- Lockdown(Zone 4): Closed or virtual only (with five or less people to work together on the production of virtual services, with continuous mask wearing, and physical distancing at all times.
- Yellow level: Two metres of distance is maintained between people outside of their household or Steady15 at a maximum of 50% of your worship/meeting space, and everyone is wearing a mask. Singing is permitted only with mask wearing and two metres of distance in place. Visits will be allowed in hospitals, as per regional health authority policy and guidance.
- More details on the Church Operational Plan page.
In light of the concern and care around the COVID-19, some resources have been compiled to aid in caring for others and self during this time and in light of the lifting restrictions. New items are being added regularly.
God of infinite compassion and mercy,
our hearts are overflowing with a flood of emotions from the past year,
fear and sorrow and grief — endurance, relief, and hope.
For the families of all who have died, who have been unable yet to mourn,
we ask your comfort.
For health care workers persevering in the battle with the disease
we ask your strength and courage.
For government and public health leaders
we ask your wisdom.
For all facing the relentless uncertainties that continue
we ask your endurance and peace.
We give thanks for the resilience discovered within us.
We give thanks for all who continue to work to protect and care for us.
We give thanks for your unending love and compassion always in our midst.
As we face the year ahead
fill our hearts with that same love and compassion for our world and its needs.
For in you we find all that is needed — for whatever lies ahead. Amen.
- A prayer from Archbishop Linda Nicholls
at the anniversary of the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic
Gracious God, thank you that you are over all, in all and through all. We lift our world before you as we continue to journey through the COVID-19 pandemic. We pray for those who are suffering its effects, the medical personnel who are caring for them and all essential workers. We give you thanks for the vaccines now available and for those responsible for their development and distribution. We are grateful for the lives of people who have died and pray for their families and friends in their bereavement. We ask that you enable us to know your love for all and give us your peace which passes all understanding. In the name of Christ. Amen.
We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.
- Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference