TRAFFIC LIGHT FRAMEWORK

As we are all aware the Covid-19 Traffic Light Protection Framework has officially come into effect across New Zealand.

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 our Sunday 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.

Please fill in a CONNECT WITH US CARD ONLINE so you can be kept upto-date on how we're operating. 

So, without further ado, here's our plan:

GREEN

10:30am-11:45am Service - 100 person limit, registration booked online

6:00pm-7:30pm Campfire for ages 10+ registration booked online
Under Green settings, we will run our usual Sunday service time, unless we reach full capacity under orange for both services, then we’ll look at team capacity to try to continue with two services on Sunday mornings. All weekly ministries will continue running without checking vaccine certificates.

ORANGE

9am-10am Service - 50 person limit, no kids programme, registration booked online

11am-12pm Service - 50 person limit, kids programme, registration booked online

6:00pm-7:30pm Campfire for ages 10+ registration booked online

Under Orange settings, we will run an extra service in the morning. The 9am service will have a simplified worship experience, the children will remain in for the whole service, with activities and snack bags available. 
We want to look after our hard-working team of volunteers, so will be adjusting things and being a bit more creative to do so. The 11am service will have our regular childrens programme, where they are in the service for a couple of worship songs and then go out to their kids church for a structured programme. 

 

RED

11am - Gatherings in Homes for a shared lunch and Church online - to join a group contact us at hello@thefound,nz

6:00pm-7:30pm Campfire for ages 10+ registration booked online

Under Red settings, we are limited to gathering in groups of 25 or less. Therefore, our plan is to organise church to be held in smaller groups in homes across our area and to provide online content for In Home hosts to facilitate these gatherings.

When does this system come into effect?​

This system is effective immediately from today. It will cover our existing gatherings starting this week. We will have our first Sunday services under Orange on December 12th. We are incredibly grateful for your support and your patience as we go about implementing this new system.

Summer Schedule

In addition to this system, we have a few adjustments to our Sunday schedule that we've made to accomodate the beginning of the summer holidays and our annual 2 week break. 

 

Here is a helpful guide to our summer schedule under Orange:

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December 12th

Services at 9am, 11am - registrations will be available to be booked online.

December 19th

Services at 9am, 11am and 6pm Campfire for ages 10+ - registrations will be available to be booked online.

December 24th & 25th, 26th

No Christmas or Sunday services; we have always given space for our team and congregations to take a much deserved break between Christmas & New Year. We encourage you to connect with each other in this time.
 

January 2nd & 9th

10am Open House - Ps Andrew & Alana will open up the Whare Karakia for reflective worship and prayer - registrations will be available to be booked online.
 

January 16th onwards - please check our Facebook page and fill in a connect with us card to stay up to date.

Monday Prayer takes a break from 27th December, and resumes on Monday 17 January both online and in the House - no registration required, only sign in.


No Church Camp at Moke Lake - as the Department of Conservation requires vaccine certificates for all campers aged 12+.

High School Youth on Tuesday’s with The Salvation Army is on summer break for the school holidays; our highschoolers are part of helping out at Campfire on Sunday evenings.

Dinner Parties - continue, please refer to your hosts.
New dinner party starting at Ps Andrew and Alana’s from Wednesday 19 January - contact Ps Alana if you want to join in 027 329 9433.


Alpha - running in the new year - let Ps Andrew know if you want to join or help host 027 523 2351

closing thoughts

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.


If you have any thoughts or questions, please get in touch with Pastor Andrew at 027 523 2351 or andrew@thefound.nz Or Ps Alana 027 329 9433 or alana@thefound.nz


Additionally, please also do not hesitate to contact any of the other Church board members: Daniel & Stacey Gibbon: danieljgibbons@gmail.com, Chris & Susan Moore: csmoore532@gmail.com