Welcome to Waiapu

Stunning vistas, picturesque landscapes, art deco buildings, rolling surf beaches, and above all vibrant, passionate people make up our diocese in the North Island of Aotearoa New Zealand.

We are known within our Church as a diocese committed to youth, social services, unity in diversity and, as our Mission Statement says, ‘Knowing Jesus and making Jesus known’. 

 


 

COVID 19 LEVEL 2 IMPLEMENTATION GUIDELINES and SIGNAGE for parishes - can be found here

Click here for Guides and Resources on Worship Online

The Diocesan Office staff are now back in the Napier office



IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID 19 UPDATE - 20th March 2020

Press Release from Archbishops re COVID-19 - ArchBishop Phillip Richardson

The Archbishops and Bishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand have together made the decision to suspended all public services of worship until further notice. This suspension will take effect following those services being held this coming Sunday 22 March.

Those parishes that regularly have congregations of more than 100 are already making arrangements to ensure that Government guidelines and regulations are met. Assistance will be offered by each Hui Amorangi and Diocese to those parishes holding services this Sunday to ensure their people gather in smaller groups with appropriate social distancing.

We wish to stress to our priests and leaders that all current Church and Government requirements about the conducting of services must be strictly observed. https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/diseases-and-conditions/covid-19-novel-coronavirus/covid-19-novel-coronavirus-information-specific-audiences/covid-19-advice-public-events-and-mass-gatherings

We have made this decision prayerfully and with a sense of abundant caution and care for our people.

We know that the Church is more than just the buildings that we worship in. The Church is made up of believers who pray for others, care for others, serve others, love one another, and love their neighbours as Christ taught them.  

We ask our people to continue to pray and serve wherever they may be. We encourage them to care for their communities and ensure that the most vulnerable are regularly checked on and supported.

Plans for online worship services are under way and will be widely publicised by each Diocese. Bishops commend to all Anglicans and all people of good will the call of the Archbishop of Canterbury to join in a world-wide action of prayer.

At 7pm local time on Sunday 22nd and at 7 pm 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 roto i te pōuri te mārama e whiti ana; heoi kihai i mau i te pōuri /  The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:5

Archbishop Philip Richardson

Bishop of Waikato and Taranaki
Archbishop and Primate
Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia



IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID 19 UPDATE - 19th March 2020

COVID 19 and Worship

The Lord is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble

 Last Friday the Minsitry of Health issued a bulletin with a number of recommendations for how churches conduct worship.

The Ministry said, ‘Faith communities should ensure that the practices that they use do not put the community at risk, in particular, we do not recommend the sharing of communion cups or dipping of hands in shared holy water’. As a result of this churches in the Diocese are no longer offering the chalice, and little cups. For the forseeable future Communion is by bread alone. 

The Ministry has also advised against personal contact such as shaking hands I ask that you seriously consider suspending the greeting at ‘The Peace’.  As well, we also ask that parishioners try and sit a metre away from the next parishioner. Usually this would be a chair width. 

People who are unwell should not attend church.

This means congregations should:

  • Receive communion in one kind only, that is only the bread or wafer, with the presiding priest alone taking the wine. As previously advised, the practice of intinction, is not recommended, please avoid this.  
  • The use of individual cups is not recommended.
  • Avoid handshakes and direct physical contact during the passing of the peace, keep at least a metre away from the next person.
  • Continue to practise good hygiene, washing your hands immediately before the service (soap and water, 20 seconds foaming and then drying well) and using sanitiser after the peace.
  • Contain coughs and sneezes in a tissue, or your elbow.
  • Stay home in isolation, if you are unwell. If it people appear to be unwell, ask them to go home.

The government have just announced that they will neforce a mass gatherings limit of 100 people for indoor events. This will affect larger parishes and paricularly funerals and I expect each situation will need to be dealt with at the time it arises. (ANZAC day has been cancelled)

The Bishop’s Leadership team are currently looking into live streaming services and other innovative ways of worshipping God as a community. In any event don’t forget our marvellous resource A New Zealand Prayer Book/He Karakia Mihinere o Aotearoa, and please pray. Pray for those who are ill and those who care for them. Pray for Health professionals and for your church. This virus is a challenge to our usual practices and our sense of community, but together, and with your prayers, can get through it. 

If you have any questions, please get in touch with your Regional Dean, or me.

Jenny Chalmers (Rev’d) Vicar General

 


IMPORTANT NOTICE: COVID 19 UPDATE - 13th March 2020

Communion Practices Update

The Ministry of Health has issued a bulletin recommending that churches do not share the common cup, or chalice as we know it.  The Ministry says, ‘Faith communities should ensure that the practices that they use do not put the community at risk, in particular, we do not recommend the sharing of communion cups or dipping of hands in shared holy water’. The Ministry has also advised against personal contact such as shaking hands. People who are unwell should not attend church.

This means congregations should:

  • Receive communion in one kind only, that is only the bread or wafer, with the presiding priest alone taking the wine. As previously advised, the practice of intinction, is not recommended, please avoid this. 
  • The use of individual cups is also not recommended.
  • Avoid handshakes and direct physical contact during the passing of the peace
  • Continue to practise good hygiene, washing your hands immediately before the service (soap and water, 20 seconds foaming and then drying well) and using sanitiser after the peace.
  • Contain coughs and sneezes in a tissue, or your elbow.
  • Stay away from gatherings if you are unwell. Encourage parishioners to do the same.

So far there are no restrictions on holding/attending church services.  Because this is a challenge to our usual practices it might be a good idea to explain to the worship community, before each service, that we are only offering one kind of communion today, that is the bread/wafer. It might also be an idea to explain that as unusual as it feels, this is a long held Anglican practice.

You can find more information about this on https://anglicanlife.org.nz/coronavirus-2/ and https://mailchi.mp/be85c4479065/keep-safe-diocesan-hs-winter-update-4886406?fbclid=IwAR2YChCOo4_ggWlOH5miLhXQafRL6a4evS0R_th0Aj8Qao5yf4WJCWnuUpQ

Please commence these practices, immediately.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with your Regional Dean, or me.

Jenny Chalmers (Rev’d) Vicar General