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NNZC Event Changes, Cancellations & Postponements

North New Zealand Conference

Updated 25 March 2020

Changes to Conference events:

April

  • Pathfinder Expedition (April 3-5) POSTPONED to a later date.
  • Youth Camp (April 10-13) CANCELLED.
  • Pathfinder Rally – Pinewood Derby in Palmerston North (April 18) POSTPONED to a later date.
  • Taranaki Regional (April 18) CANCELLED.
  • Leadership Training – Palmerston North (April 24-26) CANCELLED.

May

  • Leadership Training – Rotorua (May 1-3) CANCELLED.
  • Pathfinder Rally – Pinewood Derby in Auckland (May 9) POSTPONED to a later date.
  • Master Guide Training (May 15-17) POSTPONED to a later date.
  • Wellington Women’s Retreat (May 15-17) CANCELLED.
  • NZ Adventist Teachers Conference (CASE/CAPE) (May 15-17) CANCELLED.
  • Youth Rally and Basketball Tournament (May 29 – June 1) POSTPONED to a later date.

June

  • Auckland Combined – Women’s Rally Day (June 13) CANCELLED.
  • Marriage Enrichment Retreat (June 19-21) POSTPONED to a later date.
  • General Conference Session (June 25 – July 4) POSTPONED to May 20-25, 2021.

July

  • Teen Camp (July 7-12) CANCELLED.
  • Junior Camp (July 12-16) CANCELLED.

Changes to local church and other advertised events:

  • Grief Seminar at East Auckland City SDA Church (March 20 & 21) POSTPONED.
  • 50th Reunion Auckland Seventh-Day Adventist High School (April 3-5) POSTPONED. More info at www.ivvy.com.au/event/ASDAH20
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COVID-19 Pandemic Alert Level 3-4

North New Zealand Conference

23 March 2020

Dear North New Zealand Church family and friends,

But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads in every place the fragrance that comes from knowing him. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing… 2 Corinthians 2:14-15  NRSV

With the government’s announcement that the COVID19 pandemic is imminently moving to Level 4 alert we continue our scramble to adapt to the changing conditions. These rapid changes seem to be one step ahead of us however I believe this decision is wise and timely being a calculated move to prevent higher levels of suffering and death in our country.

Please refer to the Government site: covid19.govt.nz/government-actions/covid-19-alert-system  for instructions on activity and restrictions relating to these alert levels.

We will release further information as time progresses. The immediate outcomes include;

  1. the closure of the North New Zealand Conference Office and Adventist Book Centre in Pakuranga, Auckland from today.
  2. Staff will work as possible from home however some services will be curtailed or unavailable for the period.
  3. All physical gatherings including church meetings, family, funerals or weddings can no longer be conducted.
  4. All church schools are to be closed from this Wednesday and the first term school holidays are now brought forward to commence on Monday March 30.

Despite the great difficulties for many let our faith grow in the God of all provision to sustain us during this season. Remind yourself of the promises of God to care for you and those you love.

Be connected and kind to others through your device media because we are still the church and still in the harvest. Obey the government (Romans 13:1), continue to meet as a church via the digital space and always practice what the Bible tells us;

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7.

Ben Timothy – President, North NZ Conference

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Comprehensive Health Support for COVID-19 – Free Resources for a limited time

South Pacific Division | Wahroonga, NSW

20 March 2020

The South Pacific Division Comprehensive Health would like to support our members and community during this challenging time and will waive the cost for the following resources for the next 2 months (ending May 18, 2020).

  1. Live More Project (10 weeks): Aims to help people improve their emotional wellbeing from a whole-person approach. (Normally $75 per person) eliawellness.com/livemore
    Darren Morton is offering an additional resource called “What the Bible Says” for free during this time so that the Live More Project can be effectively used in a small group resource in a church setting.
  2. De-stress & Thrive (6 weeks): Exciting new resource to help you develop emotional intelligence and resilience so you can buffer the stress of life. (Normally $25 per person) eliawellness.com/destress
  3. Forgive to Live (6 weeks): Aims to help people free themselves from past hurt and emotions and start living a new life. To order your free workbook complete this link and pay $10 for postage and handling. (Normally $50) events.adventist.org.au/event/info/4781.

