COVID-19 UPDATE

22 September 2021

UPDATE: Ministry under (new) Alert Level restrictions

There have been some changes to the Alert Level restrictions.  Whilst worship services in Auckland are still unable to go ahead, those under Alert Level 2 have been given some increased flexibility:

  • Maximum of 100 people in any one defined space;
  • No requirement for social distancing – but parishioners are to remain thoughtful of those who wish to be physically distanced;
  • Lord’s Supper can be taken – being sure to avoid the use of any communal equipment (e.g. Chalice);
  • Morning tea/supper is able to be served – whilst observing the other Public Health Orders.

This Sunday, Latimer Church will be hosting us. They are meeting together with limited numbers – but you can access the service via this link.

If your own parish does not have an online service this week, you are welcome to join us.

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18 September 2021

UPDATE: Ministry under Alert Level restrictions

The Alert Level changes from last week remain in place unchanged. We continue to think of those brothers and sisters within the Auckland Boundary who are unable to meet together in person. A number of our churches took advantage of the greater flexibility in Alert Level 2 and met together for worship.

This Sunday, St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Christchurch will be hosting us. They are meeting together with limited numbers – but you can access the service via this link. Unusually, it is a topical sermon: “Does doubt rule you out?”

If your own parish does not have an online service this week, you are welcome to join us.

Please be in touch with your local church if you have questions and concerns, and you can find more information on the government’s official website: covid19.govt.nz

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9 September 2021

UPDATE: Ministry under Alert Level restrictions

With the change in Alert Level outside of the Auckland Boundary, churches have greater flexibility to hold Worship Services. As such, this week those churches in Alert Level Two-delta are free to hold in-person services as they wish. All services must be compliant with the Public Health Orders.

This Sunday West Hamilton Community Church will be hosting us. The Rev. Michael Hewat and his team will be leading us through the worship service – preaching from Acts 13:1-12. If your own parish does not have an online service this week, you are welcome to join us.

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2 September 2021

UPDATE: Ministry under Alert Level restrictions

We continue to promote compliance with the Public Health Orders and regionalised Alert Levels – which means that all in-person services remain cancelled until further notice.

This Sunday Hope Church Dunedin will be hosting us. The Rev. Stu Crosson and his team will be leading us through the worship service. If your own parish does not have an online service this week, you are welcome to join us.

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25 August 2021

Ministry under Alert Level restrictions

Plans for worship services have been left with each of the churches of the diocese and must remain compliant to the relevant regional Alert Level. The nationwide Alert Levels mean that all in-person services are cancelled until further notice.

This Sunday Trinity South Christchurch will be hosting us. You can access the service via this link. Starting a new series on 1 Thessalonians, the Rev. Dave Clancey will be preaching from 1 Thess 1:1-5 (for those who wish to come extra prepared, you can read Acts 17 too). If your own parish does not have an online service this week, you are welcome to join us.

Continue to pray for our leaders as they seek to make the best decisions for our nation.

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20 August 2021

Ministry under Alert Level restrictions

Bishop Jay has written to the diocese encouraging us to fix our eyes on Jesus, being certain that He is in control of all things; reminding us to pray and take our concerns to the throne of God.

Plans for worship services have been left with each of the churches of the diocese and must remain compliant to the relevant regional Alert Level. Because the nationwide Alert Level 4 lockdown until at least 11:59pm Tuesday 24 August, all in-person services are cancelled this weekend. As with last year, each week there will be a nominated church from the diocese to host an online service.

This Sunday St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Christchurch will be hosting us. You can access the service via this link. If your own parish does not have an online service this week, you are welcome to join us.

Please be in touch with your local church if you have questions and concerns, and you can find more information on the government’s official website: covid19.govt.nz/

You can read Bishop Jay’s full letter here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to questions we have received often. In addition, there are links to helpful websites to assist you as you continue to lead, meet, and fellowship in your various parishes and churches across the diocese. If your question is not covered below please email faq@confessinganglicans.nz

What can I do?

By far the most important and powerful thing you can do is pray and ask God to relieve suffering, give wisdom to our leaders, and to keep us safe. Our God is a powerful and loving God, and he answers prayer. Pray for your family, your neighbours, and your work colleagues.

In addition to prayer, please show love for one another and our community by following the public health guidelines published by the Ministry of Health on its COVID19.govt.nz website. It is up to date and committed to the well-being of our community. Check the advice frequently because as the situation develops and we grow in our understanding of the way the coronavirus is spread and affects people, the advice is modified.

Finally, don’t panic! Our Heavenly Father cares for us, and his world. Whatever he is working through this is for our good, and our trust in Christ, who loves and cares for us, means we look at the events of this world very differently to the rest of humankind. Matthew 6:25–34.

Are we able to meet together?

The government has a well-defined system of alert levels. This comes with strict protocols for all New Zealanders, including staying at home and stopping all in-person interactions with others outside of your household ‘bubble’. Titus 3 calls us to be good citizens, by following this government direction we are obeying God’s word. If the alert level allows it, then churches are free to meet together in person.

How will we stay connected?

Each Parish and Branch Church has determined the best way to stay in touch. Some are live streaming Sunday services via various online platforms (e.g. Facebook, or Youtube). Others are connecting via AV meeting services like Skype or Zoom. Some others have chosen the tried and true ‘phone-tree’. All congregations are making every effort to help people stay connected. If you have not been contacted please don’t sit alone, reach out to your vicar or small group leader directly.

How do we care for each other while we aren’t meeting?

It is important to make sure we are checking on our church family members in a meaningful way. Offering to grocery shop, or pop down to the pharmacy are examples of practical ways we can help each other. If you are someone who needs this kind of assistance please make sure you reach out to your homegroup leader or pastoral care coordinator.