TRAFFIC LIGHT FRAMEWORK
EVERY WEEK we will gather in these ways:
Mondays 7:30pm In the House & Online Prayer Gathering
Wednesdays 1:00pm: In the Home, Coffee + Kōrero with Ps Alana at their place in Shotover Country
Wednesdays 6:00pm: In the Home, Kai + Kōrero at Ps Andrew & Alana's place in Shotover Country
Sundays 11:00am-12:15pm: In the House, Whare Karakia, BYO picnic following
Sundays 5:00pm-6:15pm: In the House, Whare Karakia, shared kai/BBQ following
Sundays 8:30pm Online Zoom Gathering
RED has a limit of 25 attendees
ORANGE has a gathering limit of 50 attendees
GREEN has a gathering limit of 100 attendees
All gatherings require you to register online, all gatherings require you to help us keep each other safe by complying with the Ministry of Healths Covid-19 guidelines for places of worship, this means when you attend our in person gatherings at The Hangar or at Ps Andrew and Alana's place please:
REGISTER ONLINE BEFOREHAND With number restrictions, please register online for the service you are coming to.
FACE MASKS As a place of worship gathering at The Hangar, we strongly encouraged the use of masks as we are a family and we want to care for one-another. ALL our team are required to wear a face mask, unless exempt or 'up the front'. Don't worry if you forget, we can provide you one at Church.
SCAN Please sign in to The Hangar via QR Code.
SANITISE Please sanitise as you move around the facility & before making a drink.
DISTANCE Please respect people's space and physical distance at least 1 meter.
GIVING ONLINE We will not be accepting cash donations during services.
How we came to decide how we gather through the Traffic Light Protection Framework.
We recognise that we are in a time of transition as a community and as a country. For some of us, this transition into the Traffic Light framework means that life is going to look pretty similar as it has been, and perhaps may even mean we have some newfound freedoms. For others, there is a transition into a life that has many more limitations than before. For all of us, we must come to terms with the fact that Covid-19 is coming to our community after having kept it outside our doors for a very long time.
After much discussion, prayer and consideration, we have made the decision that, at this time, we are not going to check for vaccine certificates at any of our gatherings. By going this route, we also must therefore accept that there will be limits imposed upon the number of people who can gather together at one time, and we recognise and affirm that these limits are intended by the government to slow down and limit the spread of Covid-19 as it arrives into our community. We recognise that these limits don't just apply to churches, but to everyone who calls New Zealand home.
Our hope is that we can continue to meet together, be in unity with Christ and each other, creating spaces for our members and those seeking to know Jesus, so that everyone, no matter their background, no matter their personal choices, feel like they can safely attend our in home gatherings and gatherings in the whare karakia without judgment or divisive anguish.
In coming to this decision, it is our desire to find a balance among our value for inclusiveness and our value for safety. We have wrestled greatly in our attempts to prayerfully carve out the best path forward, and we believe that the decision we have made is the best one we can make at this time based on the information we have today. That said, we recognise that when it comes to Covid-19, the future can be very hard to predict, and that our approach to how we do church may have to be adjusted along the way as the spread of Covid-19 impacts Queenstown and beyond.
We will review these settings with our board, in consultation with our key team at the end of January.
So what does this decision mean for our church community?
Well, first of all, it means that for at least the coming months, we will likely be gathering in smaller groups than what you might be used to. It also means that depending on what traffic light level that we find ourselves in, we might have to get a bit creative on how we gather together as a church family.
We have decided on an approach for each of the traffic light levels: Green, Orange, and Red. We are preparing to operate under the current Orange requirements, this will involve running two services on Sunday mornings.
We are also working to develop our plan for Red, so that we are ready to activate it in the event that we move to Red at some point in the near future.
With this time of transition into traffic lights, with the changes to the way we do church, and with the whole adjusting to life with Covid-19 as it comes into our area, it is perfectly normal to be experiencing feelings of uncertainty.
We believe that while there are many challenges that lay ahead of us, that there are also great opportunities to reach people for Jesus, continue to build community and to experience what it means to be a church family in a new way.
We look forward to pressing in together with you into what God has for our church in this new season, remain in Christ, in unity and in love for one-another.
The Vine and the Branches - Jesus
John 15:9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.