For further information or to set up a group please contact AndreaKross@adventist.org.au. Allow a 5 day lead time to set up a group.

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Corvid-19 impact on Pathfinders and Adventurers

20 March 2020

Dear Pathfinder and Adventurer Leaders,

Things are moving very quickly, and changes are being made daily in the attempt to contain Corvid-19. We would like to begin by emphasising that it is essential that you comply with all measures the government put in place. Nothing in this email ever supersedes the direction of the Ministry of Health. Within that, what follows is some direction for our Pathfinder and Adventurer clubs in negotiating this crisis. This is the minimum standard. We support and commend those clubs who have chosen to close completely, or those who have chosen to have children work through their requirements from home digitally.

After prayer, consideration and consultation we feel we need to implement the following measure as an absolute minimum to ensure the safest environment for our clubs, our churches and the wider community. More stringent measures are encouraged as you evaluate the risks in your own context.

  1. Clubs are not to operate from church buildings. As NZPUC and NNZC have closed church buildings, clubs should not be using them either. A closed church building is a closed church building. I think this is profoundly important for our wider community to know that, as a church, we are serious about our country’s health and wellbeing, and that we are contributing to this as much as possible.
  2. Gatherings are to be small. Ensure you meet in as small a group as is practical. Large groups increase risk of transmission should a member of it have been exposed to the virus. Larger groups also increase the risk of negative public image of our church and our church’s social conscience. Ideally we would be looking at a few families catching up to work through requirements together, not a “meeting.”
  3. The following may not attend.
    a. Anyone feeling unwell
    b. Anyone who has travelled in the last 14 days
    c. Anyone who has had contact it the last 14 days with someone who has, or is suspected of having, corvid-19.
  4. Ensure the vulnerable do not attend. This includes elderly and those with existing health conditions.
  5. Keep good records. All gatherings need to record and retain the following information for the duration of the crisis, and be ready to provide it to MoH at any time.
    a. Date
    b. Location
    c. Names of all present
    d. Contact details of all present
    e. Seating plan if practical
    f. All activities and their level of mixing
  6. Ensure excellent hygiene. Hand washing and cough / sneeze etiquette, need to be promoted and enforced. Regularly wash down hard surfaces which are subject to frequent touch (eg. door handles, hand rails, etc)
  7. Do not share food or drinks. Avoid having food at all, and make sure each person brings their own clearly labelled drink bottle to avoid handling by others.
  8. Ensure social distancing. Maintain 1.5-2m distancing as much as possible. If you do an activity which involves closer interaction, you must;
    a. Wash hands before and after activity
    b. Limit it to 10 minutes maximum
  9. No overnight activities. Keep the meetings short, 3-4 hrs maximum. The interaction with various facilities (like toilets) increases drastically as time increases, so keep it shorter rather than longer. The only value in gathering is for kids to feel special, to maintain friendships, and to grow positive relationships with loving adults. This doesn’t need to be long in this current climate.
  10. Utilise the outdoors as much as possible. Social distancing is easier outdoors. The government has acknowledged outside is lower risk by the different size limits of events, so take their advice.
  11. Do things digitally where possible. The benefit of “in person” gatherings is relationship. Don’t waste these times on things the children could do at home with their family. Use it for building strong, supportive and encouraging relationship. Have regular devotions streamed online, teach class work online, have kids submit work online, etc. This is very easy, just ask one of your children to help you!
  12. Focus on discipleship. The blessing of this curse is the closure of buildings. When we lose our building we are confronted with the question “how will our church survive?” The answer is simple, if your church is just a building, you aren’t church. Church is people, defined by Jesus, who love and journey with each other in Christ. Church is people in discipleship relationships, not spectators in a building. This crisis will help the health of our church more than 1000 events. Focus on intentionally using the moments you have with your young people to draw them closer to God, and into a more trusting relationship with you so you can speak life into their lives. More on discipleship will be send out shortly, as many of us struggle with what this actually means – but it’s simple!

