27 August 2020

Hi everyone!

Although it’s good to know we’ll be heading towards Level 2 at midnight on Sunday, the extra conditions that accompany it will have an impact on our church operations. I think we all want to be back meeting together again but, in the meantime, we need to do what we can to keep ourselves and others safe in the fight against Covid-19.

SUNDAY SERVICES

At this stage, there will be no service for the next two Sundays:

Sunday 30th August – no service.

Sunday 6th September – no service.

Sunday 13th September – decision dependent on any restrictions in place at that time.

CHURCH OPERATIONS

The church office will be open again from Tuesday 1st September. Please only visit the office if absolutely necessary, and ring ahead so staff can make sure health and safety protocols are in place. We cannot emphasise enough the importance of ringing before visiting as this is not the time to be popping in for a chat and a coffee or cup of tea. Those days will return, but not yet!

If you do have to visit, please follow the protocols of:

  • Ringing ahead
  • Signing the contract tracing form (located just inside the foyer), OR scanning the QR code (located at front and rear door of the church, and the hall door) with your phone if you have downloaded the app
  • Using hand sanitiser
  • Wearing a mask
  • Social distancing
  • Not staying too long

Until further notice, no meetings will be held on the church premises.

A decision regarding the Teams night scheduled for Tuesday 8th September will be dependent on any restrictions in place at that time – the fellowship will be notified accordingly, prior to that date.

MINISTRY SETTLEMENT BOARD

The MSB met on Tuesday evening via Zoom to discuss the draft of the church profile. There are a few editing tasks to be completed before the profile is finalised. We have set a completion date for the start of September, and at that time Keleva will inform Presbytery and PCANZ that the profile will be available through the PCANZ website.

Once the profile becomes available, Keleva, as interim moderator on behalf the MSB, will manage the expressions of interest in our vacant senior minister position.

PASTORAL

We haven’t received any further news about Jocelyn Land. Please continue to pray for her.

Jim Gurau remains in hospital. He has experienced some complications this week, although he is able to respond to greetings from hospital staff. Gloria is still at home, enjoying the love and support of family and friends.

Keleva is bringing the message to us this week – again, many thanks to Andrew W for taking these messages, and formatting them for us to enjoy each Sunday.

As we are unable to deliver the hard copies of this email during the current lockdown restrictions, please contact anyone you know who doesn’t get the updates by email and pass on this information.

“Be glad for all God is planning for you. Be patient in trouble, and prayerful always.” Romans 12:12 TLB

Cheers and blessings.

Andrew Bennett on behalf of Session.