Latest Information (26 May 2020)
Key points about the current situation follow.
Restrictions on gatherings for worship are being relaxed stage by stage. The implications for LCA/NZ congregations are contained in COVID-19 eNews Update No.9 issued on 14 May. This information is to read in the light of the directives of the government of your country (New Zealand), state or territory. Your District Office staff will be able to provide guidance specific to your location (details in the accordion below). You may find the following resources helpful as you plan to return to public worship.
- FAQs about returning to public worship (includes information about signage, cleaning etc)
- Sign-in sheet to be used for all worship services and other gatherings at the church
- Rite for return to public worship
- Growing Faith Moment (from Grow Ministries) for returning to public worship
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Bishop John Henderson's messages
Message 4 (9 April 2020)
Church@Home is a central repository for resources to help us keep faith alive at home, connect with our community, and stay safe, during this time of physical isolation. New resources are being added here all the time. Click here or on the above image to go to the Church@Home landing page, or click on the blue links below to go directly to those resources.
Worship – worship preparation resources and live-streaming options
Daily devotions – written by LCA/NZ members specifically for these times, emailed daily, plus print packages for distribution to members and community
Family faith-building – the best of Grow Ministries' resources (including a set for Holy Week) for free!
Bible studies – a growing collection of studies that you can use individuals, as households, or in online groups (go to Church@Home)
Giving – Regular Electronic Giving (REG) lets you continue to support God's work; it's safe, convenient and confidential (go to Church@Home)
Safety – protecting children and other vulnerable people (go to Church@Home)
Health and Wellbeing – a collection of resources from the Church Worker Support Department to help you navigate your way through the implications of the pandemic
Church Worker Resources – resources from the Church Worker Support Department, including Workplace Health and Safety, LCA Employee Assistance Program, and other matters relating to employment