5 Ascot Avenue, Remuera  (09) 929 4670

COVID-19 Updates

Parish COVID-19 Update

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These notices are to bring you up to date with the Parish steps and procedures addressing COVID-19.

24 September 2020

Hello Church Family,

Well as we move to Level 2 in Auckland we are now able to gather together again for church in our buildings. We will have both the 8am and 9:30am services but we encourage you, if you are able, to consider coming to the 8am service to help balance numbers. We will be monitoring our numbers on Sunday in order to comply with the 100 person cap on gatherings. This weekend is Daylight Saving so the clocks go forward 1 hour at midnight on Saturday night. Sorry – 1 one less hour in bed but just a reminder so you don’t get caught out.

Outlined below is a reminder of some of the procedures to keep people safe at this level, and so that you have a chance to refresh your memory from last time. There will be plenty of helpers to gently direct people on Sunday.

If you have been watching online and haven’t had the opportunity to join us in person, you are very welcome to come along on Sunday. We would love to see you, anyone can come!!

For those who aren’t able to physically join us, we will be still maintaining our online service, you can join us online at 9:30am via the Facebook Livestream https://www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera/
Or on YouTube, so look for us on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp1KTUD3GRs20GGAFeAZ7fQ/videos

Remember if you are at high risk of severe illness or have any cold or flu-like symptoms, please stay away, and we will see you when you are well again.

Church Services:
Upon arrival
When you first arrive (for those with phones) you will need to check-in via the NZ COVID Tracer App QR code outside the main doors to the Gathering Area. We will also be recording manually the names of those attending, so inside you will find someone taking these details. Plenty of hand sanitizer is available for your use then head directly into church and find a seat.

  • Doors will remain open to lessen contact
  • Please maintain physical distancing of 1 metre at all times
  • Every second pew is to be used to maintain distance and most of the seating with be 3 people per pew unless you are a family group. Please read the signs on the pews as you enter
  • The collection box will be inside the church for your giving – bags will not be passed around during the service
  • Children sit with their family groups until they are directed to their programmes

During the service
Unfortunately, we are not able to have any singing during the service but we will share communion together. We won’t have prayer ministry at the 9:30am service in the usual form (during communion in the Ladies Chapel) but there will be a box in that space for prayer requests that you may have. Bring a pen to write those down.

  • Sharing the peace will take place from your pews – a chance to practice your peace-like facial expressions…
  • Communion will be bread only and there will be specific directions as to how to come forward.

After the service
We will hold back from serving tea and coffee following the service for a few more Sundays so the kitchen is closed. However, we encourage you to consider inviting someone back to your place to share a coffee or to make use of our local cafes if you are comfortable with this. As you leave be careful of physical distancing and ensure that you allow room for each other to exit safely. We won’t be holding our remote zoom coffee catchups on Sunday as we have in the past, so for those who are joining worship from afar, at this stage, we have put a halt to this whilst we are meeting physically in the church building.

Thursday Morning Prayer 
This is still happening online via zoom as well as physically in the building. There are lots of options so join us to prayer each Thursday from 9am either in the Gathering area of church or at  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/460759795
Meeting ID: 460 759 7958
By phone: Call +64 9 884 6780 then enter Meeting ID followed by the hash key: 460 759 7958  #

We are looking forward to seeing you really soon.

Regards,
The St Aidan’s Team

18 September 2020


Our Sunday worship will be online only again this Sunday 9:30am, and can be found on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera or on our YouTube channel here: www.youtube.com/channel/UCp1KTUD3GRs20GGAFeAZ7fQ/videos (Make sure to click on the appropriately dated video). We hope you can join us for worship again this Sunday and also jump on the Zoom link below after the service for our Catch up over a Cuppa event.

Catch up over a Cuppa’ event. 
Join Zoom Meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4607597958
Meeting ID: 460 759 7958
By phone: Call +64 4 886 0026 then enter Meeting ID followed by the hash key:
460 759 7958  #

Thursday Morning Prayer 
Join us to prayer each Thursday from 9am:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/460759795
Meeting ID: 460 759 7958
By phone: Call +64 9 884 6780 then enter Meeting ID followed by the hash key:
460 759 7958  #

Otherwise, we will be in touch with updates for us as alert levels change. Keep safe, look out for each other and have a great weekend.

Regards,
The St Aidan’s Team

Glen – 0274 574105
Louise – 0274484467

3 September 2020

Hello Church Family,

This email is mostly to share with you the below video update of a few things happening around the church at the moment. We are locked down but not out, so hope you enjoy!

Our Sunday worship, until advised differently, will be online only (now on YouTube!), from Sunday 9:30am, and can be found on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera or on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp1KTUD3GRs20GGAFeAZ7fQ/videos (Make sure to click on the appropriately dated video). We hope you can join us for worship again this Sunday and also jump on the Zoom link below after the service for our Catch up over a Cuppa event.

Catch up over a Cuppa’ event. 
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4607597958
Meeting ID: 460 759 7958
By phone: Call +64 4 886 0026 then enter Meeting ID followed by the hash key: 460 759 7958  #

Thursday Morning Prayer 
Join us to prayer each Thursday from 9am: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/460759795
Meeting ID: 460 759 7958
By phone: Call +64 9 884 6780 then enter Meeting ID followed by the hash key: 460 759 7958  #

Otherwise, we will be in touch with updates for us as alert levels change. Keep safe, look out for each other and have a great weekend.

Regards,
The St Aidan’s Team

Glen – 0274 574105
Louise – 0274484467

28 August 2020

Hello Church Family,

With some slightly warmer days and spring bulbs appearing, hopefully, you are finding some signs of hope during our most recent lockdown. At midnight on Sunday 30th August, we move to Level 2 lockdown and whilst that allows a much greater freedom of movement for many, the limits on the size of gatherings to 10 continues to have implications for our weekly worship and many of our planned gatherings. Whilst this can be a source of frustration, it is important that people keep safe. We are mindful of a number of church communities in Auckland where COVID has spread in the recent outbreak and our prayers are with them at this time. With the changing Alert Levels to Level 2 on Monday here is what you need to know in terms of St Aidan’s.

Office/Buildings:
The office will resume its usual opening hours as from Monday. If you are wanting to enter any of the buildings you must come via the office so that we know you have either signed in or use the Gov’t COVID Tracer App (QR codes at main entry points). At the end of each day, we will wipe down all touched surfaces. For this reason, in these initial weeks, we won’t have the buildings unlocked, with people needing to come to the office first so we are aware of who has been in what area. A number of people have asked about dropping off food donations for the City Mission – we will have a drop off box in the office for ease of access. We will be back to social distancing, so just be aware if there are a few people in the office speaking to Anne, you may need to wait outside until there is the appropriate space.

Staff:
Glen and Louise will similarly move back on-site as from Monday and along with the staff team are available through the normal means of communication – please get in touch with any questions or issues you have. On Saturday, they will both be ‘attending’ Synod via Zoom along with our synod reps. Synod has been reduced to just one day with many of the business items taken off the agenda for now.

Church Services:
As we said at the start, whilst we move to Level 2 on Monday there are still restrictions on gathering sizes. Until this increases, we will not be able to hold our usual Sunday worship services in our buildings but we may be able to look to hold our Wednesday service in the coming weeks, potentially the first one being on Wednesday 9th Sept. As we readjust into this new level 2, the Wednesday 2nd Sept 11.30 am service will be online only, and this is the same for both Sunday 30th Aug and Sunday 6th Sept worship. We will update you as we hear more details and make appropriate decisions. When we are able to gather together again, it will most certainly be with the various requirements such as contact tracing and social distancing.

Our Sunday worship, until advised differently will be online only (now on You Tube!), from Sunday 9:30am, and can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera or on our You Tube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp1KTUD3GRs20GGAFeAZ7fQ/videos (Make sure to click on the appropriately dated video). We hope you can join us for worship again this Sunday. As things change with Alert Levels, we will be in touch with updates as soon as possible.

Parish Magazine:
Anne and Isobell have been working hard to complete this over lockdown and it is ready for you to read. Huge thanks to them both for pulling this together over trying circumstances and many changing dates. Please note that some of the dates and activities may change, and continue to change due to COVID. We will have just a few hard copies of the magazine available that we will run off ourselves, otherwise, it is available for you to read now electronically here: https://my.flipbookpdf.net/QQLI7 or as a PDF on our website here. Enjoy the opportunity for some great reading before we move down the levels.

Let’s continue to pray that the current situation is resolved quickly and that people are cared for in the process. Hopefully, we will soon be able to move down the levels and be safely be able to gather together again. Please continue to reach out to those you who know who might need support at this time and let us know how you are going.

Regards,
The St Aidan’s Team

Glen – 0274 574105
Louise – 0274484467

21 August 2020

Hello Church Family,

Hope you are all keeping well and looking after each other in our current lockdown situation. Today the Government announced their review of the current Alert level settings, stating that we are tracking well toward the original timeframe of Alert Level 3 being in place until Wednesday 26th August. There was no further information at that stage as to what the Alert level setting would be after that date, therefore the information below is provisional on further details, likely following Monday’s announcement.

Church Services
We will hold both 8am and 9:30am services when Auckland moves to Alert Level 2, potentially August 30th. This will take place with the various requirements such as contract tracing (the Gov’t COVID Tracer App Sign in available onsite now) and social distancing – there may be more requirements but we will update you on this before the services take place.

This Sunday and at Level 3 our worship will be online only (now on YouTube!), from Sunday 9:30am, and can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera Or on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp1KTUD3GRs20GGAFeAZ7fQ/videos (Make sure to click on the appropriately dated video). We hope you can join us for worship again this Sunday.

A reminder that the church buildings will not be accessible until further notice. As things change with Alert levels, we will be in touch with updates as soon as possible.

Other Events
You have likely heard that the General Election 2020 has now been moved to October 17th. Hopefully, that date rang some bells for you – yes, it was the date of our Garage Sale. The GS Committee has met this week to discuss this and we have discussed some preferred rescheduled dates. This is contingent obviously on more details around Alert level changes – we will be in touch with the Parish when we are in a position to confirm the new date. Please continue to hold onto your items for donations in the meantime.

Our St Aidan’s Day celebrations were planned for the 30th of August. However, as an event that includes a shared meal, this can only take place at Level 1 – we will look to mark St Aidan’s day as soon as this is feasible. This Sunday was to be our Youth-led service – we will reschedule this service once we are back in the buildings.

After worship on Sunday, we will open up a Zoom meeting for our ‘Catch up over a Cuppa’ event that we ran the last lockdown. Details below, hope you can join us to touch base with each other.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4607597958
Meeting ID: 460 759 7958
By phone: Call +64 4 886 0026 then enter Meeting ID followed by the hash key: 460 759 7958  #

As usual, Louise and I, along with the staff team are available through the normal means of communication – please get in touch with any questions or issues you have. Let’s pray that the current situation is resolved quickly and that people are cared for in the process. Please reach out to those you who know who might need support at this time and let us know how you are going.

Regards,
The St Aidan’s Team

Glen – 0274 574105
Louise – 0274484467; 09 280 4428

P.S. Some of you may have received an email purportedly from me, asking you to get in touch with me. This is spam and can be deleted. We have reported this to Google and hopefully, it is resolved.

12 August 2020

Hello Church Family,

As you will no doubt be aware Auckland has gone into Alert Level 3 as of 12 noon today. Although it has been stated that this will be in place until Friday midnight, we have decided to make some decisions now about our church services so that we can make alternative arrangements ahead of time.

The decision has been made to run our Sunday worship online only for this Sunday. This will be available from 9:30am on Sunday morning on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera. We hope you can join us for worship. The church buildings will not be accessible until further notice. As things change with Alert levels, we will be in touch with updates as soon as possible.

Prayer Meeting
As you may be aware, we have instituted our regular prayer meeting, Thursdays at 9am. We will run this week’s prayer meeting via Zoom and encourage all who can, to join us in praying for our community. The meeting will run for around 20 minutes and with the Zoom controls, feel free to phone in or join with or without your video or microphone. It would be great to join together in prayer at this time.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/460759795
If you already have Zoom installed, enter the meeting ID to join: 460 759 7958
For the phone – +64 9 884 6780. Enter Meeting ID followed by the hash key: 460 759 7958  #

As usual, Louise and I, along with the staff team are available through the normal means of communication – please get in touch with any questions or issues you have. Let’s pray that the current situation is resolved quickly and that people are cared for in the process. Please reach out to those you who know who might need support at this time and let us know how you are going.

Regards,
The St Aidan’s Team

Glen – 0274 574105
Louise – 0274484467; 09 280 4428

Facebook info
‘Follow’ St Aidan’s Remuera on Facebook, turn on Notifications for when we go live (https://www.facebook.com/help/299284303519326?helpref=about_content) and encourage others to do the same. Get in touch with the office if you are struggling and we can help. https://www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera/

18 July 2020

Please note, we are still Live Streaming our 9:30am Sunday service over on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera/), but are no longer uploading it to the website for viewing afterwards. Please contact us if you are having trouble viewing it on Facebook.

11 June 2020

Hello Church Family,

What fantastic news that we are now at Level 1! This means there are no now restrictions in place on our Sunday services and all church-related activities. There may be some strangeness around this as we perhaps shake hands for the first time and this email has some details around continuing to take care as we gather including the Government’s Ten Golden Rules for Level 1 which you may have seen. Contract tracing is no longer a requirement but it is recommended to keep a track of your movements. We are in touch with the Diocese as it works on providing QR codes for the Gov’t COVID tracer app and you may see those this Sunday.

