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50 Langdons Road
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T. (03) 366 6049   I. 0800 266 639

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Covid-19. Level 2 V4

Dear friends

Over the past week I have fielded questions over the new Alert Level 2 rules and gatherings of up to 100.

People have found it difficult to find answers because the website is still broken and only some aspects of the site can be updated. However, we still have a large amount of information that we have to work through!

I feel for us all at this time. It is a huge balancing act to transform the changes and guidelines into actions suitable for our church environments and yet still maintain a healthy state of mind when obstacles present themselves on our journey forward.

With that in mind, and even though we are likely to only have a few more days at Alert Level 2, one document of all the Alert Level 2 guidelines has been distributed via email. This has been put together with relevant input from the governments COVID-19 team, but have been particularly focused on the challenges we might face that the COVID-19 team might not be aware of.

Early next week Draft Level 1 guidelines will be made available.

Kia Kaha. Kia manawanui. Me ora tatau.

Please contact healthandsafety@methodist.org.nz if you require any copies.

Yours in peace, grace, ongoing kindness and the hope of everlasting patience.

Level 2 Plan

Dear Friends

Well the Government announcement yesterday was a little surprising wasn't it? The 10 person rule means that normal worship and activity is not yet possible therefore...our worship will continue as it has been in Alert levels 3 and 4. 

However, we now have further freedoms! These include:
1. Using the church office
2. Running small groups (10 people or less)
3. Allowing small hire groups to return to our properties (10 people or less)
4. Pastorally visiting people.

With small hire groups, the challenge is likely to be the cleaning costs may be more than the income from the room hire!

This wait before we can worship together again is an excellent opportunity to prepare ourselves and our buildings to protect those vulnerable members within our Connexion. The threat of further virus outbreaks will be with us for many months and as the government has stated, now is not the time to undo the good we have already achieved.

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.

CLICK HERE to read the full version of activities allowable to us at this time. Please forgive the amount of reading. It is challenging to balance clarity and brevity against the scope of what we do, to get to the real essence of what is needed.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions, thoughts or concerns.

Yours in peace and grace

David

From David's Desk 1 May 20

Greetings everyone,
What amazing weather we have been having. (with apologies to those who are hanging out for rain). It has been quite a busy week so it was not until the end of the day yesterday that I managed to get on the bike, enjoy the setting sun, and head around the block. Two things were immediately noticeable. The volume of traffic has increased dramatically and there were still lots of people out walking. I hope we can still find time for the gentle exercise we have been able to enjoy over the last weeks. It has had the effect of connecting us back to our neighbourhoods and the many greetings shared at a respectful social distance have enriched our days. It is this connection which helps make cycling enjoyable for me. Yes it keeps me fit, but it also allows me to appreciate the community and environment where I live. I hope our wider communities can keep up the good habits we have fostered in lock-down as it has the potential to make an on-going positive difference.

We sent out further information about planning for Conference this week. I want to say thank you the excellent feedback received so far. The final day for receiving feedback is May 10th.
 

You can check out our new resources and previous listings
by clicking through to our Resources to Sustain page. 

Stay safe, be kind. We can truly be grateful for what we are
achieving together.


Grace and peace
David
 

From David's Desk

Connexional Office staff are all continuing to work from home. The lockdown has brought many questions and requests for help from around the church and new processes, such as applying for the wage subsidy to be mastered.


Sometimes the broadband link back into the office is slow or the document you really need is not available but mostly the work is going smoothly. A big well done to everyone in Parishes, Rohe, Boards, and Missions who are finding new and creative ways to be an active caring church.

Later this week and early next week as the conditions to move out of lockdown become clearer we will reflect on what that could mean for our congregations and our members. We anticipate that older persons and those with health conditions will be asked to continue to self-isolate and that there will be continuing limits on the numbers of people who can gather together. The clear goal is that as we as a whole community work together to eliminate the risk of virus infections. Could this mean that we are more conservative in our response than the Government might require?

We live over the road from a lake. A very long time ago it was the course of the Avon River. In the very late Autumn of 2007 from our bedroom window we could see a pair of black swans building a nest. It was a large dome shaped pile of vegetation rising more than half a metre out of the water. When completed the eggs were laid on top and the swan sat on the eggs. This was a year when winter came quickly. Cold winds and frosty mornings and then unexpectedly snow. From the bedroom window the swan could be seen on top of the nest, so totally unmoving day after day that I became convinced it was dead and if it were not dead then surely the eggs would have become chilled and the long wait on the nest would be in vain. The adult swan did not seem to move, but after a couple of weeks I thought I saw something, a different patch of colour. Binoculars confirmed there was a grey white head sticking out from under its parent. Later it was confirmed that there were xx cygnets.

On the first day of the lockdown I walked down to the local dairy for milk. Out on the lake there was a pair of Black Swans with 7 cygnets. I don't know why the swans on this lake don't build nests and hatch their young in the spring. Maybe it's because they know they come from a long line who even braved snow to nurture new life. Maybe one of the adults I saw on Thursday was hatched in a snowy June.

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?

Matthew 6:26-27 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)