NNZC Conference Calendar (UPDATE 4 June 2020)
North New Zealand Conference
We have had many changes to our events with many being cancelled or postponed. As the COVID-19 gathering sizes increase some of our events have opened up. For the latest digital copy of the 2020 calendar see below to download.
We also have blank editable 2020, 2021 and 2022 year planner calendars that you are welcome to download and use for your church’s event/meeting planning.
The Conference Office and ABC under initial phase of Alert Level 2
2 June 2020
The Conference Office
Hours Open (by appointment): Mon- Thurs 10am-4pm; Friday 10am-12.30pm.
The Conference Office is open by appointment only and anyone attending must follow the Covid-19 Level 2 rules. To make an appointment with a staff member please either phone (09) 262 5620 or email [email protected]
Adventist Book Centre
The ABC is open for limited hours on weekdays. Covid-19 Level 2 rules apply.
Hours Open: Mon- Thurs 10am-4pm; Friday 10am-12.30pm.
www.adventistbookcentre.co.nz | Free Phone: 0800 50 22 22
Avondale Offering | June 6
26 May 2020
Avondale University College needs your help to support students who lose income because of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Giving to the Avondale Offering will ensure these students can still afford tuition, textbooks and on-campus accommodation. We seek to transform students who then transform their communities, so retention is important—we can’t afford to lose students even if they’re struggling to afford to stay. Support our economic hardship grants by giving to the Avondale Offering in your church on Sabbath, June 6, or by donating online at www.avondale.edu.au/giving or www.avondale.edu.au/egiving (donations above $2 are tax deductible in Australia). Ellen White valued transformation, too. She described it as the power to think and do and as a gift from the Creator. Giving to Avondale demonstrates your support for her philosophy. Thank you for journeying with us through this new normal.
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ADRA CTP Funding (Round 2)
28 April 2020
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, lockdown, as well as ADRA’s Love thy neighbour response, the Community Transformation Partnership funding deadline of the 15thMay for Round 2, will now be extended to the 15th June.
There are so many people/families in the community struggling due to the effects of this pandemic. Many of our Community Champions and local Churches have put their hands up to be the hands and feet of Jesus to provide hope and encouragement during this challenging time. Here’s another opportunity for your local Church to make a real difference in your community.
More information about CTP funding, initiatives, as well as the application form can be found at: www.adra.org.nz/ctp.
If you have any further queries, please contact Sally Lavea, email [email protected] or phone (09) 625-0883 or 021 1357 494.
Our Future in His Hands
5 June 2020
This is a free 40-week online course that will enable you to delve into prophecy for yourself.
An in-depth study of the Book of Revelation from the perspective of its structure and the relationship of its various parts to each other, this course will equip you with the tools to understand the text of Revelation. Each topic in this series is designed to lay foundations for the topics that follow. Through the series the meaning of Revelation will be progressively revealed.
To gain the maximum benefit from these studies, each participant will need to set aside some time during the week to reinforce the weekly study by spending time in the Word. Those who are faithful in doing this will finish the course with a deep understanding of the text itself, which will give confidence in explaining the messages of Revelation with others.
Registrations close 18th June 2020
Course begins 27th June 2020
4 June 2020
2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV) – Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
The upcoming Not Ashamed Discipleship Equipping Panel is a tool to equip modern-day disciples how to more meaningfully engage with the Word for themselves and how to become more effective disciple makers. This weekly 45 minute online series uses the Discovery Bible Reading method to help viewers get more into the Word and get more out of the Word. It features different teams of pastors and church members each week from all across NZ looking at 1-2 Bible passages to gain personal insights and application from the Word.
Grab your Bible and join us for the second session, hosted by Sarah-Jane Riley, on the Adventists South New Zealand Facebook page at 10am this Sabbath, 6th June.
4 June 2020
Join and share this week’s “Hope Dealer” update and message from Pr Eddie Tupa’i on the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference (NZPUC) Facebook page.
Sabbath Morning Prayer
Join Pr Eddie Tupa’i for 15 minutes of prayer for the NZPUC every Sabbath morning at NZT 6:45 am on the NZPUC Facebook page.
BREAKOUT – Youth Livestream
4 June 2020
Special NZ + OZ Edition
Our team of youth pastors invite you to come together for the FINAL weekly breakout this Friday night (June 5) from 7:50 pm. Hosted by the NZ Youth Pastors.
