Sadly, in light of the Prime Minister’s address to the nation at lunch time today 21st March, I am announcing that all church services at Holy Trinity Tauranga from tomorrow, 22 March 2020, and the planned Parish Prayer meeting at 4pm tomorrow, are cancelled until further notice. This is something that our Diocese has directed us to do and something that the wardens and I believe we need to do. It is vitally important that we keep all our parishioners as safe as possible and that we follow our government’s advice. N.B. Our ESOL classes on Monday are also cancelled. Furthermore, my hope to keep our buildings open for prayer will need to be reconsidered. Re Lifegroups and other parish groups: please consider how best to keep connected in a way that keeps everyone safe, especially those over 70 and those with medical conditions which mean they need to stay at home.
I suggest that we all do what our Anglican Archbishops in Aotearoa, New Zealand have asked of us all and that is,
“At 7pm local time on Sunday 22 and at 7pm every Sunday that worship services are suspended, please light a candle in your home and pray with and for others.
Pray for your families, your neighbours, our country, and those ill with the virus. Pray for our health professionals and all those on the frontline who are working tirelessly to care for our community. Pray for the lonely and the frightened. Pray for the courage and grace to be a comfort and a light to the world.”
I encourage HTT Parishioners to consider doing this daily.
Please pass this information onto parishioners, you know, who don’t have email or who may not read their emails regularly
• New Zealand moved up to Covid-19 alert level 2 – reduce contact
• New Zealanders over 70 and those with certain medical conditions told to stay at home as much as they can to reduce risk of contact with the virus. There are 528,000 people aged 70-plus in New Zealand
• Workplaces to implement plans to reduce person-to-person contact, including work from home where possible
• Limit all non-essential domestic travel