Covid-19 update

8th September 2021

Greetings Church,

Now that we have a clearer picture of what Alert Level 2 entails, we can at least make some plans accordingly. To that end, the leadership have decided that this Sunday morning’s service (12th September) will be conducted online as we have been doing. The reason is, the current restrictions mean we can only gather with a maximum of 50 people. If we had been able to gather with 100 as was the case at Alert Level 2 last year, we could have offered two services. That is still a possibility yet to be explored and will depend upon the availability of our volunteers. However, this Sunday we are planning on conducting the service from the auditorium as opposed to streaming it from our homes.
 
For more information on Alert Level 2 go to: covid19.govt.nz/activities/worship-and-faith-based-gatherings 

In terms of people gathering it seems the main consideration is having the ability to contact trace in the event that someone is infected. Please continue to pray that there are no further covid outbreaks and that Auckland can join with the rest of NZ soon.

The following planned NPBC events are on hold:

Annual General Meeting – postponed
A reminder that the planned date for our AGM was to be Sunday 26thSeptember. Under the current restrictions that is now not possible. We will set a new date and let you know ASAP.

Prayer & Self Denial offering – postponed
Please hold onto the offering until further notice.

Discover Baptism discussion – postponed
For those who have expressed interest in attending the “Discover Baptism” discussion with Ps. Paul, we will announce a new date/time when we are in Alert Level 1.   

Life Groups
Some good news. Life Groups can begin meeting again. I have sent an email to all our life group leaders asking that they contact their members to discuss when you can meet again and the protocols that will need to be observed.
 
Romans 12:12
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”

As Isaiah 40:31 reminds us:
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Please pray for, look out for, and communicate with each other regularly, especially with those that you know are feeling vulnerable. If you have any questions, please contact me, Pastor Jeremy Selfe, or one of our Elders, Angus Campbell, pastoral care coordinator, Tim Wye, or Rebekah Ly.