So we look forward to some congregational singing this week, communion in both forms, catching up over a tea & coffee following the service, among other things. We will be mindful of those who would prefer to ease into some of these elements so please feel free to engage in various elements of the service as you are comfortable. Receiving communion in one kind continues to be an option (along with grape juice in individual cups) and exercising caution with contact may be an ongoing consideration for some. This will be a matter of being a little more conscious of one another during the service, giving space where needed.

Facebook
Remember if you are at high risk of severe illness or have any cold or flu-like symptoms, please stay at home – you can join us online at 9:30am via the Facebook Live Stream.

Worship Roster
We will now be following our monthly worship roster again – if you are unable to fulfil your role please arrange a replacement and be in touch with the liturgist for the day about the swap. If you are unable to find a replacement, get in touch with the office as soon as possible.

We will continue to build up to full steam again and on that note we are looking forward to having Antoinette Pope our organist back with us from Sunday 21st June. We also are excited about + Ross being with us at the 9:30am service on that Sunday as well.

We are now also beginning to look ahead and to the various activities and events that may need some rescheduling. We will be in touch soon with more info on that. We also don’t want to lose some of the positive learnings and experiences that have come out of lockdown as well as the opportunities that exist for the church to be Christ’s hands and feet in this new context. We have an opportunity now to identify some of these learnings and to think through what we would like to see be a part of the return to normal life. We will look to discuss this in various contexts as a church community but get in touch if you have any thoughts in that area.

Otherwise, looking forward to gathering again this Sunday – get in touch if you have any queries and see below for the Golden Rules of Level 1

Regards,
The St Aidan’s Team

Glen – 0274 574105
Louise – 0274484467; 09 280 4428

The Government has set Ten Golden Rules for Level 1 as follows, so please be familiar with them.

  1. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  2. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  3. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  4. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  6. If you’re concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  7. Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  8. Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  9. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
  10. People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

Facebook info
‘Follow’ St Aidan’s Remuera on Facebook, turn on Notifications for when we go live. Instructions for how to do that can be found here. Encourage others to do the same. Get in touch with the office if you are struggling and we can help.

4 June 2020

Hello Church Family,

Just a quick touch base for this Sunday’s worship – we are looking forward to getting together again in the church buildings and online via our Facebook page. Thanks to those who helped out with the service last week for our first time back and for all who came and went along with the changes.

Both our 8am and 9:30am services will run the same as they did last week, following gathering directives from the Government and keeping things relatively simple until we hear further news about a change in alert levels. We encourage you, if you are able, to consider coming to the 8am service to help balance numbers. We will be monitoring our numbers on Sunday in order to comply with the 100 person cap on gatherings.

Remember if you are at high risk of severe illness or have any cold or flu like symptoms, please stay at home – you can join us online at 9:30am via the Facebook Live Stream https://www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera/

Worship Roster
We are beginning again to follow our monthly worship roster but getting people to fill in where needed – there is no pressure to take up your role if you would prefer to stay away at the moment. Talking about roles, here’s a behind the scenes video of how we are live streaming our services at the moment – https://www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera/videos/733618644041990/

If you would like to resume your Sunday rostered roles or get involved in some way, please get in touch with Anne to let her know your availability. Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you Sunday.

Regards,
The St Aidan’s Team

29 May 2020

Hello Church Family,

We are looking forward to being back in the building for worship this Sunday and meeting together for the first time in over 2 months. Livestreaming of the service will continue (9:30am) so you can still join from afar and celebrate the birth of the church and the presence of the Spirit among us.

This email outlines the procedures for coming to either of our two services on Sunday in order to comply with Government regulations of hygiene and physical distancing. For a video ‘walk through’ of what will happen when you arrive at church, check out this post on our Facebook page –https://www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera/videos/678670136249589/

We will have both the 8am and 9:30am services but we encourage you, if you are able, to consider coming to the 8am service to help balance numbers. We will be monitoring our numbers on Sunday in order to comply with the 100 person cap on gatherings.

Remember if you are at high risk of severe illness or have any cold or flu like symptoms, please stay away – you can join us online at 9:30am via the Facebook livestream https://www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera/

Upon arrival
When you first arrive you will need to either check in via the QR code outside the main doors to the Gathering Area or with Anne Godman who will be inside  – she will ask you for your last name and check you off. Then head directly into church and find a seat.

  • Doors will remain open to lessen contact (we will put the heaters on before you arrive)
  • Please maintain physical distancing of 1 metre at all times
  • Every second pew is to be used to maintain distance and most of the seating with be 3 people per pew unless you are a family group. Please read the signs on the pews as you enter
  • The collection box will be inside the church for your giving – bags will not be passed around during the service
  • Children sit with their family groups until they are directed to their programmes

During the service
Unfortunately, we are not able to have any signing during the service but we will share communion together. We won’t have prayer ministry in the usual form (during communion in the Ladies Chapel) but there will be a box in that space for prayer requests that you may have. Bring a pen to write those down.

  • Sharing the peace will take place from your pews – a chance to practice your peace-like facial expressions…
  • Communion will be bread only and there will be specific directions as to how to come forward.

After the service
We won’t be serving tea and coffee following the service at this time and the kitchen will be closed. As you leave be careful of physical distancing and please avoid congregating in thoroughfares – allow room for each other to exit.

A small note on the service in general – with the Covid-19 restrictions elements of the service will be changed for the next four weeks at least. Sunday worship will be a simple communion service. This is for a short period so please extend grace to one another, grace as the service might not be what you would like, grace as we follow the restriction in place to keep people safe.

And finally, remember to wear some red!
‘When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place.’ Acts 2:1

Regards,
The St Aidan’s Team

28 May 2020

We are back in the building for our 8am and 9:30am services, but things will be a little different. Here’s a ‘walk through’ of how it’s going to work coming to worship this Sunday.

26 May 2020

Hello Church Family,

Hopefully, you have heard the news that at noon this Friday (29th May) gatherings can be held with up to 100 people. This email is to let you know that we will be running our two services this Sunday at St Aidan’s Church – although there are still restrictions to adhere to, this is great news.

By Friday we will send out another email (contact us if you are reading this on the website and would like to be added to our mailing list) with all the details of how the services will run and what will be required for those of you who are planning to attend. Please read this carefully as there will be specific instructions around how we will adhere to the hygiene and physical distancing regulations. If you are on the Worship Roster and have previously stated you could fulfil your usual Sunday role, Anne will be in touch with you in a separate email about your availability.

If you are at high risk of severe illness or you are sick, please stay at homeOur 9:30am service will continue to be Live Streamed throughout this time so you are able to join in on Sunday.  You might consider joining with others in smaller gatherings in homes in order to participate in the service together.

