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
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
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
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
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
Yesterday the Prime Minister announced the timing of the nationwide transition into Alert Level 2, including some staged elements which impact churches. As a result, Wesleyan Methodist church gatherings will be extended to a MAXIMUM of 10 people from this Thursday 14 May. Please note this is a change from the advice received from government last Thursday. I’d appreciate it if you could take a few minutes to join me on VIDEO as we reflect on the opportunity that we have to support the country in playing it safe by playing to our strengths as Wesleyan Methodists. We’ve also updated … Read More
This week there has been a great deal of discussion about the shift to Alert Level 2 and what that might look like for our communities. As we breathe a sigh of relief about the possibility of life returning to normal, Rev Brett Jones (WMCNZ National Superintendent – acting) encourages us to consider what we might leave behind and what lessons from our experiences in lockdown we might carry with us as we build a new normal.