Tena koutou katoa

As we move through Advent and the Christmas season, we are mindful of the need for continued vigilance regarding our current COVID-19 Alert Level.

Yes, we are at Alert Level 1 and yes, the Church is recommending wearing face masks at Auckland church services and events in response to the increased Government requirements regarding face coverings.

Foremost in our minds is the aroha we feel for our elders, our whanau and each other. It is important to keep our people safe at this time of increased travel, mingling and sharing.

We hope that all parishes throughout Aotearoa have continuing conversations about face masks and other ways for keeping people safe. Even with the hope of a vaccine being available, we still have months of care in front of us.

Reasoning for the Church's recommendation is available from 

http://www.methodist.org.nz/caring_for_our_people/covid19/facemasks/face_masks

With all our good wishes for a blessed Advent and Christmas

Tara Tautari
General Secretary