Initial discussions were had at the beginning of Alert Level 2 around the ability of regular groups to start up again. For all church-related groups, please speak to Glen or Louise about when and how your group will operate following Friday 29th May.

Below is a repeat of some of the information sent out last week – our service livestream details, Thursday Zoom catch up, and church buildings being accessible. You can now access areas of the church for cleaning and any other work that you would like to get done. Get in touch with Anne if you are planning to come in.

Otherwise, you will hear from us before Friday – please get in touch via email or phone with any questions or issues.

Buildings Open, following regulations
From today (Monday 18th May) the church office will be open from 9am to 3:30pm. All other areas of the church will be locked. Anyone needing access to church buildings must check in at the office and register:

  • Upon arrival, connect with Anne in the office to record contract tracing details. Only two people are allowed in the office at a time so please wait outside (marked spots on pavement).
  • Maintain physical distancing
  • Use hand sanitiser available and wash hands after you leave.
  • Stay away if you are sick.

Livestream on Facebook will continue
We are aware that some of our parishioners will continue to stay away even as restrictions are lessened, so Live Streams will continue even when services recommence on site. Prior to the pandemic, investigations into upgrading our video hardware for live stream capability in the church were underway – we look forward to continuing that when we get back in.

Continue to join our online worship services through Facebook on Wednesdays (11:30am) and Sundays (9:30am). Turn on notifications for St Aidan’s in Facebook so you know when we are going live and encourage others to do the same (details below).

Thursday Catch Up
Remember our Thursday Catch up over a Coffee via Zoom, 11am this Thursday – would love to see you. Click the link and it will join you automatically from there:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4607597958
(this is the same link for Sunday Catch up after the service)

If you already have Zoom installed, enter this meeting ID to join: 460 759 7958
For the phone – +64 9 884 6780
Enter Meeting ID followed by the hash key: 460 759 7958

Facebook info
‘Follow’ St Aidan’s Remuera on Facebook, turn on Notifications for when we go live (https://www.facebook.com/help/299284303519326?helpref=about_content) and encourage others to do the same. Get in touch with the office if you are struggling and we can help.
https://www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera/

Regards,
The St Aidan’s Team

18 May 2020

Hello Church Family,

While we are not yet holding regular worship services on the premises, there are some changes to be aware of.

Buildings Open, following regulations
From today (Monday 18th May) the church office will be open from 9am to 3:30pm. All other areas of the church will be locked. Anyone needing access to church buildings must check-in at the office and register:

  • Upon arrival, connect with Anne in the office to record contract tracing details. Only two people are allowed in the office at a time so please wait outside (marked spots on pavement).
  • Maintain physical distancing
  • Use hand sanitiser available and wash hands after you leave.
  • Stay away if you are sick.

This week we are hoping to limit visits to the essentials of drop-offs or following up with any church-related issues. Next week this will be extended having access to areas of the church for cleaning and any other work that people would like to get done. Get in touch with Anne if you are planning to come in.

Gatherings
We do have clearance to gather in groups of 10 or less. As we said last week, homegroups can meet but this is to be determined in consultation with the group and at the discretion of leaders. Please make sure your group is aware of the public health advice for gatherings – https://covid19.govt.nz/alert-system/alert-level-2/#gatherings-events-and-public-venues

The clergy have been approached about the possibility of holding communion services for groups of 10 at a time. We are open to considering this next week – those that are interested in holding a service would need to firstly organise a group (9 max) and then contact the clergy. We would then work through a plan of how and when the service would run from there. Get in touch with Louise or Glen.
We do hope that the announcement on Monday May 25th will include an increase in possible gathering sizes and we are able to run something like our regular church worship on site We will be in touch via this email after that announcement is made. As we heard from Louise on Sunday, let’s be patient and continue to support each other in the current situation we are in.

Livestream on Facebook will continue
Throughout all alert levels, we will livestream our worship services in the format we have down during lockdown. We are aware that some of our parishioners will continue to stay away even as restrictions are lessened, so livestreams will continue even when services recommence on site. Prior to the pandemic, investigations into upgrading our video hardware for live stream capability in the church were underway – we look forward to continuing that when we get back in.
Continue to join our online worship services through Facebook on Wednesdays (11:30am) and Sundays (9:30am). Turn on notifications for St Aidan’s in Facebook so you know when we are going live and encourage others to do the same (details below).

Thursday Catch Up
Remember our Thursday Catch up over a Coffee via Zoom, 11am this Thursday – would love to see you. Click the link and it will join you automatically from there:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4607597958
 (this is the same link for Sunday Catch up after the service)

If you already have Zoom installed, enter this meeting ID to join: 460 759 7958
For the phone – +64 9 884 6780
Enter Meeting ID followed by the hash key: 460 759 7958

Please get in touch via email or phone with any questions or issues

Regards,
The St Aidan’s Team

Glen – 0274 574105
Louise – 0274484467; 09 280 4428

Facebook info
‘Follow’ St Aidan’s Remuera on Facebook, turn on Notifications for when we go live (https://www.facebook.com/help/299284303519326?helpref=about_content) and encourage others to do the same. Get in touch with the office if you are struggling and we can help.
https://www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera/

12 May 2020

Hello Church Family,

Hopefully, you have been able to keep up with the latest information on the Alert level changes and what life at Level Two will look like. The country will move to Alert Level Two on Thursday and under the parameters that were announced as part of that move, Sunday worship on the St Aidan’s premise will not take place until further Government advice which is scheduled to be announced on Monday 25th May.

No Physical Church yet but…
However, some features of church life will be able to begin and others to continue. Staff will be allowed to return to the office, gatherings of up to 10 people are able to take place and Wednesday and Sunday worship will continue online. This is possible while adhering to public health measures  – high personal hygiene, physical distancing of 1 metre, meeting together for no longer than 2 hours, contact tracing.

  • Homegroups can begin again as long as the group is no bigger than 10. It is up to the homegroup leader’s discernment as to when their particular group will resume and how it will run. The church Gathering Area can be made available upon request for meetings under certain conditions – get in touch with the office for details.
  •  The church office will be open from Monday 18th, again following public health advice. If you need to come to church please be prepared to follow the protocols that will be in place.
  • Staff will be available for person-to-person meetings and pastoral visits, again under restrictions.
  • Continue to join our online worship services through Facebook. Get in touch with the office if you are struggling with this and we can help.
    ‘Follow’ St Aidan’s Remuera on Facebook, turn on Notifications for when we go live (https://www.facebook.com/help/299284303519326?helpref=about_content) and encourage others to do the same – we will continue to Live stream our services and other events in the future. https://www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera/

More freedom/Stay safe
Going to Alert Level Two on Thursday does give us more freedom and a chance to reconnect with friends and family. Hopefully, this will bring much-needed relief and help us through until the further easing up of restrictions and for when we can meet together again as a wider church family. Please continue to observe 2m distancing in public, keep it to under 10 people and keep in mind your movements and the contacts you have.

