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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

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


Message to ALL Seventh-day Adventist Churches

New Zealand Pacific Region

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

North Island Notices – adventist.org.nz/connect/nnz-notices

South Island Notices – adventist.org.nz/connect/snz-notices