Join Livestream on any of the following Facebook pages:
3 June 2020
If you watched this program with the rest of the South Pacific Divison and want to see it again or if you missed out, you can find the links to the Friday night and Sabbath programs below.
FREE – De-stress and Thrive
2 June 2020
De-stress & Thrive is an exciting 6-week fun, educational and experiential course developed to help you improve your emotional intelligence and resilience. Learn simple strategies that empower you to make a real difference in your life!
- Time: 1 pm Wednesdays
- When: 3 June – 8 July 2020
- Location: Zoom Meeting
- Cost: FREE (Normally $25)
To register, follow the instructions below.
- IF YOU ARE NEW TO ELIA WELLNESS: Follow one of these links below: (If you have previously registered with ELIA Wellness go to step #2)
To Register for the FREE Destress and Thrive programme go to the link
Website https://eliawellness.com/users/sign_up (then click ‘create an account’ and follow the instructions)
- IF YOU ARE A RETURNING USER: Log in to the app or the ELIA Wellness website
- Click on Find Events and enter the following ID code: DAT-0452 then press submit
- When you reach the payment page, you will see $0 dollars owing then just “accept” the Terms & Conditions. Click Continue
- You can then start by completing the assessment on “perceived stress”
Hope Church This Sabbath (6 June 2020)
2 June 2020
Boarding Call: Flight Path
with Pr Ben Martin
Have you ever thought you were heading the right way, only to discover you are heading in the wrong direction? Today we explore the key to our faith heading the right way, and staying on the ‘flight path’.
Sabbath 6 June at 11:00 am, Sunday 7 June at 9.00 am, Thursday 11 June at 7:30 pm
Movie this weekend: 7 Days in Utopia
Luke is a talented young golfer set on making the pro tour. When his first big shot turns out to be a very public disaster, Luke escapes the humiliation and finds himself stranded in Utopia, Texas
Saturday night 8:30 pm
Freeview Channel 27 | Sky Channel 204 | Live stream: www.hopechannel.nz/watch
Daily Inspiration on Hope Channel Facebook
Pr Sarah-Jane Riley is sharing “Seeking Balance” on our Hope Channel Facebook page at 8:30 am every morning.
Like us on Facebook @hopechannelnewzealand for the latest updates, news and inspiration!
Going Places – June Edition
4 June 2020
The June edition of Adventist Women’s Newsletter “Going Places” is available to download. It has some excellent up to date content on both the effect and the response on and of our churches and members, during Covid-19. Download a copy from adventist.org.nz/resources
Women’s Ministries Emphasis Day
2 June 2020
13 June 2020
This year we are focusing on love, God’s love. Not only for you and me but also God’s love working in and through our lives. Heather-Dawn Small has produced a resource packet and a pre-recorded sermon you can play for your women for this service.
- Heather-Dawn Small’s sermon: youtu.be/PPScGRvaK94
- The online resource packet: adventist.org.nz/resources/wm-emphasis
The Australian Union Conference (AUC) has also produced a sermon you may want to share with your women. It is comprised of the SPD, AUC and Australian Conference Women’s Ministries Leaders.
- AUC Women’s Ministries Leaders Video: disciple.org.au/resources/emphasisday2020
Lesson Resources: How to Interpret Scripture
1 April 2020
Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide
2nd Quarter 2020 (April, May, June)
How are we to interpret the parables, prophecies, sacred history, admonitions, songs of praise, prophetic visions, and dreams—the whole spectrum of inspired writing found in the Scriptures? All these questions and more will be explored in the 2nd quarter 2020 Sabbath School Bible Study Guide ‘How To Interpret Scripture’. Resources include Video Clips and Discovery Bible Readings Guide.
More information about opening your church
27 May 2020
Additional Requests and Considerations
- All churches are welcome to re-open their church buildings from 12pm this Friday May 29th and resume activity on-site in keeping with Ministry of Health requirements. While this is welcomed and encouraged, some churches may choose to delay re-opening their buildings slightly longer, if this is helpful to their on-site resumption.
- Your minister will need to inform us if you intend opening your church buildings for this Sabbath May 30th. If you do not intend doing so for this Sabbath, your minister will need to inform us of when you intend doing so by emailing Adeline Teina [email protected] .
- Your minister will need to email Adeline Teina [email protected] and assure us that you are following all the COVID-19 related Ministry of Health requirements.
