During the COVID-19 outbreak, we encourage you to get up-to-date information from the NZ Ministry of Health website – www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus

The Government has launched a new website www.covid19.govt.nz which brings together all of the information on Covid-19, including the health info from the Ministry of Health and also financial assistance, travel advice etc.

For all our current notice please visit our NZ Adventist Communication board on Trello at https://trello.com/b/SZHx7Eus


Friday, March 13, 2021

Churches (Level 1)

All church buildings are able to re-open and we encourage churches to resume worshipping God and serving our surrounding communities in-person, together.  Here’s some simple precautions we can all take to re-open our churches safely:

  • Act immediately if you are sick. Stay at home and call your GP, nurse practitioner or Healthline to see if you need a test.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Record your movements, using the NZ COVID Tracer app.
  • Churches may resume singing, church lunch, communion and all other normal church activities as long as all necessary precautions are taken to remain within Ministry of Health requirements.
  • Keep looking for creative ways to connect with each other and your surrounding community through such ways as small groups and online platforms.

Youth Rally and Touch Tournament

Pr Willie Iererua has confirmed that the Youth Rally and Touch Tournament this weekend at Rotorua is going ahead, and Aucklanders are now welcome to join!  Praise the Lord!

May we uphold in prayer, our young people, youth leaders and Pr Willie and the team as they gather in worship and recreational fellowship and fun this weekend.


Sunday, March 7, 2021

Auckland Churches (Level 2)

Church buildings can be open and can hold meetings and programmes provided:

  • There are less than 100 people – where your church is likely to exceed this number a decision to close your building or manage attendance would be best
  • You ensure your QR code is displayed – maybe have more than one for ease of scanning
  • We encourage attendees to scan
  • Use your sign-in sheets – keep pens sanitised
  • If members are sick remind them to stay home
  • For vulnerable or sick members encourage wearing a mask or offer connection with your church media services
  • Food/church lunches should not be served
  • Footwashing/Communion and baptisms should be delayed till Level 1

Reminders on life at Alert Level 2: covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2

North New Zealand Conference Office (Level 2)

Conference Office is open but visitors are to be by appointment only to keep social distancing.
www.adventist.org.nz
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 09 262 5620

Adventist Book Centre (Level 2)

ABC is open for online and contactless shopping. The shop is open for instore customers but under level 2 sign in and social distancing rules apply.

  • Sunday 10:00am–12:30pm
  • Monday to Thursday 10:00am–4:00pm
  • Friday 10:00am–12:30pm

www.adventistbookcentre.co.nz
Email: [email protected]
Free Phone: 0800 50 22 22

Churches (Level 1)

All church buildings are able to re-open and we encourage churches to resume worshipping God and serving our surrounding communities in-person, together.  Here’s some simple precautions we can all take to re-open our churches safely:

  • Act immediately if you are sick. Stay at home and call your GP, nurse practitioner or Healthline to see if you need a test.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Record your movements, using the NZ COVID Tracer app.
  • Churches may resume singing, church lunch, communion and all other normal church activities as long as all necessary precautions are taken to remain within Ministry of Health requirements.
  • Keep looking for creative ways to connect with each other and your surrounding community through such ways as small groups and online platforms.

COVID-19 Notices and Church Building Closures

Sunday, February 28, 2021

PLA Training Weekend

PLA Training is postponed until further notice due to the current change in COVID levels. A new date will be communicated once COVID levels allow the programme to be held.

MIT and Other Casual/Casual Plus Contacts

We ask MIT students and any church members who visited places of interest or maybe compromised to follow Ministry of Health advice and alert your Pastor to potential risk if you were at church on Sabbath so members can be alerted in case symptoms develop.

Locations of interest www.health.govt.nz/…/covid-19-contact-tracing…

Auckland Churches COVID Level 3

Church buildings are closed – connect using digital media and use your membership contact networks.
If there is likely to have been a close or close plus contact in your church building – clean all surfaces before reopening the church is advised.

Weddings and Funerals may be held but are limited to a maximum of 10 people.
All surfaces in the church should be cleaned well after the event.

Reminders on life at Alert Level 3: covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-3

North New Zealand Conference Office

Conference Office staff are working from home and are contactable by email and phone. The Office at Ben Lomond Crescent is closed.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 09 262 5620

Adventist Book Center

ABC is open for online and contactless shopping. The shop at Ben Lomond Crescent is closed.
www.adventistbookcentre.co.nz
Email: [email protected]
Free Phone: 0800 50 22 22

Rest of North New Zealand Churches COVID Level 2

Church buildings can remain open and can hold meetings and programmes provided:

  • There are less than 100 people – where your church is likely to exceed this number a decision to close your building would be best
  • You ensure your QR code is displayed – maybe have more than one for ease of scanning
  • We encourage attendees to scan
  • Use your sign-in sheets – keep pens sanitised
  • If members are sick remind them to stay home
  • For vulnerable or sick members encourage wearing a mask or offer connection with your church media services
  • Food/church lunches should not be served
  • Footwashing and Communion should be delayed till Level 1

Reminders on life at Alert Level 2: covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2


Churches (Level 1)

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

All church buildings are able to re-open and we encourage churches to resume worshipping God and serving our surrounding communities in-person, together.  Here’s some simple precautions we can all take to re-open our churches safely:

  • Act immediately if you are sick. Stay at home and call your GP, nurse practitioner or Healthline to see if you need a test.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Record your movements, using the NZ COVID Tracer app.
  • Churches may resume singing, church lunch, communion and all other normal church activities as long as all necessary precautions are taken to remain within Ministry of Health requirements.
  • Keep looking for creative ways to connect with each other and your surrounding community through such ways as small groups and online platforms.

