As you may have read in the Kumeu Courier the Pohutukawa Singers are coming to St Chad’s in August. Alas the Courier didn’t include the poster which had the concert details! As you will see below the concert is on Sunday 23rd August at 4.00pm with refreshments served afterwards. It should be a very enjoyable afternoon and we hope to see you there.
On Sunday 19th July we celebrated Matariki, the Maori New Year. To the stars of Matariki members of the congregation added their own stars to commemorate loved ones who are no longer with us.
We are delighted to say that we will have our first service back at St Chad’s this Sunday at 10.00am as usual.
There are, of course, lots of changes of which you need to be aware. Please read these as they are very important.
- The cleaners are going in before Sunday to complete a ’sanitising clean’ in preparation for our return.
- The most important thing for all of us is that if anyone is feeling unwell please stay at home.
- We will have an attendance sheet which everyone will need to sign – immediately after having sanitised their hands on arrival. We won’t wear our badges for now.
- The collection plate will be at the back of the Church and we would ask you to place your offerings in it before the service commences. We cannot use our lovely new bags for the moment.
- Readers have been asked to print their readings or bring their own bibles. As we would need to sanitise the microphones and the lectern between readers we are going to ask readers to simply read in a loud voice without the microphone from the front. For now we will have the readings on the screen so everyone can follow them.
- The preacher can use the bible lectern, the liturgist will use the other lectern and the intercessor will read from the front in a loud voice!
- Rather than try and mark which seats can and cannot be used we would ask everyone to leave one chair between their bubble and the next bubble – to the side, to the front and behind! This way couples and family groups can sit together whilst respecting the 1 metre social distancing requirements.
- There will be no singing for now but we plan to include recorded and live music which we hope everyone will sit and enjoy.
- We cannot for now pass the peace in the usual St Chad’s fashion and Carolyn has suggested that we simply respond to the priest and mentally pass it on to everyone else!
- Communion will be in one element only and the presiding priest will take the wine on behalf of everyone. We will direct people to form a single line (1m apart) to receive the wafer, returning to their seats down the side rather than back down the centre aisle. There will be sanitiser available prior to receiving communion. People are asked to extend their arms and hands and the priest will drop the wafer into your hands. Of course we will quite understand that if people prefer not to receive a wafer, they may come up to receive a blessing instead or just remain seated.
- There will be no need for communion servers for now.
- For the time being we will not have morning tea. We would hope to be able to plan this in the near future with ‘restaurant service’ as the current rules require, recognising that it is an important part of our fellowship together.
- The clean up after the service will include wiping down hard surfaces, microphones, if used, and IT equipment.
If you have any questions please come back to us. We hope we have covered everything but, as you can imagine, it is all very different.
This is formal notification that the St Chad’s AGM, which had to be cancelled due to lockdown, has been rescheduled for Sunday 7th June immediately following the 10.00am morning service. This is subject to an easing of the restrictions on the numbers of people who can meet at church.
Colin Newel – Council Chair
Just a quick note to say that with the limit of 10 people at a Church service, St Chad’s will not be reopening for services yet. Some of our smaller user groups will be able to use the buildings provided that they comply with our strict hygiene and traceability requirements. As soon the government eases these restrictions we will notify everyone of our reopening plans.
As it is Palm Sunday we would normally be giving out Palm Crosses at St Chad’s. Circumstances prevent us from doing so, so we thought we should share a ‘do it yourself’ palm cross guide! If you don’t have a palm tree handy we find that a strip of flax leaf works equally well – or even a sheet of paper if you cannot get outside. Have fun and keep well and healthy.
As you will be aware St Chad’s is closed until further notice and we hope that you are all keeping safe and well in these very strange times. I have attached an email sent out by Carolyn this afternoon, detailing resources which have been made available from the Diocese. Please feel free to join in and to pass them on to anyone who might benefit from them
Kim has sent out this information so that we can find services in the diocese and join them if we wish. If you know of anyone who may not be on the St Chad’s mailing list, perhaps you could pass on this information.