- Information on how to conduct your own church event risk assessment can be found at https://worksafe.govt.nz/managing-health-and-safety/novel-coronavirus-covid/operating-safely-at-alert-level-2-what-you-need-to-think-about/
- Be sure to conduct a deep clean of church premises prior to their re-opening, especially of common touch points, such as door handles and the like.
- The placement of appropriate signage at all entry and exit points regarding COVID-19 expectations will be required. Examples can be found at https://covid19.govt.nz/resources/posters/ .
- The strategic placement of hand wash stations with signage and pump action hand wash or sanitiser along with disposable paper towel and bins is needful.
- Please have systems in place to ensure that there are no more than 100 people on-site at any one time.
- Perhaps consider introducing a ‘one-way’ system where people enter and exit through different doors, if possible.
- When people sing, they spread more droplets. For this reason, consider whether to temporarily suspend congregational singing (recommended) or to simply spread people/households further apart than the standard 1-2m physical distancing requirement. For this reason, microphones should not be shared and should be carefully cleaned after each service or event. Likewise, careful thought ought be given as to whether to use high-powered air conditioning/heat pump units.
- If conducting multiple on-site services or events to cater for churches that would normally have in excess of 100 in attendance, please bear in mind that you will need to clean the premises between each service or event to avoid cross-contamination between groups of 100.
- While not a requirement, it is encouraged that gatherings be for no longer than 2 hours (https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-information-specific-audiences/covid-19-advice-public-and-private-events-and-gatherings).
- Churches are encouraged to make their services and events available online to ensure that no-one is needlessly excluded from faith community gatherings due to group size limits.
- If churches wish to place a QR code at the entrance to their premises for those wishing to electronically trace their own movements, then information on how to do so can be found at https://tracing.co.nz/get. However, this does not remove from churches the responsibility to keep their own physical register of those who have attended their service or event. Please register each attendee’s name, one reliable contact detail for them and the time they entered and exited the service or event. This register may only be kept for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes for 2 months and must then be destroyed.
- Please remove church provided hymn books and pew bibles on a temporary basis, as they may spread the virus. Attendees should bring their own personal bible or read off a screen.
- We are asking that churches refrain from shared potluck meals, foot-washing and communion services for now. A carefully managed meal where people only consume the food they themselves have prepared is allowable. If your church runs a soup kitchen or meals service to the community, please follow the Ministry of Health requirements around the provision of a food service (https://covid19.govt.nz/individuals-and-households/shopping/getting-takeaways-safely/ following the ‘Three S’ approach outlined) and advise us of the transmission prevention measures you are taking in doing so.
- Please communicate with church attendees prior to re-opening and inform them of the safety measures you have put in place.
- The above points are not meant to be exhaustive of the measures a local church may take to combat the potential spread of COVID-19. Each congregation needs to account for their own unique on-site circumstances making these and additional arrangements suitable to their situation. All such arrangements need to be in keeping with NZ Ministry of Health requirements.
For further helpful information on anything referred to the above or other important COVID-19 related matters, please visit https://covid19.govt.nz .
May God continually bless our efforts to share the hope we have in Jesus during this time of COVID-19.
Pr Hugh Heenan – General Secretary, NNZC
Recommended Protocol for ALL Churches within the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference During Level 2
27 May 2020
In the light of the recent loosening of restrictions on numbers for gatherings, the NZPUC administration recommends that until further notice, all churches within the Conferences and Missions comply with the following guidelines:
- Please stay home if you are unwell and consider not attending if you are high risk.
- Practice Physical Distancing: ‒ this means keeping 1m apart from everyone at church and the surrounds. Each church will need to create guidelines for their specific circumstances. This may mean identifying empty pews or seats, or re-spacing seating.
- Tracing Of Those Attending: – it is recommended that each church implement their own contact tracing protocol.
This may be done online through registering your church for a QR code at https://tracing.co.nz/get. If this isn’t an option for church members, then please download a manual tracing page to collect the relevant data.
- Place Hand Sanitizers At Door Entrances: ‒ everyone must use these before entering the church. You may wear a mask if you feel more comfortable to do so.
- No Church Potluck Or Shared Lunches are permitted at Level 2.
- Postpone Any Communion Service: In the light of the above restriction on food, please postpone the communion service, as foot-washing and the distribution of the communion both involve close physical proximity.
