All Saints in Level 2 The parish council met last weekend to discuss how we will approach level 2 as it unfolds. It is important to note that our decisions were based on prayerful discernment as well as the practical considerations and the guidelines of the government and health officials. The practice of discernment also enables us to be open to how God might be leading us into a new future.
The council have decided to not begin regular Sunday or midweek services for the time being. Some of the practical factors that we felt needed to be considered before we could safely reopen our services are,
We have a significant number of people who are vulnerable to Coivid-19
The physical distancing rules would require our seating numbers to be significantly reduced.
Being able to develop cleaning protocols so that we can provide the best possible environment for hall users and also guidelines for hall users so that responsibility for hygiene is shared by all.
We are giving the parish staff the freedom to choose where they work in this period. This will mean that the parish office will not be opening immediately. You can still contact us using the contact details provided at the bottom of this newsletter.
The parish centre will also remain closed in the short term as we work out the best ways to maintain good hygiene and organize contact tracing systems. The lockbox keys were removed during the lockdown and have not yet been put back in place. The government restriction on gatherings of no more than 10 people has in affect directed our immediate decisions. As Future rules are amended, we will review these decisions.
Sunday services The Diocese will continue to provide Sunday services online. The Wellington Cathedral is also providing a service each week. Please see the attached note for further details
Cell groups The parish council is wanting to encourage parishioners where possible, to join a life group. (Life groups might otherwise be known as house groups, house church, cell group) Bishop Eleanor has brilliant description of the how and why of these groups are important https://movementonline.org.nz/house-churches. (see video below)
This model of gathering is not a short-term option to see us through this present season. Rather it is a longer-term strategy to encourage growth and hope within our parish and the wider community. If you would like to join a Life group within the parish, please contact Tim or Kian for further details.
Wider pastoral support As well as encouraging the formation of cell groups within the parish, the council is exploring other ways of encouraging support and community contact within the parish. In Luke chapter 5, there is a story of how some men lowered a friend through the roof so that Jesus could heal him. Perhaps, in this season, there are new and innovative ways that we can reach out to each other that are creative and life giving. We encourage you to be creative within the bounds of lockdown rules.
What this means for All Saints
Plans and preparation We are in the process of planning what this means for our All Saints family, and the impact it has on our ministries, groups and activities. Although we will not be meeting centrally as a church on Sundays, there are other options and opportunities for us to worship and gather in smaller groups. Please be patientwith us, as we iron out the details and ensure that we can get some solid plans in place.
Community support Please contact the parish office if you need community support at this time. You can also request prayer on our website here.
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