6th October 2021
Grace and peace to you from God.
This week saw the Government begin to give details of their road map for moving Auckland towards a reduced Alert Level.
In relation to what was announced there is no immediate change to our current protocols for Level 3. The permission for a household to gather outdoors with one other household in order to connect socially does not imply any change in church gatherings unfortunately. There can still be no gatherings for any purpose other than those that are permitted under the dispensations for weddings and funerals.
Essentially it is a ‘waiting game’ at the moment. This makes it frustrating for planning ahead but this our current reality. I will of course communicate with you all if anything changes. I had my 2nd vaccine yesterday so am currently writing this with a sore arm.
I hope that the recent announcement that you can have a ‘picnic’ with another household may give you the opportunity to meet some friends or family for some well needed social time. We hope for good weather!
Just an update on online activities this week. There will be no Study tonight but I will keep you updated about next week. I am still continuing Night Prayer via Facebook on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm. And of course I will be releasing Sunday online worship as usual.
And finally thank you so much for your continued support in so many ways for the Parish of All Saint’s, it is greatly appreciated.
I will leave you with a Collect from the Night Prayer service which we have been using:
Be present, Spirit of God,
within us, your dwelling place and home,
that this house may be one where
all darkness is penetrated by your light,
all troubles calmed by your peace,
all evil redeemed by your love,
all pain transformed in your suffering,
and all dying glorified in your risen life.
The Reverend Jordan Greatbatch
20th September 2021
I hope this finds you and your households well.
As announced today we are moving to Level 3 as of Midnight tomorrow (Tuesday). So just to clarify we will still not be having any services or events for the time being. I will however continue producing the online services, as well as Night Prayer on Facebook and our study and social Zoom meetings.
In regards to our missed social events the Quiz Night was not able to be held in September as hoped. We will look at the possibly of rescheduling this event. We also had to cancel the Evensong service in August. And of course it is now looking highly unlikely that our Church Fair planned for 9th October will go ahead. Vestry will be meeting tomorrow via Zoom so we will look at alternative dates like we did last year when faced with the same issue. When we get to the next announcement for Level 2 we will update you again.
Please keep in touch and especially with those who are on their own. As well as any others you know of who may not be on email.
You all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. We pray for a quick end to this recent lock down, and for the safety and protection of those who work in essential services.
Today in the Church calendar we remembered Bishop John Coleridge, First Bishop of Melanesia and Martyr. His story is one of inspiration and faithfulness, all qualities we need at this time. I will leave you with the Sentence and Collect for his commemoration.
In the day of my distress I will call, O Lord, and surely you will an-swer me. Psalm 86: 7
God of the southern isles and seas, we remember with thanksgiving your servant John Patteson, whose life was taken by those for whom he would freely have given it; grant us the same courage in extending your gospel and readiness to share our life with others, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen
The Reverend Jordan Greatbatch