- Use Pre-Recorded Musical Items: -As the act of singing uses more breath than normal speaking, it is recommended that churches use pre-recorded musical items until further notice. No choir practices should occur during level 2.
- Fully Brief The Welcome Team: Please ensure that the welcoming team fully understand the importance of extending a contactless welcome.
- Make Alternate Offering Arrangements: Consider E-giving. If doing a manual collection, then avoid passing items like offering plates/bags from person to person. Limit contact to deacons only or have a stationary offering receptacle.
- Wash Hands Often Throughout The Day: – use soap and water for 20 secs (about the time taken to recite the Lord’s Prayer ) pay specific attention to the back of your hands, your nails and the webs between your fingers.
- Avoid Touching Your Face: – if you must, or forget, then wash your hands or sanitize afterwards. Clean spectacles daily with detergent spray/wipes.
- Cover Your Face When Coughing/Sneezing, use the inside of your elbow, wash your clothing when you get home.
- Wipe All Common High-Touch Surfaces: ‒ at the start and finish of each Sabbath programme, as well as the beginning of each other meeting during the week. Wipe down with cleaning wipes or detergent spray and a paper towel and dispose of immediately and safely. Where an area may be used more frequently than usual, you may wish to give it another clean during the morning. All Sabbath School leaders are responsible for their own areas. *
- Identify And Clean All Common High-Touch Surfaces In Your Venue: *
- all doors and door handles
- touch pads and key swipes,
- all children’s Sabbath School items and areas,
- lift buttons,
- toilet facilities/buttons,
- paper towel holders,
- keyboards, mice, mouse pads,
- desk-tops and benches,
- desk chairs,
- photocopier pads, buttons, lid
- microphones and AV equipment
- Change Dishcloths, Tea-Towels, Hand Towels, And All Cloth Articles Each Sabbath: – wash these in hot water (above 60C) and detergent.
- Regularly Clean All Less Commonly Used Areas: – meeting rooms/desks/chairs, technical equipment used for meetings e.g. iPad, speakers etc, filing cabinets, storeroom areas, showers/bathrooms, kitchen areas *
* NOTE: detergent sprays are acceptable when used within a healthy population of the small ‘church gathering’, as the aim is to remove all virus particulates and bacteria from surfaces. However, if a church member is confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19 then the use of a sodium-hypochlorite (eg: Janola) or ethanol-based cleaner (eg: Hand sanitizer) is necessary.
Also, when cleaning thoroughly and efficiently it is good to remember two general principles.
- Top to bottom: start cleaning surfaces higher up and work your way to the floor. This method ensures that any particulate or debris fall to the floor which will be cleaned when vacuumed.
- Clean to dirty: start by cleaning surfaces and objects that are cleaner and work your way to cleaning dirtier items (especially important when cleaning in toilet areas). Avoid going from an area that has not been cleaned to an area that has been cleaned. This will reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
Remember To Dispose Of All Used Wipes And Paper Towels Immediately And Safely.
It is important to understand that these are precautionary guidelines only, and the likelihood of contracting COVID-19 is minimal at this stage, more importantly there is no shame or judgement on anyone who becomes ill with COVID-19 or any other virus at this time.
Be kind to yourself and others.
Updated Response to Covid-19 & Alert Level 2
26 May 2020
MESSAGE TO ALL NEW ZEALAND SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCHES
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
“Dear friends, we pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.” 3 John 2
In consultation with Conference leaders, the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference administration would like to update you on the steps we are taking with the recent easing of restrictions announced by the New Zealand Government and clarification around what Alert Level 2 entails. We must continue to take appropriate steps to minimise the impact this virus may have on our church membership, activities and personnel.
- As of 12.00pm, May 29, 2020, the NZ Government announced the country will move to an updated alert level 2. At this alert level, gatherings of up to 100 people are now permitted. This means that most church buildings can safely reopen for church services and meetings.
- Those churches who can safely reopen must continue to observe appropriate physical distancing and keep a register of those attending in line with contact tracing guidelines.
- We encourage church leaders to carefully consider how many members can be accommodated within the church building at any one time given appropriate physical distancing rules still apply. This will also apply to all sabbath school groups and adventurer & pathfinder meetings.
- With church services returning to normal and offering collections recommencing, church members are encouraged to continue to use eGiving and direct deposits to return their tithes and offerings.
- With most church buildings reopening, we encourage church leaders to consider how to incorporate the many initiatives that members used to meet and worship together during lockdown into church life.
