Kia ora dear friends
It is interesting times at our New Zealand borders and grim times outside our borders while we settle into a new normal.
On Wednesday the Government shared their Stamp it Out plan to respond to any new COVID-19 cases in the community.
Community spread is more than new arrivals jumping the arrival-isolation fence as people may be properly cleared to leave isolation and yet still turn positive later. Community transmission will mean some of our parishes may enter a regional lockdown while the rest of us sit back and watch.
Our key tools are still contact tracing and great public hygiene to avoid regional lockdowns or even another national lockdown.
We have managed calmly so far and we will manage calmly into the future but we must be flexible with how we plan and provide our services, and how we travel.
To reflect this, the Connexional Office will provide an All Alert Levels in one document resource next week. Please provide any feedback about items that have been missed in other advisories that have been shared previously because this new document will have to be very flexible to cope with many possible alert levels.
Mark Gibson and Trudy Downes had interesting discussions on why doing church differently (flexibly!) needs to be carried into the future and with the ever changing COVID-19 scenario they will likely be proved right. Some of the feedback that has been received will also be shared next week.
Another webinar is being planned for the near future (once Tony Franklin-Ross agrees a time and date) where this discussion will be carried on a little further.
Please remember to look after yourselves. This pandemic and our ever changing normal can be stressful. Remember there are different avenues available if you need to reach out.
I offer this prayer for the good people maintaining our arrival-isolation facilities, for those countries struggling through daily losses and those countries who are still battling to keep COVID-19 from gaining a foothold...
God of Love
We thank you for the care, compassion, skill and determination which has inspired our response to the threat of Covid-19
While we have all played our part we give thanks for and lift up in prayer those who still face the threat of the virus every day.
For staff in isolation hotels,
Those carrying out swab tests in clinics and laboratories,
For drivers and airline crew, immigration and customs officers, contact tracers and those who are working to discover a vaccine.
From our place of safety we reach out in prayer for those all around the world who live with the on-going uncertainty of infection.
God of grace bring strength and wisdom to those who feel overwhelmed and afraid,
Give inspiration to those who seek to bring hope
Fill hearts and lives with kindness and care.
We pray for those, in all nations, whose livelyhoods are threatened.
Help people in every community to be agents of practical care.
In grace and peace