Warden's Parish News 14 August
As we write this most of the country is in alert level 2 and we await further announcements from the government. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Auckland as they manage their lives under alert level 3.
At the moment, under alert level 2, we may continue to worship at church, should this change we will advise you all via email, our Facebook page and our website. Our services this week are at 8am and 10am and we welcome Rev Esma Collins-Marks – thank you Esma for taking our services.
There are, however, some changes. When you arrive at church you will see blue crosses on the pews – these designate the recommended safe social distancing of 1 metre. Please observe these restrictions. Please make use of the sanitizer provided and, most importantly, don’t forget to either sign in or use your NZCovid app to register.
Unfortunately, until we have further direction from the government regarding social gatherings and the need to social distance, we have decided that it will not be practical to have morning tea after the 10am service. We hope that we will be able to resume our coffee, catch up and chat soon.
One service at 9am
As we mentioned last week vestry is looking at the logistics of the way the parish works and whether we need to go to just one service. Your thoughts and comments are welcomed on this – nothing is decided yet so let us know so we can make an informed decision.
Breast cancer, and other cancers, have touched a lot of our parish families.
As you know Suselle has very kindly offered to co-ordinate this event and has had an offer of help but it would be great if a couple of other people volunteered as well. And, guys, it doesn’t have to be the ladies who do this! Please let us know as soon as possible if you are willing to do this.
It is with sadness that we let you know that Surrey Kent died earlier this week. His funeral is a private one so please keep the family in your prayers.
Wellington Hospital Chaplaincy
This week we received the following letter from the Hospital Chaplaincy Department.
If you feel this is something you could would like to do, please contact them directly.
Wellington Regional Hospital
Dear Church Leader,
Re. Chaplaincy Assistants.
The working of the Chaplaincy Department within Wellington Regional Hospital is enhanced by an effective team of Chaplaincy Assistants. Our Chaplaincy Assistants give around 2 hours a week to visit all patients in a ward. This work is greatly appreciated by patients and families.
We are currently looking to add to our team and are planning a training programme in September this year.
The people we are looking for will have good pastoral skills and be willing to work within the terms of our contract with the Ministry of Health. These include respecting the religious/spiritual beliefs of patients and their families by not imposing one’s own beliefs on a patient nor by using chaplaincy as an opportunity to convert patients to any particular tradition. Rather it is about being with patients, helping them to make meaning of their hospital/health experience by drawing on their own spirituality. This can include referrals to religious leaders for appropriate pastoral, sacramental/ritual ministries.
All Chaplaincy Assistants work under the supervision of the chaplains and with a contract with ICHC and CCDHB.
We will give a ten-week training course.
The course will run each Tuesday afternoon from 1.00pm to 3.00pm beginning Tuesday September 1st and finishing Tuesday November 3rd.
Could you please draw attention to this opportunity to those in your congregations who could make a valuable contribution to our team
Expressions of interest by Tuesday, August 25th.
Please apply to: Mary.email@example.com
Private Bag 7902
Don’t forget the upcoming working bee
The next working bee to both garden and do some further general tidying up will be on 29 August from 9am-12 noon. Morning tea will be provided so come along, enjoy some fellowship (there’s always a great buzz of conversation as people catch with each other) and help make our church and the grounds look lovely ready for spring. Please let Pam or a warden know if you are able to help here.
If praying is that difficult
They think maybe they had better not try
Praying is really easy –
Like talking to your brother, sister, mother, father, or neighbour
Do you have something you would like to say to God?
Would you like to thank him for something special?
Would you like to ask God to do something or help you?
Or do you just enjoy telling God how you feel?
How would you talk to a friend or family?
That is the same way you can talk to God.
Prayer is talking – it is talking to someone who cares.
Tell God what is on your mind.
And tell Him in simple words like you use every day.
God would enjoy hearing from you.
Take care, keep safe and be kind. Team of 5,000,000 we can do it again.
Flora and Lee
Flora 021 246 9846 – firstname.lastname@example.org
Lee 021 029 91480 - email@example.com