- All church members and personnel are encouraged to seek immediate medical assistance if they have flu like symptoms and are to remain at home.
- Church members and attendees are encouraged to continue to follow Ministry of Health guidelines for sneezing, coughing, washing of hands, appropriate physical distancing and close personal contact. Guidelines will be shared with each church on recommendations specifically relating to our church environment.
- We encourage that care and consideration is given to the elderly and other vulnerable members of our churches and communities.
Please continue to observe all government restrictions and Ministry of Health guidelines. Thank you for what you are doing to further His cause and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we transition to a level of normality.
President New Zealand Pacific Union Conference – Eddie Tupa’i
Secretary Treasurer New Zealand Pacific Union Conference – Graeme Drinkall
President North New Zealand Conference – Ben Timothy
President South New Zealand Conference – Mike Sikuri
Volunteers wanted – Hope Channel Television
20 April 2020
Do you have a heart for reaching others with the gospel message?
Hope Channel is all about bringing great programs to our television network. Programs that uplifts, encourages, teaches and brings hope to a nation looking for answers. We broadcast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and that requires a lot of programs.
Are you feeling you can do more in reaching others with Gods message of hope and love? Are you unsure what you can do? Do you have a burning desire to serve God more?
If so, have you thought of joining our group of volunteers here at Hope Channel?
We have a dedicated team of volunteers who helps us with the review of programs before they go to air. Every single program is reviewed so that we know it is suitable for our viewers and that it complies with the local Broadcast Standards.
But there are many programs to look through and our current team need help. Being a program reviewer means you will get to see programs before they get on air. We are looking for people who can dedicate 3 to 5 hours a week to this ministry.
So, what is involved? You will join the team and connect with Penny, who manages the review team. You will receive a weekly allocation of programs to review and can then do this at your own leisure. There is a checklist of things to watch for and consider that will need to be filled in, all on-line from the comfort of your home and at a time that suits you.
Sounds like something for you? Then why not get in touch with us right now. Send an email to Penny Simpson – [email protected] or call on 06-650 0622 to have a chat with her about this
Please note these are unpaid volunteer positions.
Hope Channel NZ
Hope Channel New Zealand – Bringing Hope to Every Home!
Employment: Facility Manager (Operations Manager) FT
Employing entity: Bethesda Care. New Zealand
Location of work: Manukau, Auckland, NZ
Closing date of applications: 12 June 2020 or sooner if the role is filled
Bethesda offers a comfortable, homely Care Centre with a difference. With strong connections to the Seventh-day Adventist church, we’re a not-for-profit Christian organisation. We an Essential Service Provider.
The Facility Manager role is key to the success of our business and it’s also at the heart of our business. The role has a very important portfolio of hospitality services which is vital to ensure our residents receive the best quality service.
For full selection criteria, further information and send applications please click here
Teaching Position – New Plymouth Adventist Christian School
6 May 2020
Teacher, permanent tagged, 0.8FTE – full-time.
New Plymouth Adventist Christian School is a progressive full primary school in the beautiful region of Taranaki. We aim to speak to our school vision ‘Educating for Eternity’ in everything that we do. We require an enthusiastic Christian teacher to join our collaborative team, teaching New Entrant – Middle Primary Year Levels.
This position is ideal for you if:
- You have innovative ideas to create an engaging and stimulating classroom
- You have strengths within digital technology (we are a Google and Seesaw School)
- You want to make an eternal difference in the lives of all children
- You want to challenge the possibilities of learning within a Christian framework
- You would describe yourself as a team player and ambitious for facilitating the holistic potential for all learners
- You are organised, efficient and use initiative in multi-level teaching environment
In return, we offer a school that intentionally:
- Builds an inclusive team educating students for God’s kingdom
- Recognises and utilises strengths
- Has shared Christian values
- Allows all learners to grow
- Provides ongoing professional development
- Enjoys many out of school adventures
Applicants must be willing and able to take part in religious instruction and uphold the Special Seventh-day Adventist character of the school is a condition of employment.
Commencing Term 3, 2020. The start date for the position is negotiable but will preferably commence as soon as Covid-19 restrictions allow schools to be fully operational.
Applications close 9 am, Monday 8th June, 2020.
Please send a covering letter with a CV (including contacts for 2 referees and at least one “special character” referee) to the Principal; email [email protected]