This is where we are currently at. It is subject to change and always in submission to the Ministry of Health directives. We may not get all, or even many of our Pathfinders and Adventurers invested this year, but that is ok. This is a far greater learning opportunity about the true nature of church, about the impact a single person can make in times of trial if they love others as God does, and about God as a refuge and shelter in trouble. Use this time well, bring Jesus into the conversation, and your young people will be far more enriched for traversing through it.

Hard Questions

I would also note that there could be some very good theological questions being asked at this time. Don’t be afraid of young people asking hard questions. This is good, they are wrestling with the situation and trying to understand. Don’t be threatened by it, and don’t feel you need to have all the answers. You are allowed to say “That is a fantastic question, and deserves a good answer. I will have to consider that this week to give you the best possible answer. Let’s talk next week.” This gives you time to pray, read Scripture, speak to your pastor, and if all else fails, I would be delighted to work through hard questions with you. But do get back to your young person to show that they matter.

I will give further updates as needed. We could also look to see if we can create a more online-friendly way of working through curriculum, but this will be determined once we have some idea about the length of time the disruption is expected to continue for. As always, remember we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us (Phil 4:13). Lean on Christ and good will come from this situation.

God bless

Dale Hokin – Family and Children’s Pastor, North New Zealand Conference

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Church & Home Options for Ongoing Support

20 March 2020

Dear Church Family

I just love the song “I am no longer a slave to fear, I am a child of God”, by the Heslers.  What a beautiful message of hope for all of us during this time that we are challenged, facing this global pandemic.  We have nothing to fear as our God is in control.  This will pass away!!

We have been advised by the government authorities to consider taking necessary step to mitigate the risk of spread, therefore the leadership of the Church has initiated closing of our local churches at this current time.  We have also taken steps right across the Conference to proactively deal with the situation and to protect our church members, our staff in our officers and other people surrounding us, as much as possible.  Working in partnership is a beautiful thing.

How can we at this juncture continue to support God’s ministry and His church through these times where we are unable to meet as a church community.  The return of tithe and offering in order to continue HIS ministry can still progress without impact, so that we can continue to share  HIS amazing message of hope.  Therefore we are suggesting the following alternative ways of support:

  1. Access to electronic giving(e-giving via the NNZC website) egiving.org.nz
  2. Access to e-giving by the APP store that can be easily downloaded to your mobile phone/iPad
  3. Ring NNZC for phone payment via credit card – 09 277 8529
  4. Direct transfer to NNZC donation account for tithe – 03-0175-0055484-01
  5. Personal delivery of tithe and offering to – NNZC 47 Ben Lomond Crescent, Pakuranga Heights Pakuranga

Please kindly note that our whole finance team here at the Conference are available to assist you in any way, as we together continue to support our mission to serve our country NZ  and to bring hope during this crisis.  Please contact me at any time on my email shanepalipane@adventist.org.nz or 021 987 129.

God bless you all.

Shane Palipane – Chief Financial Officer, North New Zealand Conference

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Message to ALL Seventh-day Adventist Churches and Groups in New Zealand

19 March 2020

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Updated Response to Covid-19

“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 and Mission leaders, the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference administration would like to brief you on steps we are taking with the Covid-19 virus outbreak and recent restrictions imposed by the respective Governments across the New Zealand Pacific region. As the General Conference indicated, now is not the time to panic however we must take appropriate steps to minimise the impact on our church membership, activities and personnel.