Looking Ahead
Thank you for filling in our survey around attendance – this helps us with our planning for when we resume our services. We will keep you posted with any developments in the information of what we will be doing as a church community under Level Two restrictions – keep an eye out on your inbox.

Thursday Catch Up
Remember our Thursday Catch up over a Coffee via Zoom, 11am this Thursday – would love to see you. Click the link and it will join you automatically from there:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4607597958
(this is the same link for Sunday Catch up after the service)
If you already have Zoom installed, enter this meeting ID to join: 460 759 7958
For the phone – +64 9 884 6780
Enter Meeting ID followed by the hash key: 460 759 7958

Please get in touch via email or phone with any questions or issues.

Regards,
The St Aidan’s Team

6 May 2020

Hello Church Family,
Hope you are faring well and Level 3 has given you a bit of a break in the weather. Some updates from us below but as always, please do not hesitate to be in touch with the team for further help or support.

Moving Down from Level 3
We wait to hear Monday week whether or not we will move to Alert Level 2. We said last week that Sunday worship at St Aidan’s is able to resume, in a form, at Level 2. When that happens we will email out specific instructions around church attendance which will involve, for example, contact tracing, physical distancing and movement around the church building during services.

Some points to help us with organising this:

  • If you are part of the Sunday Worship roster, a reminder to respond via email with your availability during Level 2 to Anne at office@staidans.co.nz . There is no pressure for you to attend whatsoever, but for our planning please let us know whether you will attend or not as soon as you can.
  • The Government information has been that those who are at high risk of severe illness (the elderly and those with existing medical conditions) are encouraged to stay home during Level 2. We are encouraging any parishioners in that category to have conversations with family about their attendance. Please fill out this two-question survey, which will let us know what numbers to expect on the Sunday when services recommence.

Giving/Tax Receipts
Thank you to those who have inquired about direct debit giving and have made the transition to that during the time when physical giving is not possible.
Direct payments or giving to the parish can be done via internet banking using the following details:
Bank account: 06-0257-0052666-013
Reference:
– Your Surname
– Initials
– Your giving number (if you do not know you giving number, email Russell at rflorence@xtra.co.nz)You can choose various options including one-off, weekly, monthly, annually etc.

Tax receipts are in the process of being prepared now. As many as possible will be emailed out, hopefully over the next week. For those who receive them by post this will not happen until we are into Level 2.

Zoom Catch Up over a Cuppa, Thursday
Remember our online catch up via Zoom tomorrow morning at 11am, it would be good to see you if you can make it. We will also do the same following our Sunday service – there is no fixed agenda for this, just a chance to catch up in similar fashion to the after-church cuppa on Sundays.

You can do this via your computer (microphone needed to talk) or phone:

  • On your computer: Click here – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4607597958 and you will be prompted to download a program (completely safe). Once you have done this, you should be able to see other people through your screen. We will take it from there.
  • On your mobile phone: Call 0064 9 884 6780 and then enter this number – 460 759 7958 followed by the hash key. This will allow you to talk but not see anyone.

We hope to see you tomorrow.

Please get in touch with any questions or to let us know what’s been happening – would love to hear from you.
Please continue to stay safe and follow all Government restrictions at this time.

If needed, below is information about how to watch our services on Facebook, but otherwise look forward to catching up either tomorrow or for worship on Sunday.

God bless,
The St Aidan’s team

29 April 2020

On Monday 11th May we will hear whether the nation will head from Alert Level 3 to Alert Level 2. At Level 2, Covid-19 is contained but the risk of community transmission remains. This email is to outline generally what the Alert Level change will look like for us at St Aidan’s and some information gathering steps to help us plan and prepare for that change.
At Alert level 2 our church buildings will be open for worship, gatherings and for staff to work, all under particular conditions:

  • Church services and gatherings must be kept to under 100 people
  • Physical distancing of one metre must be maintained and contact tracing must take place
  • Communion can be offered in one kind (ie the bread only)
  • Thorough cleaning of surfaces along with other precautions to prevent transmission from taking place
  • People at high risk of severe illness (older people and those with existing medical conditions) are encouraged to stay at home.

The St Aidan’s staff team are developing plans to meet these requirements so that our Wednesday and Sunday worship services can start again following the announcement of the Alert level change – specific details for this will be given closer to the time.
On the last bullet point, we encourage our older parishioners and those with medical conditions to have a discussion with family or friends (or the clergy if alone) and then contact us to let us know if you plan to attend. We will continue to live stream our Sunday Worship service throughout Level 2 (and likely into the future) for those not able to attend.

For all those on rosters, we will be emailing the various teams to ask whether you are planning to attend Sunday worship and carry out your role. Please, if you are on a roster there is no requirement to attend, we simply need information on who would be available so we can organise services.

For ministry leaders, we will be in touch with you directly but you might be able to check the bullet point list above and begin to think through whether it would be possible to restart your particular ministry in Level 2. People will need to be given the option of ‘opting out’ and that will need to be taken into consideration for the feasibility of ministries starting up again.

There is more finer detail to this Alert level change and what is means for us which isn’t needed for general church attendance – if you have any particular queries not covered here, please get in touch with Glen or Louise as soon as you can.

Zoom Catch Up over a Cuppa, Thursday
Remember our online catch up via Zoom tomorrow morning at 11am, it would be good to see you if you can make it. We will also do the same following our Sunday service – there is no fixed agenda for this, just a chance to catch up, similar to the after-church cuppa on Sundays.

You can do this via your computer (microphone needed to talk) or phone:

  • On your computer: Click here – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4607597958 and you will be prompted to download a program (completely safe). Once you have done this, you should be able to see other people through your screen. We will take it from there.
  • On your mobile phone: Call 0064 9 884 6780 and then enter this number – 460 759 7958 followed by the hash key. This will allow you to talk but not see anyone.

We hope to see you tomorrow

Please get in touch with any questions or to let us know what’s been happening – would love to hear from you.
Please continue to stay safe and follow all Government restrictions at this time.

If needed, below is information about how to watch our services on Facebook, but otherwise look forward to catching up either tomorrow or for worship on Sunday.

God bless,
The St Aidan’s team

23 April 2020

The Government has announced New Zealand will move out of Alert Level 4 lockdown at 11.59pm on Monday 27 April. At Alert level 3 our church buildings still remain closed and we continue to be running services offsite and via our Facebook page and then later on our website here…Please get in touch with Glen or Louise for any pastoral or church-related issues or Anne (office@staidans.co.nz) for any administrative issues. We will update this page as we move closer to an announcement of the transition to Alert Level 2.

