Today a Special e-Life was sent out to our database. If you don’t get the electronic newsletter, please read below the new COVID-19 Worship and church activity instructions below.
Greetings in the Lord
NEW ADVISORY RE SERVICES OF PUBLIC WORSHIP AND OTHER CHURCH ACTIVITIES 20 Mar 2020
Following the announcement by the government of restrictions in size of gatherings, the bishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia have agreed to issue the same instruction to all clergy and parishes: until further notice, all services of public worship in our churches are suspended from Monday 23 March 2020.
(Some parishes here and in other dioceses, and at least one whole diocese are suspending services one Sunday earlier.But all episcopal units of ACANZP, including the Diocese of Christchurch, will be suspending services from this Monday.Please see a Press Release at the bottom of this e-Life message for the full statement released at midday today by our archbishops and bishops.Note that all government requirements and recent instructions from me to clergy concerning communion etc. must be met by any parishes holding services in the Diocese of Christchurch this Sunday 22 March.)
Additionally from me at this time:
Finally, my friends, this is one of the most difficult e-Lifes I have ever sent and I hope it is the worst during my remaining time as bishop.
We believe in a God of hope and God never changes.