May 29th, 2020
The new Level 2 restrictions mean that we will now be allowed to meet in groups of up to 100 people. However, we have decided that we will offer an online service this weekend with services resuming as follows:
Thursday 4th June – 10am in St Barnabas Chapel (no eucharist during this service)
Sunday 7th June – 10am Family Service in the church.
We will keep you informed as to when 8am and other services and ministries will resume. This will be influenced by the availability of assistants and the installation of the new organ.
Our intention is that there will be a live recording of the 10am services available on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/nativitychurchblenheim from 10am each week until level 1. We will make a copy of these services available on the church website at some stage during the following week. The diocese encourages those who are over 70, and/or have health issues that may cause them to be more susceptible to the symptoms of COVID-19 (or other illness,) to stay at home until this level. ALL are welcome to attend if they wish.
Please note the live streaming will be a new experience for us all so please be patient if there are technical issues.
HOW THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT DURING LEVEL TWO
HEALTH & SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
The church will be adhering to strict cleaning and contact tracing rules and ask that all who visit the buildings follow Health and Safety protocols as directed by volunteers.
All people entering the building will be ‘checked in’ using our Breeze Church Management App. Anyone who is unwell is not permitted to enter the building.
Hand sanitiser is available at all entry points to the building. Disinfectant spray will be located in each toilet with instructions for people who use the facilities on how to disinfect the area following use.
We will have two entry points to the buildings for all people – the main entrance and via the ramp for those with disabilities that prevent them from using the stairs. At these points we will have sanitiser available that all people entering the building must use.
All people are required to sit in family groups and be positioned at least 1m away from the nearest family group. Greeters will be required to remind people about this arrangement and welcomers will cast an eye about the church to ensure people are following this plan.
1. Must remain distanced 1m apart in a single row of no more that 12 people.
2. Music and microphones should not be shared
3. Anyone over 70 years old or with underlying health conditions should delay their return.
During Level 2, Nativity will not be running children’s programmes and therefore children in attendance will be required to sit in with their families during the service. Activity sheets and colouring pens will be available for children to collect at the beginning of the service. All used colouring pens packs will need to be disinfected at the end of the service.
Communion will be set out at the communion table at the beginning of each service. Wafers will be set out on platters and individual cups filled by helpers ahead of each service and following the food preparation protocols. We will have one line for communion with 1m distance markers indicated along the centre aisle. The priest-in-charge will stand behind the table and give the blessing to each person as they collect their wafer and wine. This means that we will not require communion assistants during Level Two, however, I have rostered assistants in the case that we are moved to Level One and can resume more normal communion practices.
There WILL NOT BE COMMUNION at the first Thursday morning eucharist service, but this will be revisited for future.
As per Level Two prior to lockdown we will not be hosting morning tea after the church services but hope to return to this soon. If you are willing to be included on the roster for this in future, please let me know as this is a ministry that is in need of more helpers.
We are finally able to hold our AGM therefore this will be in the church on Monday the 15th of June from 7:30pm. We will be voting for Vestry members this year therefore further information about each of the nominees will be coming soon to help you prayerfully consider this team for the year to come.
The Annual reports are available from the office if you did not get one before lockdown and a revised Agenda will be available before Sunday the 14th.
KEEPING IN TOUCH
Just a reminder that all notices and pew sheets are available via out website. If you cannot access them yourself, please ask others to keep you up to date or give us a ring at the office.
"As we negotiate this difficult time of tackling COVID-19 together as a nation, it is also significant to note that in just four months, we will be voting on whether New Zealand should legalise euthanasia / assisted suicide, and legalise cannabis for recreational use. As with COVID-19, these two decisions will greatly impact our society.
We have prepared some resources to help families as they prepare to debate and to vote on these issues:" Family First
These can be viewed via the links below or you are welcome to contact the office for an e-mail or print copy to read and share.
You may also be interested in information on our new Abortion Act. There is currently a petition to have this reviewed.
Dear Church Family
We have had a last-minute change to our service for this week.
We have been invited to join Bishop Steve as he hosts a Nelson Diocese Live service. All are welcome to join us in worship.
From the website, people can watch the livestream, and there are also links provided to go directly to YouTube or Facebook streams.
END OF FINANCIAL YEAR DONATION RECEIPTS
If anyone has not yet received their End of Financial Year Donation Receipt from Nativity, please contact me at email@example.com and I will organise this immediately.
For those of you who provided Nativity with an email address, you should have received yours last Friday evening. Otherwise hard copies have been posted.
And don't forget that the Nativity Staff are available to answer your queries. You can contact us either via email or phone - CONTACT US.
The Nativity Team
HOPE project 2020
Just reminder to you all that the HOPE project pamphlets are not allowed to be delivered to mailboxes or doorsteps under level 3 or 4 (this includes while out for exercise or relaxation)!
If you already have one this does not stop you speaking to your neighbour from a distance and using this as a resource to help you in your conversations. More of these will be available from church when we an return to normal services!
For more information please see the website https://alltogether.co.nz/hopeproject/