22 April 2020

Hello Church Family,

We hope you are well, staying safe and healthy and positive. It was a bit of a boost to hear the PM’s announcement on Monday that the alert level will be dropping on Monday 26th, albeit with similar conditions for most. Bishop Ross has released a Guideline document for parishes which outlines what ministry and worship will look like at each of the 4 Alert levels. For us as a worshipping community we continue in our current format at Alert level 3 and it is not until we go down to Level 2 that there will begin to be significant changes. As we get closer to a change from Alert level 3 to 2, we will let you know how our church services in particular will operate but broadly speaking it will be much like how our last service ran before full lockdown.

Zoom Catch Up
With the success of our online ‘Catch up over a Cuppa’ meeting, we will meet again tomorrow morning at 11am and after the service on SundayThis will be via Zoom, an online video conferencing platform and it is a chance to check in and and see how we are all going and ask any questions you might have. You can do this via your computer (microphone needed to talk) or phone and will be from 11am on Thursday and immediately following the service on Sunday.

Facebook Livestream
It has been great to see people coming online for our Wednesday and Sunday worship services. We have heard some are finding it difficult to find.
If that is you, please get in touch with either myself, Louise or Anne (or a young person in your family!) and we can talk you through it.
The services are live on this page – https://www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera/

  • click on the blue underlined text above just before the time of the service (Wed – 11:30am; Sun – 9:30am).
  • Go down the page till you see this image
  • Wait until the service starts. If you are late, the video would have already begun.
  • If you miss the service at 9:30am, you can click here to see all videos there have been. The latest will go up sometime after each livestream https://www.staidans.co.nz/live-streams/

Also remember our daily live stream, ‘Thankfulness and getting through lockdown’, on at 9:30am. This will likely end this week but you can also join us for Mainly Music each Wednesday from 0:30am

Celebrations
Please be in touch with us with news and/or photos of your set ups and how you are filling your time – we love to see how people are getting on.
Otherwise, please make use of the ‘Catch up for Cuppa’ times and we will hopefully see you Sunday

God Bless,
The St Aidan’s Team

15 April 2020

Hello Church Family,

I hope this finds you well and you are continuing to find ways to occupy your time and/or variety and balance. As we head towards the deadline for an update on our current lockdown situation we will all be wondering what the next little while will look like. In terms of church life, we have heard from + Ross and he is in discussion with the other dioceses as to what common principles can be agreed to when a step-down begins. Worship in the current online format may continue for some time yet even if there is a lowering of the alert level next week. As soon as we hear more we will be in touch with you.

Catch Up
We are continuing to think of ways to develop our online services and to stay connected. Tomorrow morning at 11am we are going to offer an online ‘Catch up over a cuppa’ meeting for anyone from the church community. This will be via a program called Zoom and it is a chance to check in and see how we are all going and ask any questions you might have. Bring your computer or phone and your coffee – Louise and I will be there from 11 to 11:30am and happy to answer any questions you have as well.
Here’s the details:

  • On your computer: Click here – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89350888624and you will be prompted to download a program (completely safe). Once you have done this, you should be able to see other people through your screen. We will take it from there.
  • On your mobile phone: Call 00644 886 0026 and then enter this number – 893 5088 8624# This will allow you to talk but not see anyone.

We hope to see you tomorrow

Other News
You can view the flip book version here – “The Apostle – Easter 2020”
Or on our website here – www.staidans.co.nz/magazines/

Online Services
Remember our daily live stream, ‘Thankfulness and getting through lockdown’, on at 9:30am each morning, except Wednesday when we will be running our Mainly Music program.
Also Wednesday 11:30am for our short worship service and Sunday 9:30am

That’s all for now – look forward to seeing you tomorrow if you can make it, otherwise on Sunday morning for worship. Please be in touch with any prayer requests or just to have a chat.

God Bless,
The St Aidan’s Team

9 April 2020

Hello Church Family,

I hope this finds you well and you are continuing to find ways to occupy your time and/or variety and balance. As we head towards the deadline for an update on our current lockdown situation we will all be wondering what the next little while will look like. In terms of church life, we have heard from + Ross and he is in discussion with the other dioceses as to what common principles can be agreed to when a step-down begins. Worship in the current  online format may continue for some time yet even if there is a lowering of the alert level next week. As soon as we hear more we will be in touch with you.

Catch Up
We are continuing to think of ways to develop our online services and to stay connected. Tomorrow morning at 11am we are going to offer an online ‘Catch up over a cuppa’ meeting for anyone from the church community. This will be via a program called Zoom and it is a chance to check in and and see how we are all going and ask any questions you might have. Bring your computer or phone and your coffee – Louise and I will be there from 11 to 11:30am and happy to answer any questions you have as well.
Here’s the details:

  • On your computer: Click here – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89350888624and you will be prompted to download a program (completely safe). Once you have done this, you should be able to see other people through your screen. We will take it from there.
  • On your mobile phone: Call 00644 886 0026 and then enter this number – 893 5088 8624# This will allow you to talk but not see anyone.

We hope to see you tomorrow

Other News
You can view the flip book version here – “The Apostle – Easter 2020”
Or on our website here – www.staidans.co.nz/magazines/

Online Services
Remember our daily live stream, ‘Thankfulness and getting through lockdown’, on at 9:30am each morning, except Wednesday when we will be running our Mainly Music program.
Also Wednesday 11:30am for our short worship service and Sunday 9:30am

That’s all for now – look forward to seeing you tomorrow if you can make it, otherwise on Sunday morning for worship. Please be in touch with any prayer requests or just to have a chat.

God Bless,
The St Aidan’s Team

5 April 2020

Hello Church Family,

Just a quick email following our technical issues this morning. We are currently looking into what went wrong which prevented us streaming our service as planned. Whatever happens going forward, we will still bring you our services on Facebook  (didn’t Louise do a fantastic job and in the moment!) https://www.facebook.com/StAidansRemuera/ and our services will also be posted on the St Aidan’s website here – https://www.staidans.co.nz/live-streams/ . See below for a reminder of our service schedule for Holy Week.

Also, on our website are photos of Palm crosses made by some from St Aidan’s over the week – thank you to those who sent them in – http://www.staidans.co.nz/news-and-announcements/
We will look to share various things there and on our Facebook page so remember to check in.

Holy Week and Easter Weekend services

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 7pm – Reflective Service
Thursday 7pm – Maundy Thursday Service
Good Friday 9:30am – Reflections on the Cross
Easter Sunday 9:30am – Resurrection

Remember our daily live stream, ‘Thankfulness and getting through lockdown’, on at 9:30am each morning, except Wednesday when we will be running our Mainly Music program.

We look forward to connecting with you over this week and hope you are continuing to remain healthy and safe.

