Kia ora e te whanau

As this week winds down, let us send encouragement to our whanau on the eastern coasts as many people are evacuating with the tsunami warnings. Look after yourselves and each other and please keep an eye on the Civil Defence warnings to stay safe. We hold you in our prayers as we wait for the seas to settle once more.


Video Link   https://youtu.be/rCRfPkzKjkk

Also this week the MCNZ Covid-19 website has been updated. All new updates are highlighted in yellow.

Key updates: Wage Subsidy Scheme March 2021, and a note from Faith and Order regarding Holy Communion.

You are encouraged to keep checking in with our website to ensure you have the best information that is available to you.

We have been thinking about Easter camps this week and would remind you to...

  • Think flexibly – have a contingency plan for your Easter Camp in case an Alert Level change occurs suddenly
  • Think safety – how will you keep people Covid safe if your East Camp is able to go ahead?
  • Think about Police Vetting – are all your people up to date on their Police Vetting?

Mission Resourcing manage the Police Vetting process for us all.

We have had queries about Alert Level 2 and having morning tea after the church service, and having Holy Communion.

To keep people safe at Alert Level 2 we are saying let us not share food and drink at this time, which also means not holding Holy Communion at Alert Level 2.

However, we can wait to see the results of what the Government says, today or tomorrow. We can wait a week if they decide to maintain the current Alert Levels and maybe have Holy Communion next week. Sorry Auckland, you are unlikely to reduce down to Alert Level 1, but we will see!

The Faith and Order Convenor, David Poultney, is going to be continuing these discussions around some of the protocols of us being able to take communion face to face at church or doing it at home. What are the online possibilities? These discussions are still to be held. Suffice to say we are all in this together.

We want to make sure that we stay safe and that we are caring for each other. As we come up to the decision of Government, which is coming up within the next day or so, we want to make sure that we are doing everything that WE can to ensure our whole Church is safe.

Thank you! Have a great weekend.

Tara and Trudy

Tara Tautari

General Secretary

Trudy Downes

Health and Safety Coordinator


 

MCNZ Covid-19 site   http://www.methodist.org.nz/caring_for_our_people/covid19

Wage Subsidy March 2021    http://www.methodist.org.nz/caring_for_our_people/covid19/supportinformation#wagesubsidy

Holy Communion   http://www.methodist.org.nz/caring_for_our_people/covid19/supportinformation#holy%20communion

Mission Resourcing Police Vetting process and forms    http://www.missionresourcing.org.nz/police-vetting.html