COVID-19 & Church Building Closures (Level 2 & Level 3)

MESSAGE TO ALL NORTH NEW ZEALAND SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCHES

Thursday, February 18, 2021

North New Zealand Conference Office (Level 2)

The Conference continues to work online, with staff contactable by phone or email. The office at Ben Lomond Crescent will re-open for appointments on Monday 22 February under Level 2 regulations.

ABC During Lockdown (Level 2)

Next week the shop will open for in-store customers. Level 2 social distancing and sign-in rules will apply. Please stay home if you are sick.

Churches

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the reduction of levels in Auckland to Level 2, and the rest of New Zealand to Level 1.

Auckland Churches are to remain closed this weekend

While groups of less than 100 people are able to meet under Level 2 Covid-19 guidelines, the NNZC requests and expects that all churches in the Auckland region remain closed. Please note that services can be accessed online.

We encourage church members to identify those who are unable to connect digitally, in order to provide spiritual and physical support.

Churches Outside Auckland
Churches are able to meet under Level 1 guidelines.

Remember

  • to ensure your QR code is displayed at all entrances and strategic points
  • if unable or unwilling to scan the QR code, attendees are to sign in
  • vulnerable or sick members should stay home

Rosalie McFarlane – General Secretary, North New Zealand Conference


COVID-19 & Church Building Closures – Auckland Level 3 and rest of New Zealand Level 2

MESSAGE TO ALL NORTH NEW ZEALAND SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCHES

Sunday, February 15, 2021

Due to the Governments announcement tonight Sunday 14th February changing Auckland to COVID Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand to Level 2 please ensure the following guidelines are applied across our churches and church community. We trust that as a caring and responsible community we are ready to move church and church life into the required levels for your church community

All Church Members

  • Practice good hygiene – have hand sanitiser available
    • Wash hands using soap and water for 20 seconds
    • Cough and sneeze into your elbow
    • Keep surfaces clean
  • Use masks and social distancing to protect yourself and others
  • If you have flu-like symptoms please be tested
  • If you know of vulnerable or needy people at church or in your neighbourhood, please be His hands, feet and voice – check with them and see if they need help and provide support

Auckland Churches

All Auckland Churches are closed until further notice. Once the Prime Minister has given direction to the country on Wednesday we will review whether or not Auckland churches can open. Please check the website for information for this coming Sabbath. Prepare for any eventuality.

Until then please use digital options for any planned meetings or programmes or defer the meetings until they are possible.

Where churches are hiring their facilities please contact those involved and let them know that our buildings are closed,

Churches outside of Auckland

Churches remain open and can hold meetings and programmes provided:

  • There are less than 100 people
  • You ensure your QR code is displayed – maybe have more than one for ease of scanning
  • We encourage attendees to scan
  • Use your sign-in sheets – keep pens sanitised
  • If members are sick remind them to stay home
  • For vulnerable or sick members encourage wearing a mask or offer connection with your church media services
  • Food should not be served

Let us continue as Jesus representatives and those with a special message to share about these events unfolding, find ways to really be really church in these strange and challenging times.

Rosalie McFarlane – General Secretary, North New Zealand Conference


Updated Response to Covid-19 & Alert Level 1

MESSAGE TO ALL NEW ZEALAND SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCHES

Tuesday, June 9, 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 1 entails.

  1. As of 12.00am, June 9, 2020, the NZ Government announced the country will move to alert level 1.  At this alert level, there are no limits placed on the size of gatherings nor on physical distancing which means all church buildings can safely reopen for church services and meetings.
  2. All church members and personnel are encouraged to observe basic hygiene that includes washing hands regularly and coughing and sneezing into your elbow.  Please seek immediate medical assistance if you have flu like symptoms and remain at home.
  3. The Government recommends that everyone keep track of where they have been and Churches should continue to display the NZ Covid Tracer QR code posters.
  4. With church services returning to normal and offering collections recommencing, we encourage church members to continue to use eGiving and direct deposits to return their tithes and offerings.
  5. With church buildings reopening, we strongly encourage church leaders to consider how to incorporate the many innovative initiatives members used to meet and worship together during lockdown into ongoing church life.

Thank you for what you are doing to further His cause and we appreciate how you have adapted an innovated during the recent few months.

Kind regards

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


Updated Response to Covid-19 & Alert Level 2

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. All church members and personnel are encouraged to seek immediate medical assistance if they have flu like symptoms and are to remain at home.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Kind regards

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


Friday, May 8, 2020. Alert Level 3

Kia ora koutou

Thank you very much, to all our New Zealand church family, for your perseverance throughout the COVID-19 lockdown stages. It has been inspiring to hear stories of church members helping and caring for each other and our communities during this time. I have been delighted to see the ways that our churches have been presenting creative and engaging online worship.

On Thursday afternoon, the Prime Minister, outlined what life will look like when we move to Alert Level 2. The North New Zealand and South New Zealand Conference leaders, together with the New Zealand Pacific Union Conference, have prepared a draft plan for Level 2. After the Government’s announcement regarding Level 2 on Monday 11 May, these plans will be updated and circulated.  Until further notice, thank you for noting that we are all still operating at Level 3.

I am very grateful to our leaders and pastors for the way they have guided God’s church amidst these uncertain times. Thank you especially for supporting those who have had, and are still, facing real challenges. May God’s peace be within your bubble this Sabbath. Blessings as you worship in your homes, and/or online.

“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His Word I will put my hope.” Ps.130:5

President
New Zealand Pacific Union Conference – Eddie Tupa’i


Updated Response to Covid-19

MESSAGE TO ALL NEW ZEALAND SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST CHURCHES

Thursday, March 19, 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 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