God Bless,
The St Aidan’s Team

1 April 2020

Hello Church Family,

Well, we are now into the second week of lockdown (Day 7 today) and I hope people have been finding something of a routine or rhythm that is working. Walking has probably hit an all time high and we are lucky that we are in Autumn and not in the deeps of Winter. For us at St Aidan’s, we are continuing to develop and look ahead to what we are doing but hopefully also finding a pattern as well. Part of this is our online services and I hope you have been able to access those – please call us if you are having difficulty and remember the text in this email that is blue and underlined can be clicked on and will lead you straight to the page in question.
The other rhythm we are hoping to develop is regular contact through this email, along with the phone calls and emails that we know are taking place. It is our plan to email each Wednesday with some updates and reminders for you of what is happening so look out for that each week.

Some updates:

  • Palm Sunday – We are hoping that people will be able to make Palm Crosses at home following the video instructions below which we will bless from afar during this Sunday’s live stream service. If you are able to take a photo of you making your palm cross or the finished product and email that to Glen (glen@staidans.co.nz) we would like to share these on Sunday.
    Click this link to watch a short video tutorial on how to make your own Palm Cross at home – if there is no palm tree in your garden, you can make the Palm Cross using paper.https://youtu.be/nGEhbMkJoLE
  • Easter – Louise and I are developing services for over Holy Week and at the moment we are looking to replicate all our usual services, online. This would inlcude short reflective services for Monday to Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday services. We will be in touch with more details.
  • City Mission – without the ability to receive goods from the regular donators such as churches, Auckland City Mission is in desperate need of resources.  If you are able to give financially, visit org.nz and press the Donate button or through online banking to the Mission’s bank account 12 3011 0520064 00.
    Bishop Ross has also been in touch with Chris Farrelly, the City Missioner, who has a specific request for qualified social workers or similar professionals to consider assisting in the staffing of some inner-city hostel premises the Government has provided for the homeless at this time. Anyone who fits this profile and feels a call to assist in this urgent ministry is asked please to call the Mission’s GM of social services, Helen Robinson, 027 286 4944.

Some reminders:

  • Live Stream – We are running a number of services through our Facebook page.
  1. Click this link (see full schedule below) – http://facebook.com/StAidansRemuera
  2. If you have a Facebook account, scroll down until you see the video playing
  3. If you do not have a Facebook account, you may be prompted to create an account – if you do not wish to join, simply find the place that says ‘Not now’ and click that. Then scroll down the page until you see the video playing.
    All of our live stream videos will be on our website after the live service has finished. Click here to view them – http://www.staidans.co.nz/live-streams/
    If you are having trouble, please contact me – 0274 574 105, glen@staidans.co.nz

Live stream schedule each week:

  • Sunday Worship (based on p404 of the ANZPB) – 9:30am
  • Wednesday Mainly Music – 9:30am
  • Wednesday Service (based on p730 of the ANZPB) – 11:30am
  • 9:30am every other week day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) – ‘Thankfulness and getting through lockdown live stream’

The service sheet for each Sunday will be found here https://www.staidans.co.nz/service-sheets/

We are planning to display the words for the service on the live stream for you to follow

We hope you are well and hope you can join us on Sunday for worship. Please be in touch – we love to hear from you and we are here, as usual, to support and journey with you in our shared faith.

God Bless,
The St Aidan’s Team

29 March 2020

Hi everyone,

We wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to everyone now that we have had the second of our online Church services.  It was wonderful to join with so many of you this morning via the live Facebook feed.  We felt a lot more connected with Glen, Louise, and everyone of you than we had expected to be, and are thankful that God facilitates that special connection between us.

Times are definitely different and the change has come upon us very suddenly.  We are very grateful for and impressed with how quickly Glen, Louise, and all our wonderful parish staff have adapted to the new environment to ensure we can remain connected, albeit in a different form.

We are using our Facebook page to live stream our 9.30am Sunday and 11.30am Wednesday services.  The feedback from last Sunday’s live stream was incredibly positive and it is a great way to retain some continuity of connection with our Church family at this time of isolation.  In addition to these services, Glen and Sarah are continuing Mainly Music via live stream at 9.30am on Wednesdays.  Even if you’re not the ‘target audience’ we warmly encourage you to check-in on-line.  It is a great opportunity to get some further insight into one of our key areas of ministry and the live-stream comments from parents are truly uplifting.  Finally, there are also thankfulness live stream sessions at 9.30am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  No shortage of opportunities for people to engage via Facebook!

That said, we are also conscious that some of our parishioners do not have access to the necessary technology platforms to take up these on-line opportunities for connection.  More traditional phone-based connection is therefore vital.  We are very appreciative for the great work being undertaken by our 42 grapevine callers that are making contact with all parishioners, thank you so much to you all, you are truly making a difference for people.

If you, or someone you know, have specific needs that are not being met, or you simply need someone to chat with, please contact either Glen, Louise, James, or Juli.

While so much is changing in our daily lives, one thing that remains a constant is the cost of maintaining our Church operations. So many of our costs are fixed in nature and we incur these whether or not we are meeting in person on Sundays.  With no Sunday services at this time, our traditional envelope-based giving is naturally disrupted.  It represents over 40% of our regular giving and is therefore a vital source of funds, especially when our hall hire income has also been removed.  We please ask that those that use envelopes, consider moving to automatic payments at this time.  The bank account number is 06-0257-0052666-13.  Please put your giving number (as printed on your envelopes) in the reference box when you set up your automatic payment and you will receive a receipt at the end of the financial year that you can use for tax refund purposes.  If you need any further assistance setting this up, please contact Anne on email at office@staidans.co.nz .  Your assistance with this is greatly appreciated.

At this time it is a real blessing that we all have the St Aidan’s community to draw on.  Please do not hesitate to make your needs known at this time as there are so many that are only too happy to help out.  Equally, if you have ideas on how we can assist one another at this time, please share your ideas and we will see what can be put into action.

During this period of isolation, we do ask that our regular Church cleaning, gardening and mowing teams stand down from their duties.  We will need to arrange a working bee at the end of this time to get on top everything but it is important that we do not seek to carry on these tasks at this time – they are not essential services, as much as we might like our Church property to look its best!

Please take good care of yourselves.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this time.