  1. As of this evening, March 19, 2020, all church buildings will be closed for church services and meetings until further notice.
  2. All churches are encouraged to limit non-essential meetings and to use digital media to meet when necessary.
  3. We encourage church leaders to assist their members to meet in small groups for worship, that could include viewing Hope Channel and livestreamed services from your Conference or Mission.
  4. Church members are encouraged to use eGiving and direct deposits as the means of returning their tithes and offerings.
  5. All church members and personnel are encouraged to seek immediate medical assistance if they have flu like symptoms.
  6. Church members and personnel are encouraged to follow Ministry of Health guidelines for sneezing, coughing, washing of hands, appropriate social distancing and close personal contact.
  7. We encourage that care and consideration is given to the elderly and other vulnerable members of our churches and communities.

You will appreciate this is impacting the world in an unprecedented way and we are continuing to monitor government health guidelines and restrictions. This decision has not been an easy one to make and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation in these difficult times.

Kind regards

President New Zealand Pacific Union Conference – Eddie Tupa’i
Secretary Treasurer New Zealand Pacific Union Conference – Graeme Drinkall
President Cooks Islands Mission – Eric Toleafoa
President French Polynesia Mission – Roger Tetuanui
President New Caledonia Mission – Felix Wadrobert
President North New Zealand Conference – Ben Timothy
President South New Zealand Conference – Mike Sikuri

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COVID-19: An Australian Adventist Update

18 March 2020

The Australian Union Conference and the nine local Conferences there have recommended the closure of all local Seventh-day Adventist churches.  This comes in response to a different situation on the ground there in relation to COVID-19.  The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia is rapidly increasing and the government has responded by banning outdoor mass gatherings of 500 or more and indoor mass gatherings of 100 or more.

It is in light of this situation that the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia is recommending the closure of all local Adventist churches until the end of April.

We are not at such a stage here in New Zealand and are not currently recommending the closure of churches. Nonetheless, we are watching developments closely on a daily basis.

The latest update on the situation facing the church here in New Zealand at adventist.org.nz/covid-19

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COVID-19 NNZC Update – 18 March

North New Zealand Conference

18 March 2020

Dear Church Family,

May “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” be with you in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Thank you for giving close attention to our previous COVID-19 updates.  It has been pleasing to learn that so many congregations are taking seriously their responsibility to God’s precious church family and guests in the midst of this global pandemic.

Now, we also ask:

  1. That all congregations continue to uphold the preventative measures as outlined on the NZ Ministry of Health (MOH) website as found at the following link – www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-health-advice-general-public#prevention
  2. That all congregations that do not own the site where they worship ask the facility managers/owners what preventative measures they are taking to protect the health of those using their facility in the face of COVID-19 concerns and encourage them to follow the MOH guidelines.
  3. That all worship gatherings, regardless of setting, temporarily suspend shared communal meals (e.g. church lunches), footwashing and communion services.

The difficulties involved in uniformly ensuring prevention standards are maintained across so many worship sites before, during and after communal meals, footwashing and communion means the risks involved are untenable at the present time.

Events

Currently, the government requires there be no indoor or outdoor gatherings of 500 or more people and a more detailed set of public information is expected later this week, inclusive of advice for gatherings of less than 500 in attendance.  Consequently, unless developments necessitate a more rapid response, the North New Zealand Conference will provide further guidance regarding the continuance, postponement or cancellation of upcoming Conference events and regionals, next week.  We are taking a cautious, but considered approach.

Notwithstanding this, decisions have been made that impact the following events as described:

  • This week’s annual ministers meetings (March 16-19) were cancelled.
  • This Sabbath’s Global Youth Day (March 21st) has been cancelled following advice from the General Conference Youth Department.
  • The Pathfinder Expedition planned for April 3-5 has been postponed due to the nature of event activities.
  • Those leading Youth Week of Prayer (March 21-28) are asked to ‘plan small’ in their gatherings and uphold national guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19.
  • Youth Camp (April 10-13) has been cancelled due to its activity-based nature.
  • Youth Rally and Basketball Tournament (29th May – 1st June) faces a postponement at this stage.
  • Both North New Zealand Conference Pathfinder Rallies have been cancelled.

