Thursday, 2 April 2020

How Clear, How Lovely Bright, poetry for difficult times



A Poem For Difficult Days
A E Housman, How clear, how lovely bright.
Graphics and reading by David Bell

Saturday, 21 March 2020

Live streaming of Service from Takapuna Methodist on 22 March.

Rev Robyn Allen-Gouge from Takapuna Methodist will lead a brief service which will be available online http://takapuna.methodist.org.nz/live-stream from 10am tomorrow Sunday 22nd March. This will continue to be available for viewing.

A prayer from the Methodist Church in Britain

God of all hope we call on you today.
We pray for those who are living in fear:
Fear of illness, fear for loved ones, fear of others reactions to them.
May your Spirit give us a sense of calmness and peace.

We pray
For those needing to make decisions in order to care for others
For those who will feel more isolated by not being able to attend worship.
Grant us your wisdom.
Loving God, we remember that you have promised that
Nothing will separate us from your love demonstrated to us in Jesus Christ.
Help us turn our eyes, hearts and minds to you.

Amen

Grace and peace

Rev David Bush
General Secretary
Methodist Church of New Zealand

Covid-19 Notice to the congregation - 21 March 2020 1.30pm


Dear congregation,

COVID-19 is declared a global pandemic. The situation is evolving rapidly and, in some measure, will impact us all. As a parish community we have a responsibility to work to slow the spread of the virus and protect the health and wellbeing of our people, particularly those most vulnerable to the disease and those with chronic medical condition. As a faith community we want to make every effort to follow the guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health in containing this public health threat. Having carefully considered the advice from the Ministry of Health the Parish Council has agreed to temporarily suspend Sunday worship until further notice. This decision was not made lightly but was made with the wellbeing of our community at heart

Devotional material
Even though services will not be available on Sunday morning you are encouraged to celebrate Sunday in a domestic setting. This might include reading the appointed lectionary text for Sunday, giving thanks for family and friends and praying for those who are affected at this difficult time. You will also receive a weekly reflection based on the lectionary text along with prayers and general parish bulletin.

Let us do our part as a community of faith to respond to this pandemic by implementing the following measures.

General Measures:
        Temporary suspension of Sunday worship
        Temporary suspension of Rest homes communion service
        Cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues
        Put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately
        Wash your hands with soap (for at least 20 seconds)
        Stay home if you are unwell. But, please let us know so we can offer appropriate support and pastoral care.
        Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
        Please call Healthline number for all COVID-19 inquiries: 0800 3585453
        Please visit Ministry of Health website for up to date information: www.health.govt.nz  

Pastoral Care
        Please phone Abhishek or someone in the parish if you want shopping done
        For pastoral support please contact Rhyl, Christine, Alison, Julie,  Abhishek Solomon:  4785107

In the meantime, let us continue to pray for one another, especially the most vulnerable among us.

Blessings
Abhishek Solomon
21March2020 1.30pm