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        8 May 2020
Family of God & Followers of Christ

SEEING WHAT GOD SEES

Seeing what God sees - Bishop Philip Richardson: a reflection on prayer
A reflection from Bishop Philip on prayer.

STATE OF THE DIOCESE

Video presentation addressed to Diocese and recorded 29 April
Last Wednesday, Bishop Philip and Simon Cayley (Diocesan Manager) addressed the Diocese on matters relating to Covid-19 and our vision for the future. To learn more about the wage subsidy, health and safety implications, AGM, clergy as essential workers, worship options, pastoral linking, and what we've learned so far please watch the video above. It also includes a presentation on the new website, including how to find information and a summary of the Diocesan Covid-19 communications strategy. 

FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST

FAMILY OF GOD

Each Monday to Friday you are invited to gather with people from across the Diocese for morning devotions. Each day is a little different with 15 people contributing each week, but it normally lasts about 15 minutes. We would love to see you there. Learn more
On Sunday evenings at 7pm you are invited to join Bishop Philip's household where he and Belinda host Night Prayer. This informal Prayer Book service commences with lighting a candle for the world - a moment replicated across every time zone at 7pm. Learn more.

MOVING TO ALERT LEVEL 2

A short presentation from Bishop Philip concerning preparations for Alert Level 2.  
“Play it Safe”

Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Philippians 2:4

Detailed Guidelines will follow on Monday 11 May 2020
 
Under Alert Level 2 we work to reduce the risk to ourselves and others, whilst beginning to explore our new normal. Where possible, we continue to limit contact, stay home, and stay connected virtually. For Government guidelines for Alert Level 2 see covid.govt.nz
 
  • Local Communities will be responsible for making their own assessment of their capacity to meet Level 2 requirements. These requirements must be strictly adhered to. These include; strict social distancing, contact tracing and all health and safety requirements for a workplace such as sanitising all surfaces, hand sanitiser and, no hand contact etc.
  • Protect the most vulnerable – A significant proportion of our ministers are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. This includes kaumātua (elders) and those with underlying health conditions. The risk of Māori and Pacific Island infections rates are also significantly higher (see COVID-19 Research by Te Punaha Matatini). As Anglican ministers we serve in some of the most deprived communities in Aotearoa-NZ. While we are many parts we must act as one body to keep the most vulnerable in our communities, and indeed all of us, safe.
  • Apply the principle 'Common Good' which teaches us to seek what’s best for everyone, beginning with the last, the least, the lost, and the most forgotten.  Ask: how can we include those who could be excluded from our regathering because they are vulnerable?
  • Start simply - Take small steps: don’t try to begin everything consider simply gathering for prayer, community and support. Consider not making your first service Eucharist with the additional logistics required.
  • Prepare your site carefully for re-entry: including offices and other spaces. Clergy and lay employees may return to offices which have been cleaned to required standards and can be maintained at safe levels for a working environment. The Diocese has provided a template to support Parishes to re-open their premises https://www.wtanglican.nz/page/health-and-safety/     
  • Public Services: including weddings and funerals are permitted within the government guidelines. Communion in one kind will be permitted.
  • Pastoral Visiting: Limited and controlled pastoral visiting permitted. We must continue to offer pastoral care but be cautious when offering in-person ministry. Limit time spent, maintain physical distance, and use best hygiene practices.
  • Wash hands, restrict physical contact, cough and sneeze into your elbow, regularly disinfect surfaces, stay home and seek advice if unwell.

CAN YOU HELP FEED THE HUNGRY?

"A new wave of poverty is being predicted."
In the last 2 months foodbanks have seen a 578% increase in the number of food parcels distributed to households in Hamilton City alone. To date the Salvation Army has served 828 households, 671 of whom are new to requesting assistance from the Sallies. 
The Hamilton Salvation Army is looking for volunteers who are:
  • fit and healthy (i.e. able to lift boxes)
  • under 70 years of age
  • not immuno-compromised or covid-19 vulnerable
  • available for at least 1/2 a day per week
  • available to work through level 1 and level 2
If this sounds like you, please contact Stephen as soon as possible: stephen@wtanglican.nz 
If you live outside Hamilton and are available to volunteer,
please contact your local foodbank.

