Church buildings are open for some services, events, and private prayer.
This includes the Parish office.
Parish staff & Clergy are still available via email and phone.
All places of worship must have ways for attendees to record their visit.
This can be done by asking everyone to scan in using the NZ COVID Tracer app, or by recording their contact details manually.
Think about how you can reconfigure seating, prayer and other activities to allow for physical distancing.
Everyone attending a service at a place of worship needs to keep 2 metres apart.
Offer online services so people who cannot attend in person can participate.
Encourage attendees to leave promptly after the service to avoid people gathering or congregating.
Some religious rituals or practices need close contact — for example, a christening.
Try to keep the time spent in close contact to a minimum.
Remove communal resources such as prayer mats or prayer books.
Encourage attendees to wear a face covering.
You can have refreshments after the service, but people should not share drinks, cups, plates or cutlery.
Clean and sanitise musical instruments and other shared surfaces thoroughly before and after use.
Encourage contactless donations instead of a cash collection box.
If gathering, communion remains in one kind.
Exercise caution around singing.
Smaller group gatherings give a unique opportunity to grow our communities and strengthen relationships. If it is relationally too difficult to hold services whilst adhering to number limits and other requirements, start small. Consider smaller group gatherings, either in person or via Zoom.
The diocesan livestream will continue this week whilst we are in Level 2, to assist us all to worship - whatever situation we are in locally.
Please direct any practical questions to the Diocesan Manager, Ben Pringle, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you feel unwell, remain at home, use Healthline’s dedicated 0800 number for COVID-19 health advice and information (0800 358 5453). If you have any cold or flu type symptoms, contact your General Practice as you may be required to undergo testing for the COVID-19 virus.
Avoid close contact with people with cold or flu-like illnesses.
Cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing.
Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap and dry them thoroughly:
before eating or handling food
after using the toilet
after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or wiping children’s noses
Click on the links below to view location, service times and History of each individaul Church.