Live-streaming/broadcasting of Worship Services

We are aware that some local churches are already in the habit of live-streaming their worship services.  For the sake of a unified strategy, if it should become necessary to suspend in-person worship services, dialogue is underway between Nth NZ Conference, Sth NZ Conference and the NZPUC regarding contingency planning.

The shape of pastoral ministry

The Conference is in dialogue with the NZPUC as regards advice around pastoral ministry practices in a time of ‘social distancing’.

Stewardship

We have made contact with the South Pacific Division Stewardship department with respect to tithe and offering, if in-person church services are suspended for a period of time.

We may live in uncertain times, but we also dwell in the shelter of the Most High and rest in the shadow of the Almighty, our refuge and fortress, our God in whom we trust (Psalm 91).

May the peace that passes all understanding be yours in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

– Pr Hugh Heenan – General Secretary, NNZC

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COVID-19 NNZC Special Notice – 13 March

North New Zealand Conference

13 March 2020

Dear Church Family,

The following is important information for our churches regarding COVID 19 (novel coronavirus) and measures designed to prevent its spread.

This comes in addition to the provision of guidance to avoid being affected included in the Conference-wide Bulletin, PLUGIN, on Wednesday, March 4th and communiques sent specifically to ministers, chaplains, education directors, aged care and campground entity leaders on Wednesday, March 11th.

In light of the World Health Organisation (WHO) upgrading the status of COVID 19 to that of a pandemic, the North New Zealand Conference (NNZC) and South New Zealand Conference (SNZC) wishes to advise local churches of the high importance of strictly following guidelines provided by the NZ Ministry of Health (MOH).

As things presently stand, the NZ population risk associated with COVID 19 is low and we wish to responsibly play our part in maintaining that status.  This is not a time to panic, but to simply raise awareness and follow best practice.

We recommend that when churches gather for worship or other purposes and on all other occasions in your own personal life, that everyone take the following basic preventative measures as outlined in the most recent update from the NZ Ministry of Health (MOH):

Prevention – how to protect yourself and others

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues.
  • Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds).
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
  • Avoid shaking hands and seek to maintain healthy, personal boundaries (1m apart)
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Avoid personal contact, such as kissing, sharing cups or food with sick people.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any symptoms and have been to any countries or territories of concern or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19.

Likewise, the following advice from the General Conference Health Department, which complements that received from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and from MOH:

  • Frequently clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Coughing and sneezing etiquette: Sneeze into the folded arm; cover your cough. Take masks with you when travelling. Should you encounter situations where people cough and sneeze and are in close proximity, have no hesitation to use your mask (airports, airplane cabin, lobbies, malls, student classes, and other gatherings, etc.)
  • Maintain social distancing – at least 1 meter between yourself and other people. Avoid close contact with those who cough or sniff
  • Avoid touching/rubbing your eyes, nose and mouth
  • If you develop a cough and experience changes in your breathing, seek medical help early and share your travel history with the health care provider
  • Avoid open markets and direct contact with animals/animal products
  • Careful food safety practices (well-cooked food, clean produce, pasteurised milk)
  • Do not avoid the flu vaccine travel advisory
  • Avoid travel to endemic areas

It is with much regret that on the basis of the above advice, it is worthwhile for each church to give careful consideration as to whether shared communal meals such as church lunches continue at the present time and if they do continue as to what form they do so.  These, of course, can involve a great deal of food preparation, handling and sharing.

It is important to note in saying all of this, that there is currently no official advice for events to be cancelled here in NZ and we look forward to continuing to worship God together until advised otherwise.  This, notwithstanding this morning’s announcement of the cancellation of Auckland’s own Pasifika Festival due largely to concerns about large incoming numbers of attendees from the Pacific Island nations and being precautionary lest there be the potential for large scale transmission taken back to the island nations without the health system capacities NZ has to deal with a COVID 19 outbreak. By contrast, Polyfest, which is a much more local event has not been cancelled, though official advice is being taken as to whether it proceeds given it is scheduled to follow so closely after the Pasifika Festival.

