Wardens Parish News 5 June
Level 1 is beckoning – New Zealand is among the top nations of the world as one being ready to move into Level albeit with our borders closed – the team of 5,000,000 are beating Covid-19.
We are waiting for the Prime Minister’s announcement set for next Monday re moving to Level 1. All being well, vestry is planning to reopen the church on Sunday 14 June, but the precise parameters for this will depend on the conditions the Government sets. As we take this step cautiously, initially we will be holding a single eucharist on Sunday at 9am with music. This will be reviewed at a later date when we have been able to gauge whether this is the way forward or if people would prefer to go back to 8am and 10am. There may also be other changes people would want to suggest. Your views are very welcome on this - please email either warden (email addresses below).
We hope to be able to have a shared morning tea following the Sunday service building on the relationships that have flourished during lockdown with our phone trees and other contacts. This will consist of a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. We will be observing strict hygiene practices with this – if you would prefer to bring your own cup/mug please feel free to do so.
We will confirm the arrangements for the opening of church after the announcement on Monday so, as they say, watch this space!
Please uphold Suselle and her family in your prayers this week – Suselle’s mother in South Africa is unwell. Also please pray for Bishop Ellie and her family, Sue Hammond and her family, and those known to you who are sick.
We would also like to say Happy Birthday to Peggy for her 95th birthday which was on Tuesday. Congratulations Peggy – a wonderful achievement. We are looking forward to seeing you when church reopens.
Earlier this week Bishop Justin wrote on the global response to Covid-19 – here are his words to us
Sharing out of our abundance with brothers and sisters overseas
As a nation, we are blessed in the way we have responded to COVID-19. Yet in so many other places around the world, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the daily lives of our brothers and sisters there. So Anglican Movement and Anglican Missions are partnering together to raise as much as we can for four projects closely associated with the Diocese of Wellington.
“In Aotearoa, many Anglicans have not lost their income, and some have even saved money during this period. I encourage you to get together in families, house churches and parishes and think creatively about how you can give into these places with great need. Every one of us can support these initiatives in prayer, and if you can give financially, I encourage you to give generously.”
Bishop Justin Duckworth, Bishop of Wellington.
If you would like further information on this response please go to the following web site https://angmissions.org.nz/global-response
On our first day back in church it will be an opportune time to give thanks so we will be having a special collection for the Anglican Mission Covid Appeal. This will be done via a plate at the back of the church for hygiene reasons. There are 4 appeals set up:
- Al Ahli Arab Hospital for medical supplies
- Diocese of Niassa, Mozambique for food
- Dreketi, Fiji for tools, seeds and grocery items
- Kolkata, India to pay, protect and provide for businesses affected by Covid-19
Please let us know which appeal you would like our collection to go to. This can be done by placing a slip of paper with your vote in the collection plate. If you are unable to come to church but would still like to donate please do so via the church bank account Onslow Anglicans BNZ 02-0536-0257007-000 clearly marking it for Covid Appeal.
Online services continue:
Sunday 10am - Movementonline
Thursday 10am St John’s https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4229797699 This is also the link for the Sunday morning virtual coffee and fellowship at 11:00 a.m.
The Best Dwelling Place
A father knocks at my door seeking a home for his son.
“Rent is cheap” I say
“I don’t want to rent. I want to buy” says God
“I’m not sure I want to sell, but you might come in and look around”
“I think I will” says God
“I might let you have a room or two”
“I like it. I’ll take the two. You may decide to give me more someday. I can wait” says God
“I’d like to give you more, but it’s difficult. I need space for me.”
“I know” says God. “But I’ll wait – I like what I see”.
“Hmm, maybe I can let you have another room. I really don’t need that much.”
“Thanks” says God. “I’ll take it – I like what I see.”
“I’d like to give you the whole house – but I’m not sure.”
“Think on it,” says God. “I wouldn’t put you out. Your house would be mine and my son would live in it. You’d have more space than you’d ever had before.”
“I don’t understand at all.”
“I know,” says God, “but I can’t tell you about that. You’ll have to discover that for yourself. That can only happen if you let him have the whole house.”
“A bit risky,” I say
“Yes,” says God, “but try me.”
“I’m not sure – I’ll let you know.”
“I can wait’, says God, “I like what I see.”
The best dwelling place for God is in our hearts.
Here are some words from Helen Steiner Rice:
Take a cup of kindness, mix it well with love. Add a lot of patience and faith in God above.
This is the way to develop kindness. It is closely related to greatness and adds to the enjoyment of living for you and those around you.
John and Lee
John 021 734 121 - email@example.com
Lee 021 029 91480 - firstname.lastname@example.org