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

WMCNZ AdministratorCommunion, COVID-19, National Secretary, News

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

WMCNZ AdministratorCOVID-19, National Superintendent Update, News

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

WMCNZ AdministratorCOVID-19, News, Pastoral Care, Self Care

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

WMCNZ AdministratorChildrens Ministry, Community Ministry, COVID-19, Good News Stories, Homelessness, News

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

Playing to our Strengths

WMCNZ AdministratorCOVID-19, National Superintendent Update, News

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

Living into the New Normal

WMCNZ AdministratorCOVID-19, National Superintendent Update, News

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.

Digging Deep: Cultivating Wellbeing

WMCNZ AdministratorCOVID-19, Ministry Resources, News, Pastoral Care, Self Care

This week marks the end of our first week at level 3 and more than 40 days of Aotearoa’s nationwide lockdown. While it’s good to celebrate our progress through the levels, this week also holds a significant emotional toll for many:   (a) those returning to work in new and unusual circumstances;   (b) those staying at home stuck in ‘Groundhog Day’ – for some they may have had different expectations of Level 3   (c) Essential workers are carrying a heavy load (d) Many parents are feeling the stretch of supervising education at home while often having to manage … Read More

Coping with Transition: A Conversation with Richelle Webb

WMCNZ AdministratorCOVID-19, Ministry Resources, News, Pastoral Care, Self Care

The effects of the COVID-19 global pandemic have been far-reaching, forcing people across the globe into sudden and dramatic changes in the way they live. Everything from our work, how we access healthcare, how we shop and consume food, how we learn and experience education, to how we interact with our friends and family has been altered.   How do we cope with change when it is suddenly thrust upon us?   Rev Rob Reynolds, Wesleyan minister and Director of SIM New Zealand spoke with Richelle Webb, partner with cession|community and Wesleyan missionary serving through SIM, about how some of … Read More

Ministers CAN now officiate at Funerals during Level 3

WMCNZ AdministratorCOVID-19, Funerals & Tangihanga, National Secretary, News, Pastoral Care

As Pastors our call is to support people as they navigate the highs and lows of life. It is hard when we can’t be there in person and whilst that is still the case for most pastoral situations in Level 3 the good news is we can again provide support on the death of loved ones. But what we can do is still very limited. We have updated the Funeral Guidelines for Ministers to reflect the latest advice that Ministers may officiate as celebrants at Funerals, Tangihanga, So mate, Ala, and Putu under the direction of the Funeral Director. They … Read More