We recommend that individuals not attend church who feel unwell and gain medical advice about their condition.  Additionally, if you have aserious personal concern about your own safety in regards to COVID-19, for example, due to underlying health conditions that may make you susceptible to the virus, then you may wish to gain medical advice before attending large public gatherings.

Clearly, those who have returned recently from China, South Korea, Iran and Italy need to self-isolate for 14 days.

We also recommend that churches implement the following best practice provided to us by our very own Risk Management Services (RMS):

  • Consider placing large bottles of hand sanitiser at the entrances to your building. Ask your cleaners to check stock levels of hand soap and paper towel. You may also consider asking cleaners to attend more frequently to clean bathrooms and do a special ‘deep clean’ service that includes disinfecting door handles, for example.
  • Display signs advising coughing/sneezing into elbow or tissue and put out extra boxes of tissues for staff and visitors. Ensure there are enough bins for waste and that they are emptied daily.
  • Advise your church attendees that it is okay to stay home from church and Sabbath activities. Some may feel obliged and often guilty about fulfilling their roles on Sabbath. There is huge value in livestreaming or recording your church service.
  • As it is a stressful time, please adopt ways you can support the psychological health and wellbeing of others. For example, given the mass panic buying of household staples in various countries, encourage your staff, volunteers, schools and congregations to band together to support each other. Just asking, “Do you need a hand?” could make a world of difference to someone.
  • Communicate to attendees that they should not attend if they:
    • have symptoms, or
    • have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or have travelled to any of the high-risk countries as advised by your country’s department of health.
  • Display signs at entrances that advise visitors and attendees that if they have any of the symptoms that they should not enter the building.
  • Advise attendees via email, announcements and signage that they need to be aware of the risks of attending an event or activity where it cannot be established that COVID-19 is not present.

An example of appropriate signage can be obtained by following this link –www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/pages/protect_yourself_against_coronavirus-poster-english-3march2020.pdf

Likewise, the following link relates to the organisers of public eventswww.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information-specific-audiences/covid-19-advice-public-events-and-mass-gatherings

These are all part of prevention measures aimed at protecting our valued church family and guests.  Again, this is not a time for alarm, but awareness.  Therefore, let’s look out for each other’s well-being and keep one another in prayer.

For further information see:

For more New Zealand-based information

General Information:
www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus
Poster: www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/pages/protect_yourself_against_coronavirus_poster_v5_0.pdf
Guidelines for organisers of public gatherings:
www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information-specific-audiences/covid-19-advice-public-events-and-mass-gatherings

Prayerfully,
Your New Zealand Conference team

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COVID-19 Guidance from NZPUC – 4 March

General Conference & New Zealand Pacific Union Conference

4 March 2020

Coronavirus Ways to Avoid being Affected

This information closely follows the outline and content of an article from the directors of Adventist Health ministries in the General Conference.

With the first acknowledged case of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Zealand, and an increase in the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in certain European countries, particularly northern Italy, the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference is reiterating the advice given by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Health department. While being alert, this is not the time to panic.

Adrielle Carrasco, our Conference Health director says, “Although we should not create panic, it is not too early to encourage all our members to take every precaution where groups of people might be gathered. By putting wise precautions in place, we can reduce the risk of spreading infection and keep our churches safe.”

As the situation changes rapidly, NZPUC will continue to monitor health guidelines and restrictions in various countries and will update this advice as appropriate.

Current General Conference advice given in full below, which is in agreement with the current guidelines issued by the New Zealand Ministry of Health.