ARE YOU KEEPING UP-TO-DATE?

The Diocesan website homepage records the most recent content updates. It also links to the latest videos and next events. We encourage you to check-in and stay connected.
Learn more about navigating the website.

BURIAL AND CREMATION REFORM

In 2015, the Law Commission report "Death, Burial and Cremation: A new law for contemporary New Zealand", made recommendations to modernise the law that governs death, burial, cremation and funerals in New Zealand.
The Ministry of Health has prepared a consultation document that identifies and considers options for modernising the legislation relating to death, burial, cremation and funerals in New Zealand. They are seeking wide-spread feedback on the options developed. The consultation document and related survey can be found here: https://consult.health.govt.nz/environmental-and-border-health/death-funerals-burial-and-cremation/   

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 response, the closing date for submissions has now been extended until 31 July 2020

For more information, please contact: The Burials and Cremations team  burialandcremation@health.govt.nz

BISHOP PHILIP'S WEEKLY SERMON

Under normal circumstances, Bishop Philip would be travelling around the Diocese and visiting parishes each week. While this is not possible at present, the Lockdown has created an opportunity. Each week the Bishop will release his thoughts on the readings for the coming Sunday. You are invited to reflect on this yourself, use it as a discussion piece for a homegroup, play it in full on a Sunday morning, springboard off it for your own sermon ... whatever is right for you and your context. Learn more and see below ...
Easter 5 - John 14:1-14 - Asking questions and finding God
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (25-31 May)
Biblical Text for 2020 | Acts 27:18 – 28:10
“They showed us unusual kindness” (cf. Acts 28:2)
 
The materials for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity were prepared by the Christian churches in Malta, on behalf of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches.
The resources have been adapted for Aotearoa New Zealand by the Catholic Bishops Committee for Ecumenism. They include:
  • Liturgy sheet (may have to be adapted for limitations on gatherings)
  • Children’s activities (can be used in a group or at home)
  • Eight Days of Prayer (for individual use or group use)
  • Note from Cardinal John Dew for parish newsletters
  • Homilies of Pope Francis for the Week of Prayer (the Week is celebrated in January in the northern hemisphere)
Learn more.
MailChimp is the free newsletter software we use to distribute Connected. You could start your own local communication with a free account. To learn more about MailChimp and how to use it, our Northern Development Officer (Lance Pilbrow) has made this youtube video to help you out.
Zoom is the video conferencing software that the Diocese uses to communicate. It is free to download the software and open an account. That’s all you need to join in. To find out more please see the daily devotions page for a tutorial, download link, and guide to keeping uninvited guests out.

Youth Worker, St Barnabas, Fendalton

Half Time Position

Do you have a passion for leading and discipling young people? Are you enthusiastic about the Christian faith and want to help young people engage with the message of Jesus Christ and build Christian community? Is God calling you to join the St Barnabas staff team to lead the youth work of our parish?
St Barnabas is a lively Anglican Parish in Christchurch with a strong community focus and a wide range of groups and ministries. These include groups for children, youth, young adults, seniors, men and women as well as groups for those learning English, an after-school club, play group, mainly music and Messy Church. The parish has strong links with both Medbury School and Christchurch Boys’ High.
We are seeking to engage an experienced youth worker to join our team and carry forward our work with young people.
Email mark@stbarnabas.org.nz for a copy of the Job Description and information about the parish.

Family of God | Followers of Christ

Marked by Gratitude
  • For all industries who have returned to work at Level 3 and for all those who may return when we are invited to Level 2. May they be safe and keep others safe. May we be grateful for the work being done on our behalf and on behalf of our economy.  
Growing Disciples
  • Offer thanks to God for what you have learnt about yourself and your community during the lockdown. Write it down and pray about what you are prepared to do differently to grow as a disciple.
Transforming Communities
  • Your community has changed. It has been transformed in ways we do not yet fully understand. How can you and your community embrace this opportunity to better conform to Christ? What is God saying to you about this and inviting you to pursue?
 
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