I do hope that you are all keeping well and managing in these very strange times. I know that Maureen and Raiha have been in touch with you all to check that you are ok but please do not hesitate to contact me if Colin or I can be of any help.
Once again love and blessings from all the MST.
Keep safe and keep well
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Dear AllJust reminding you of resources for the coming season, and some of you will have these already.
Clare Barrie has put together daily devotions from the prayer book in differing formats. Again type/copy the url into your browerhttps://www.dropbox.com/sh/rt1s3x7ylil8ke4/AACLC0Ktv9-zktCXHyjqvq1fa?dl=0 Online resource for Good Friday on Youtube.21st Century Stations of the Crosshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJafLz-cGPY
Evening Prayer with Bishop Ross Sundays 7pm the link to use is https://www.facebook.com/Bishop-Ross-Bay-736358193074303/and you can download the liturgy for the service at http://www.auckanglican.org.nz/…/Weekly%20…/Night-Prayer.pdf
Note that the Archbishop of Canterbury has initiated “Light a Candle at 7 on a Sunday” as a symbol of Christ as Light to the World in these dark times.
A couple of Holy week reflections on Youtube
Stay safe and may the Lord be with you.
In the run up to Christmas St Chad’s, along with many of the Church user groups, gave support to the local Women’s Refuge by way of gifting food and ‘bags of blessings’ for the women and children in the refuge over Christmas.
The Yoga Room and Positive Choice fitness ran classes where entry was by donation of non perishable food items, Jen Davenport of Northwest Cleaning Services collected gifts from all her other clients and produced a huge box just before Christmas and at Messy Church we filled 29 gift bags of toiletries and treats. Donations were also collected by Kumeu Friendship Club, Senior Net and Kumeu Blend Choir.
We had a lovely email from Ana at Kia Timata Ano Trust which is copied below.
Carolyn gave a talk this week at Kumeu Village Rest Home and Marcia suggested that we should share it with everyone.
The beginning of Advent is a time for the hanging the green decoration of the church with evergreen wreaths, boughs, or trees that help to symbolise the new and everlasting life brought through Jesus the Christ.
The Advent wreath is a symbol of the beginning of the Church year. It is a circular evergreen wreath with five candles, four around the wreath and one in the centre.
The circle of the wreath reminds us of God Himself, His eternity and endless mercy, which has no beginning or end.
The green of the wreath speaks of the hope that we have in God, the hope of newness, of renewal, of eternal life.
Candles symbolise the light of God coming into the world through the birth of His son. It also reminds us that we are called to be a light to the world as we reflect the light of God’s grace to others (Isa 42:6).
The four outer candles represent the period of waiting during the four Sundays of Advent, which themselves symbolise the four centuries of waiting between the prophet Malachi and the birth of Christ.
The colours of the candles vary with different traditions, but there are usually three purple candles, and one pink candle and a white candle in the centre (or the outer candles may be red). Each Sunday of Advent one of the candles is lit.
The first candle is traditionally the candle of Hope. This draws attention to the anticipation of the coming of an Anointed One, a Messiah, that weaves its way through Old Testament history.
The second candle is the candle of Peace. Jesus is our PEACE.
The third candle is the candle of Joy – the angels sang a message of JOY!
The fourth candle is the candle of love– the angles announced the good news of a Saviour sent to us by God because He loves us!
The centre candle is white and is called the Christ Candle. It is traditionally lit on Christmas Day.
The central location of the Christ Candle reminds us that the incarnation is the heart of the season, giving light to the world.
15 December 10.00am Children’s Christmas Service
22 December 10.00am An NZ Christmas Service with Holy Communion
25 December 10.00am Family Communion Service
29 December 10.00am Holy Communion
31 December 11.30pm A short Holy Communion Service (see separate post for details)
All are very welcome and we look forward to sharing the joys of Christmas with you at St Chad’s.