National Superintendent – COVID-19 Update

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The Health Minister, Chris Hipkins, updated the nation today on recent developments concerning the “A-Z Employee” case in the Auckland CBD and the “Defence Worker Cluster”.  While there are currently no Alert Level changes, this is a weekend for us to be vigilant and self-check our current processes.  You can watch the full update here. In particular: (a) Please reaffirm to our people that if anyone is feeling unwell they should stay home from church, seek Healthline or GP advice and take a COVID test where recommended; (b) This weekend is a good time to assess your current contact tracing procedures – a good diagnostic … Read More

UPDATE – Christchurch COVID-19 Case & WMCNZ ConneXion

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Tēnā koutou, You may be aware that a health worker working at a managed isolation facility in Christchurch tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. They are isolating at home along with a household contact who has since tested negative. You and those in your church may be wondering what this means for ConneXion 2020 which commences in Christchurch this Friday. Indications from the Ministry of Health are that there is minimal risk to anyone in the community. ConneXion 2020 will therefore proceed as planned. We will continue to monitor the situation and will update you if necessary. Rest assured that … Read More

Walking with Those Made Redundant

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Redundancy – it’s not a word we like to hear, especially when we are the one being made redundant. Unfortunately it is a word that we will hear more often as the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic play out over coming months.   Many people will turn to their Pastor for support. Some will feel more prepared to offer that support than others. It might help to think of it this way – the provision of pastoral care during employment crises mirrors the general principles for crisis-response pastoral care.   Pastoral Guidelines for Redundancy Support aims to help Pastors … Read More

“Do this in remembrance of me” – Communion at Alert Level 2

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In fulfilling our responsibility to make arrangements for Communion to be celebrated regularly in the local church, Local Church Ministers are accountable for ensuring that all who wish to come to the Lord’s table are able to do so. How do we do that in the current environment amidst the requirements of Alert Level 2?   There is no one correct way, but there are some principles to bear in mind which are captured in this Communion Guidance For Ministers Alert Level 2. In here you will also see examples of approaches being taken by 3 of our churches.   … Read More

NS Update – 22 May 2020

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Tēnā koutou WMCNZ whānau,   You may have seen the media reporting this morning on new police guidelines released today. I write to provide clarity on The Wesleyan Methodist Church of New Zealand’s position. There are no changes to the standards we are working to that have already been communicated via our website and which are outlined on the Government Covid-19 website. The guidelines to police, which I have obtained, appear to permit more than one group of 10 to meet for worship. This is as long as those groups remain 2 metres apart from each other and do not … Read More

The Art of Decompression

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Guest Post: Aaron Ironside from AI Counselling & Coaching After who knows how many days (I stopped counting ages ago), we have made it to Level 2. Coffees are back, catching up with friends and family is back……and work is back.   Oh well, it can’t all be good news!     It may not feel like it, but Lockdown has probably taken a lot of emotional energy from your tank. It’s tempting to think that going back to work will help us finally feel normal again. And it will……..eventually.   Many of us will find the shift to level 2 … Read More

Homeless in Lockdown

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For most of us, lockdown came with a silver lining – homes to be locked down in!  Not so, for a number of people in our communities for whom homelessness is a daily reality. Prior to lockdown cession|community, a Wesleyan Church in the eastern suburbs of Auckland became involved with the work of Humanity NZ. Humanity NZ ministers to the homeless in the Auckland CBD through the provision of food, clothing and support to get off the street. When the call went out for assistance, cultivate|kids, the children’s ministry for cession|community, answered. Families were in lockdown but here was something … Read More