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50 Langdons Road
Papanui
Christchurch 8053

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T. (03) 366 6049   I. 0800 266 639

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Weekly Advisory - Thursday 01 April 2021

E te whanau a Te Karaiti, tena koutou katoa.


https://youtu.be/F8uER8vegLQ

Easter greetings to you from the Connexional Office. We give our special greetings to the whole of the Connexion on what is Holy Thursday, commonly known as Maundy Thursday. 'Maundy' comes from the Latin term mandatum, which means 'command.' We recall Jesus's command to us to love one another even as he has loved us.

We've come out of a very busy week with a very exciting Council of Conference meeting which had a lot of energy and a lot of commitment to push through some of the concerns that have been before the Church for a number of months. Next week Tara will be sharing a summary of the work with you.

Next week also brings the opportunity of the Tauiwi Strategy group meeting in the weekend which is another place to raise up the issues that we want to talk about in our Church.

We also still urge people to consider the vaccine rollout that is happening.

Vaccination is an individual choice. However we are a whanau with a great interest in each others' wellbeing particularly those who are more vulnerable to severe disease and their whanau and support team that are around them.

If you have questions about vaccinations then seek answers from trustworthy sources such as Ministry of Health, the Immunisation Advisory Centre or the World Health Organisation. Links to their information are here on our website.

While vaccinations are an individual choice, we should all work together to create the community immunity levels needed to protect our most vulnerable whanau.

We encourage you all to keep on supporting each other even as we have been commanded to love one another.

We wish you a blessed Easter weekend and will see you again next week.

Tara and Trudy

Homilies for Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday

Greetings,

2 April 2021 - Good Friday - Pilate's Political Calculus - John 19 vs 12-22

https://youtu.be/R2aw5NuasDw


4 April 2021 Resurrection Sunday - 'and Peter' - Mark 16 vs 1-8

https://youtu.be/v6nRMi_yyiQ

Mark's simple account of the resurrection completes his gospel. It has the ring of authenticity and vitality to it, even though the risen Christ is never seen. It is also intensely redemptive, as we will see in the reference to Peter.

Every blessing to you in this Holy Week.


Andrew Doubleday

President

Methodist Church of New Zealand

Te Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa

Kia ora e te whanau


Video link
: https://youtu.be/VIHxaoOhfnw

Today is an important day with Council of Conference meeting for the first time this year and we will have nine new members. This creates an opportunity to share again the origins of the Council of Conference, its history and some of the themes and concerns that have shaped its thinking and visioning.

This meeting is being held in Auckland today and tomorrow and we look forward to meeting everyone in a real face-to-face meeting.

Trudy apologises for the incorrect web link provided last week. The correct link is http://www.methodist.org.nz/caring_for_our_people/covid19/current_updates which includes current updates and some information regarding vaccinations.

Vaccinations will remain an important topic as the Government's rollout plan continues. The lastest MIQ worker case of interest occurred between the worker's first and second vaccination shots when the vaccines aren't quite as effective.

There is also a tool available from the Government website which can be used to see where you fit in the rollout plan. This link is available on our website too. Tara has tried this online process and should be in the rollout queue in July!

We welcome all your questions that come into the Connexional Office, we love to get feedback from our members!

We wish you all a very good Friday, have a great weekend and we will talk with you again next week.

 

Tara and Trudy

Tara Tautari

General Secretary

Trudy Downes

Health and Safety Coordinator

 

Weekly Homily for Palm Sunday 28 March

Greetings

 We consider John's account of Jesus triumphal entrance to Jerusalem.

Butterfly Effect - Jn 12 vs 12-16

https://youtu.be/MdT6AXK-k9E

Every blessing to you as we look toward Palm Sunday and toward the Holy Week.

Andrew Doubleday
President
Methodist Church of New Zealand
Te Haahi Weteriana o Aotearoa


Weekly Advisory - 19 March weekly briefing

Greetings everyone

Tara is in Auckland and we have President Andrew with us today!


Video link: https://youtu.be/xsEmXB9SRmo
(No presidents were harmed in the making of this short video).

A short covid update for the week.

·         The Covid wage subsidy applications close on 21 March, please contact Sarah Andrews if you need to and haven't yet.

·         Some information on vaccines has been added to our website
          http://www.methodist.org.nz/caring_for_our_people/covid19/current_updates

It has been a very quiet week, as we are all on Alert Level 1 please continue being vigilant!

Andrew was reminded that years ago, just after the earthquakes, he worked quite closely with Jill Hawkey and he learnt a huge amount, discovering that being nice to people pays dividends. A revelation – to be kind and to be generous paid dividends all round!

So...

      Be Kind – you have the power to make other people feel good.

God bless you this week.

Andrew and Trudy 

 

Andrew Doubleday
MCNZ President

Trudy Downes
Health and Safety Coordinator