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        20 March 2020
Family of God & Followers of Christ
FROM THE BISHOP

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
 
As we move on our Lenten journey we look forward with confidence, we are a resurrection people!
 
The Pandemic response of our government has been clear and decisive and we can be grateful for the leadership being offered. The Archbishop and bishops of this Church and leaders of a number of other Churches are determined to work with the best advice we can get about how to help our communities weather this pandemic. This is the reason why public services of worship have been suspended following services being held this coming Sunday 22 March.
 
For this coming Sunday the Archdeacons will be in touch with Churches that could have congregations of more than 100 people to assist with planning.
 
Now we need to be thoughtful and creative about how we meet together in small groups if appropriate, how we support each other in our neighbourhoods and how we pay particular care and attention to the most vulnerable. It is important that even in small gatherings the best advice is followed. Please use this link to the latest information.
 
I wanted to speak directly to as many people as possible so have prepared a short video below. Please share this widely.

A video address from Bishop Philip to the Diocese.
JOINT ARCHBISHOPS' STATEMENT ON COVID-19
The Archbishops and Bishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand have together made the decision to suspended all public services of worship until further notice. This suspension will take effect following those services being held this coming Sunday 22 March.
Click here to read the complete text.
KEEP UP-TO-DATE WITH COVID-19 NEWS
Please check the diocesan website homepage regularly for updates.
To see the latest news releases and policy statements please check this link regularly.
To get some ideas about alternate ways of praying and worshipping please see our "Together in Prayer" resource page. 
ST JOHN'S COLLEGE TRUST BOARD SCHOLARSHIPS
The St John's College Trust Board provides scholarships to Ordained Clergy, Candidates for Ordination and Lay Members of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia pursuant to the provisions of section 7 and section 3(1)(c) of the St John's College Trusts Act 1972.
The 31 March 2020 funding round is now open.
To apply for a scholarship see here.
"EXPECT DELAYS AHEAD"
At this time it is difficult for us to anticipate how planned events will be influenced by the spread of Covid-19. Decisions will have to be made as each event arises. Please be patient with us as we navigate the conditions. 
Please remember that the Diocesan Calendar is available here, and is constantly updated.
Bishop Philip's reflection on the Gospel of Luke 17:11-19 (Healing of the Ten Lepers) through the episcopal lens of gratitude. The Bishop offered this reflection at both the lay and ordained training days. We commend it to you for prayerful reflection.  

Diocesan Prayers

Family of God | Followers of Christ

Preserve us, O Lord, while waking,
 and guard us while sleeping,
that awake we may watch with Christ,
 and asleep we may rest in peace.

You Lord are our consolation and comfort;
In you we find peace and encouragement.
Keep us ever-mindful of your presence, and
Enable us to surrender our anxiety and distress.
May we build new networks of community support,
And leave no one forgotten.

God bless all those who are working to halt the spread of Covid-19.
God comfort all those who are suffering.
Amen.
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