain good hygiene standards
Cleaning needed if building used
Make hand wash/ sanitisation facilities available
No gatherings
Maintain cleaning / wash facilities for essential services only
No gatherings
Maintain cleaning / wash facilities for essential services only
                        
                                   
Resources for Buildings
Bricks and Mortar Click here
Support Information Click for  Admin and Ministry teams on SiteLandlord and tenant responsibilitiesIn Our BuildingsSharing buildings with othersCleaningContact Tracing
                        
           
                       
Connexional
           
Activity   Level 1 - Prepare   Level 2 - Reduce   Level 3 - Restrict   Level 4 - Lockdown

Connexional Travel

Ensure flexible future travel in case of regional lockdowns

Maintain your contact tracing diary

Face masks are mandatory on domestic flights
 
Facemasks recommended 
in Auckland when sharing transport for Church events or Church business

Travel locally only
Physical distancing
Maintain great hygiene

No travel
No gatherings
No travel
No gatherings
Volunteers (non essential) No restrictions, however...
No pressure. Many of our volunteers are in the at-risk bracket
Travel locally only
                        Physical distancing
Maintain great hygiene
Look after at-risk people
Stay home Stay home
Online / email / telephone Always encouraged! No restrictions! Keep at it! Go for gold!
                                    
                                   
Resources for Connexional 
Support Information Click for Contact TracingVolunteers
CV partner advice may differ