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
Over this past week, Rev Dr Richard Waugh advised the National Council of his decision to retire as National Superintendent, a role he has fulfilled since 2002. The National Council met on Saturday 29 August by ZOOM to receive notice of his retirement and reflected with deep appreciation on the many years of sacrificial, fruitful service given by Richard in this role. An appropriate honouring of Richard’s ministry will form part of the annual Conference in November which includes our 20-year celebration. Richard has prepared a personal statement to share with the wider church: With my recuperation from medical treatment these recent … Read More
Tēnā koutou katoa, Bula vinaka, Mālō e lelei, Noa’ia, Ni Hao, Magandang araw, Greetings, This Sunday will be our first in Alert Level 1! It’s a moment for celebration, a milestone of wellness for Aotearoa-New Zealand, as she has faced the threat of COVID-19. We should celebrate being the Body of Christ gathered in-person – it is a part of who we are to be gathered and for God to be embodied in our midst. As we hear in Ephesians 2:22 we are being built into a dwelling which God lives by His Spirit. It’s a wonderful picture of … 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
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.
Tēnā koutou katoa, Bula vinaka, Mālō e lelei, Noa’ia, Ni Hao, Magandang araw, Greetings to our Wesleyan Methodist whānau, ANZAC Day follows hard on the heels of Easter in 2020 and it’s another chance to reflect on the unprecedented times we find ourselves in. I’ve taken a few moments to reflect on what we might “remember” in this season in the attached video. We stand at the threshold of Level 3 wishing it allowed us more freedom but celebrating that we are moving towards a safer community for our nation. In all the important ways, we are free. Loving … Read More
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