God bless,
Juli and James

27 March 2020

Firstly, an apology – it was my hope to be in touch with you all a lot sooner but I wanted to share with you, in a single email, as much that is going on as I could and not fill up your inboxes.
This is a difficult time and I hope you are finding ways to keep your spirits up, looking after yourself and those you may be locked down with.For the immediate future – we are live streaming Sunday worship services at 9:30am each Sunday, beginning this Sunday. Details below of how you can join in. Updates:

  • Pastoral Care – We have got our grapevine ringing list in action, and hopefully someone has rung you in the last week from church, checking on your contact details, seeing how you are and if you have received the recent emails with our updates. We have 42 parishioners who are grapevine ringers as we endeavour to make sure we stay connected.
    If you have not received a call and are one of our regular parishioners, perhaps you are not on our system or we have incorrect details so please contact Anne or Louise via email (Anne: office@staidans.co.nz, Louise: louise@staidans.co.nz) or give Louise a call 0274484467 or 09 2804428.
  • Staff team – all our staff continue to work, albeit from home, and have already begun to carry out their plans for ‘church during lockdown’. Conor has been in contact with the Youth families and has some creative ways of connecting over this period. Sarah (along with me)) has run our first Mainly music live stream session on Wednesday, begun a ‘Thankfulness and getting through lockdown’ daily live stream and is looking into resources for the Kids for Sunday worship. Anne is working from home on various administrative tasks and Isobell has been updating our website and Facebook and generally assisting with the increased reliance on online tools. Louise and I have been working in different ways to keep us operating as a worshipping community by distance.  The staff have been amazing over this period and I am very grateful for such a fantastic team.
  • Live Stream – We are running a number of services through our Facebook page.
    1. Click this link (see full schedule below) – http://facebook.com/StAidansRemuera
    2. If you have a Facebook account, scroll down until you see the video playing
    3. If you do not have a Facebook account, you may be prompted to create an account – find the place that says ‘Not now’ and click that. Then scroll down the page until you see the video playing.
  • All of our live stream videos will be on our website after the live service has finished. Click here to view them – http://www.staidans.co.nz/live-streams/
  • If you are having trouble, please contact me – 0274 574 105, glen@staidans.co.nz

Live stream schedule each week:

  • Sunday Worship (based on p404 of the ANZPB) – 9:30am
  • Wednesday Mainly Music – 9:30am
  • Wednesday Service (based on p730 of the ANZPB) – 11:30am
  • 9:30am every other week day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) – ‘Thankfulness and getting through lockdown live stream’

The service sheet for this Sunday can be found here – https://www.staidans.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Sunday-Worship-29-March-live-streamed.pdf.

We are planning to display the words for the service on the live stream for you to follow

This time of transition has been busy and difficult and we are still in development mode – any feedback on our live stream services and anything else we could be doing would be much appreciated.

We very much hope you can join us on Sunday for worship and please be in touch – we are here, as usual, to support and journey with you in our shared faith.

God Bless,
The St Aidan’s Team

23 March 2020

Following the latest update from the Government regarding the Covid-19 alert level moving from Level 3 to Level 4 over the next 48 hours, our church buildings (including the office) will be closed to comply with this and all our in-person activities are suspended until further notice. If you need access to the building (before Wednesday 5pm) please call Glen or Louise. Although now working from home, both clergy, along with staff, remain contactable through email and phone so please be in touch with us.

  • The Wardens and Clergy are meeting tomorrow morning (online) and we will be in touch regarding plans for connecting together as a worshipping community through online means. This will likely be in the form of live streaming non-eucharistic services – check your inbox for details and let us know of any others that would like to connect with us in this way.
  • All essential information and updates from us will be shared via email but we will be using our Facebook page to share what the church as a whole is doing to help people connect and strengthen our faith at this time. You do not have to sign up to Facebook in order to view material – simply click here, ignore the sign up section, and scroll down to the various posts that are there. Contact people who you think may need assistance in setting this up – this will become an essential method for connection over the next few weeks.

Please make sure that you are ready for self-isolation by Midnight Wednesday and put plans in place for going forward. Check with those around you, remember to care for yourself, be in touch via phone calls and online, get outside for a walk each day – we are allowed to do that.

A verse from our worship on Sunday:

‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.’ (Heb 13:8)

You will be in our prayers and I encourage us all to be praying for one another and our community.

Regards,
The St Aidan’s Team

21 March 2020

As you may be aware, the latest update from the Government advises that those at high risk of infection (those over 70, those who have either a compromised immune system or underlying health conditions) are now to remain at home. Our final 8am and 9:30am services this Sunday have been planned with this latest restriction in mind – we appreciate some may be keen to attend tomorrow, but if you fall into this category we do ask that you follow the Government’s advice and remain at home. This advice is given not only with this group in mind, but also for the health and well-being of the wider community.

A recap of our previous information:

  • We will be giving instructions at the beginning of both services on Sunday to maximise the large space we have (i.e. spread out) while still making it possible to participate in gathered worship.
  • If you are at all unwell, please stay home. Get in touch with the church office to let us know: office@staidans.co.nz
  • We would love to know how we can support you during these times – please get in contact with our office: office@staidans.co.nz
  • A reminder that we will be live streaming our 9:30am service on our Facebook page. Click here and you will find the live stream there from 9:30am on Sunday.
  • We will need to turn people away to ensure we comply with the 100 person limit, although we now anticipate this will be unlikely.

The Wardens and Clergy, along with support from Vestry and staff, are meeting regularly to discuss the variety of issues this raises for us as a church community – we will be in touch again soon with information around our other activities as well as how we plan to continue to function as a worshipping community.

Again, continue to support one another and yourselves.

20 March 2020

We have received notice today from our Bishop that this Sunday (22 March) is to be the last Sunday for public worship services in the Diocese until further notice. We will be in touch via Facebook, email and our website to advise of any further updates as we receive them along with information on what church will look like going forward. We will be practicing appropriate hygiene and distancing at this service – if you are able to attend the 8am service, we encourage you to do so. If you are unwell, please stay away (and let us know you are OK). Our prayers are with you all and you will hear from us soon. Be safe.

18 March 2020

We have modified parts of our service and will continue to do as required:

  1. We have been advised to no longer offer wine in the common cup or to use individual cups for communion. So as from Sunday 15th March we offer communion in one kind only, the wafer.
  2. If individuals would rather not take communion, a blessing is available.
  3. Hand sanitizer readily accessible positioned as you enter church and as you move forward for communion.
  4. People have been advised not to shake hands or have direct physical contact during the peace and as people leave. Those instructions have been in place for a number of weeks.

Pastorally – if you are ‘staying away’ we would love you to ‘log’ this with Anne in the office. That way we know you are safe but can also follow up knowing that this is a choice and not because you are unwell. It would be good to know also if you might need any practical support, particularly if you don’t have family in town that might be able to help you out.

If you would like to view our 9:30am Service online we will be live streaming from our Facebook page. There will be other ways to connect with each other and we will continue to consider options for this as the situation develops – we will be in touch.

The Bishop wrote saying, “I urge people in our churches to do their best to adapt to these changing circumstances, and to continue to care well for one another.”

Regards,
The St Aidan’s Team

Health Notice:

Below is a reminder about practicing good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene.

‘This virus is mainly spread through droplets being coughed/sneezed onto people and onto surfaces which if people touch, they can then pick up the virus too. Wash your hands a bit more frequently, preferably with soap and water and for at least 20 seconds (sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice), and make sure you dry them well. Always cough and sneeze away from others and into your elbow rather than your hands. Try to be mindful of how many times you touch your face and try not to. Avoid shaking hands with people.’