Please practice the standard universal precautions:

  • Frequently clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub
  • Coughing and sneezing etiquette: Sneeze into the folded arm; cover your cough. Take masks with you when travelling. Should you encounter situations where people cough and sneeze and are in close proximity, have no hesitation to use your mask (airports, airplane cabin, lobbies, malls, student classes, and other gatherings, etc.)
  • Maintain social distancing – at least 1 meter between yourself and other people. Avoid close contact with those who cough or sniff
  • Avoid touching/rubbing your eyes, nose and mouth
  • If you develop a cough and experience changes in your breathing, seek medical help early and share your travel history with the health care provider
  • Avoid open markets and direct contact with animals/animal products
  • Careful food safety practices (well-cooked food, clean produce, pasteurised milk)
  • Do not avoid the flu vaccine travel advisory
  • Avoid travel to endemic areas

Symptoms of the Disease

“Transmission occurs through droplets spread when infected people cough or sneeze, and it gains access to the body through the respiratory tract (lungs). The symptoms include fever, cough, muscle pain, shortness of breath and fatigue; some patients may have diarrhoea, and others very mild to no symptoms at all.” While these symptoms are also typical of flu, the Coronavirus infection may lead to a more serious pneumonia infection.

If you think you have been exposed by travel or contact with an affected individual, SEEK ADVICE from your primary care physician! Be sure to disclose your travel history. There is global awareness, and this is not the time to panic – rather to quietly trust in God.

Very practical advice is provided by the World Health Organisation. Also, follow the recommendations of your national government. This will include self-quarantine if returning from an affected area. [This is in line with the current NZ Ministry of Health advice for those involved in overseas travel.]

For further information see:

For more New Zealand-based information

General Information:
https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

Poster: https://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/pages/protect_yourself_against_coronavirus_poster_v5_0.pdf

Guidelines for organisers of public gatherings:
https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information-specific-audiences/covid-19-advice-public-events-and-mass-gatherings

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Resources For Churches Going Digital During Covid-19

The North American Division has put together a bunch of resources for churches wanting to go digital during COVID-19. The resources are free. We want our church to come back stronger and more unified from this experience. Click on the link below for free resources to help migrate your worship service and community online. The North American Division will keep this page updated as they add more resources.

www.sdadata.org/goingdigitalcovid19.html

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1st Quarter 2020 – Sabbath School Lesson Resources

Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide – The Book of Daniel
1st Quarter 2020 (January, February, March)

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Employment

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Employment: Outdoor Education Supervisor

Tui Ridge Park, Rotorua

Tui Ridge Park, Rotorua is seeking a qualified and committed outdoor education supervisor to join our team on a full-time basis.

We are a Christian Camp providing facilities and programmes for small to large groups of all ages. A popular campsite for schools including long term repeat clients, we run an OutdoorsMark certified outdoor education programme. Set in an amazing landscape of 170 hectares of native bush and forestry including numerous walking and biking tracks, guests can experience a range of indoor and outdoor activities in a tranquil setting. Our outdoor education staff strive to provide positive and engaging programmes for all participants that encourage personal and social development.

The Outdoor Education Supervisor will be involved in staff management and development, implementation and delivery of safe and effective outdoor education programmes, working to maintain industry standards, and providing regular reports to the camp manager and TRP board.

If this is a position that interests you, please contact us on 07 3323510 or by email to people@tuiridgepark.co.nz.

Applications close Thursday, 9 April 2020

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Teaching Position Vacancy

Whakatane SDA School

Teacher, Years 1-4 (Composite). Tagged position.

Full-time, Permanent. We seek an enthusiastic, effective, experienced and committed Christian teacher for our delightful New Entrant to Year 4 composite class. Strengths in Literacy and Numeracy & The Arts.  You will be part of a caring and supportive team and you will certainly love our tamariki.

The successful applicant will have a proven ability to work collaboratively and foster positive relationships with our wonderful school community.

A willingness and ability to take part in religious instruction appropriate to the special Seventh-day Adventist character of the school shall be a condition of appointment. A school visit is most welcome. Position commences Term  2, 2020

Application close 3:00pm Thursday 9th April 2020

To request a job application or to apply please email your CV with a cover letter stating your curriculum strengths as well as any other strengths or interests you would bring to our school, and contact details of 2 referees to: Olepa Korenhof at principal@sdawhakatane.school.nz

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