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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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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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SNZC Event Changes, Cancellations & Postponements

South New Zealand Conference

Updated 19 March 2020

Changes to Conference events:

  • Global Youth Day (March 21) POSTPONED. Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Virus the General Conference Youth Department has officially postponing Global Youth Day 2020 activities and transitioning to a prayer focus instead. For more information please visit/follow the GC Youth Ministries Facebook page www.facebook.com/GCYouthMinistries
  • 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. More info at adventist.org.nz/resources/ywop
  • Teen Expedition (April 12-17) CANCELLED.
  • SNZ Discipleship Tour (April 18-26) CANCELLED.

Changes to local church and other advertised events:

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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

Special Notice: COVID-19

18 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.

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).

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.

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.

Those who have recently returned from international travel must self-isolate for 14 days. Please notify your church clerk or pastor if you are in self-isolation so that your church can support you.

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 recently travelled internationally
  • 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 teams

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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)

The Sabbath School Daniel videos now have a Closed Caption setting that can be turned off or on.  The CC button is on the right bottom corner of the video screen. View/download videos at vimeo.com/spddiscipleship

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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