Auckland is now at Alert Level 3.
Advisory: All physical services in the Diocese of Christchurch this Sunday 26 September are able to go ahead, providing a plan is in place and has been approved by the Diocesan Manager, Edwin Boyce. The plan will attend to contract tracing, less than 100 people, social distancing, mask wearing, communion and other factors. If parishioners still wish to wait to attend until we are in Level 1, that is ok too. Many services will still be available online.
A list of ONLINE services throughout the Diocese can be found here: Virtual Services in the Diocese.
DIOCESAN GUIDELINES for Delta Alert Level 2—limit 100—revised 21 September 2021
Bishop Peter has issued guidelines for ministry at Delta Alert Level 2.
UPDATE re mask-wearing and COVID tracing information 19.08.21
It is now compulsory for everyone to use a sign-in system and wear a mask in public places. The Delta strain is airborne and as infectious as chickenpox. It’s important your movements can be traced quickly.
NOTE: All places of business, including churches, must have a QR code displayed, but now churches can be fined for not keeping records of attendance.
For full Government information on these new rules go to…
Vaccines and Vaccination
The Christchurch Anglican Diocese supports all people getting vaccinated (apart from those who can’t for a medical reason).
Here is some good information about the vaccine from three different sources
; the InterChurch Bio Ethics Council, a Christian and science perspective (pamphlet and video), and a NZ Geographic scientific article about pandemics and vaccines drawing on the Polio outbreak in recent history (there are some great info-graphics in this article as well):
- NZ InterChurch Bioethics Council & Anglican, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches of Aotearoa New Zealand
- A Christian and science perspective NZBMS Vaccination information and Video from NZBMS (Baptist Missionary Society)
- NZ Geographic article—A scientific article about pandemics and vaccines drawing on the Polio outbreak in recent history (there are some great info-graphics in this article as well).
COVID Level 4—Government Announcement
Further information on Level 4 can be found here.
The Lockdown Levels will change based on the number of COVID cases and their circumstances.
Let’s stay safe, and be considerate of the health of others, as well as of ourselves.
Please note, that changes in levels does affect worship services, funerals and other gathering within our Diocese.
Below are the reminders for each level to refresh your memory.
At Any Level
- user the tracer app or sign in sheet at any venue or place you visit
- maintain great hygiene—wash your hands and user sanitizer frequently
- if coughing, sneezing or spluttering in any way, cover your mouth (Chicken-wing it!)
- if you’re are sick, elderly, or vulnerable, please stay at home
- wear a mask if you are worried
- wear a mask for all journeys on public transport, at supermarkets, getting petrol or any public place
- be kind and patient, encourage each other to follow the rules in a supportive way.
- gatherings as normal but maintain hygiene, and tracing
- masks mandatory on public transport.
- 100 (+leaders) for all gatherings such as funerals, worship weddings and baptism
- Physical distancing of 2 metres between people (not otherwise in the same bubble) and alternative forms of greeting to be used
- Face masks recommended when meeting, but mandatory on public transport
- No food or drink at Level 2 unless you can follow the strict guidelines mandated by Govt
- No passing of plate, but stationary collections only
- Communion in one kind only, and stand don’t kneel.
A reminder of the broad rules are:
- Work from home if you can, stick to your bubble and keep it exclusive. No social visiting, only close family where required for care/support.
- Travel is restricted and public venues are closed.
- Maintain physical distancing of 2m and wear a face mask when out.
- User the tracer app and/or record all contacts.
- Non-contact trading for café’s, fast food and essential click-and-collect services.
If you’re unwell
- If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
- If you have symptoms of cold or flu call your doctor or Healthline and get advice about being tested.
- If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
Principles, commitments and key advice
- Love for one another guides our actions: our aim is to maintain good health for all members of our congregations, for all visitors to our services and for all users of our premises.
- With love as our guide we seek to be vigilant and careful, but we do not need to be fearful.
- When we gather we do so safely through following guidance about physical distancing between each other, about cleanliness of our hands through washing, and hygienic treatment of surfaces
- We do not join a gathering when we are unwell or if our health is “high risk.”
- We hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
- We commit to regular, consistent recording of contact information for all who come to our buildings: contact tracing is critical to eradication of the virus from our islands.
- Government guidelines and directions, as regularly updated, are found here: www.covid19.govt.nz. Nothing herein is intended to contradict the guidelines and directions of the NZ Government.
What can we do?
Instead of saying what you can’t do, here are some suggestions of what you can do:
- Check on anyone vulnerable in your families, parishes and community
- Be kind to each other, and to those we meet in our daily lives—we all process things differently—and we all have a lot going on.
- Be thankful…
- To date (3/3/21) we don’t have confirmed cases in Christchurch, and so far our Government has kept us safe by taking an early cautionary approach.
- We are privileged to still be able to meet with one another as many are not.
- And let’s pray for our world, our nation and our government (as Paul advises in 1 Timothy 2).
Kia Kaha. Our team of five million can get through this together.
Guidelines for Churches in more detail
Attached here are updated summary Quick Chart and Guidelines from Bishop Peter to our Christchurch Diocese [updated as at 2 March 2021]:
Information for religious communities from the Government can be read here: Religious Communities