Finding support and help: Pastoral Care Update 21st March

Updated: Mar 21, 2020

Dear Church Family,

That is indeed what we are: a family! And families care for each other! Thank you so much to the members of the Pastoral care team who have started relaying these emails to those without the internet. If I put your name down to be phoned by this team, but you do in fact have internet access, I apologise! I wanted to make sure no one was left out of the loop so included some people who have email addresses but hadn’t opened Murray’s last email, by the time I set up the phoning lists. If that is you, please tell your phone tree person that they don’t need to keep ringing you to read the emails, that is unless you want them too anyway!

With Jacinda’s latest recommendation that everyone over the age of 70 and/or with a pre-existing medical condition stay at home, I am sure there are some of you who are feeling anxious about how you will cope. Please know you are not alone and we will do everything we can to support you during this challenging time. We can collect groceries for you, collect scripts and medicine, return and pick up library books, take the dog to the vet or anything else you can no longer do, and all while staying at the recommended distance away! I already have a list of people keen to help in this way. Just send me a text, or an email or phone me and I will get things sorted for you as soon as possible. If you are ‘of fewer years‘, have no medical conditions, no flu like symptoms, a car and a desire to bless others, please let me know and I will add you to the list of ‘errand runners.’

In a previous email I expressed my desire to set up virtual care groups. I want to allocate every person on our phone list to a willing ‘carer’ who will regularly phone them to check they are ok and ask if they need help with anything. These people will relay any needs to myself or Murray and we will take it from there. Thank you to those people who have already offered to do this. Some homegroup leaders have offered to do this for those within their homegroup. If you are a homegroup leader and are happy to keep in regular contact with your homegroup members please let me know and include a list of who is in your group so I know who is covered. If you are not a homegroup leader but are happy to phone a small group of people to check on them on a very regular basis, please let me know. Hopefully I will get these groups set up in the next few days so that everyone has someone checking on them and has a way to access support.

There’s a Veggietales song my grandkids have been singing lately and it goes like this:

God is bigger than the boogie man. He's bigger than Godzilla, or the monsters on TV. Oh, God is bigger than the boogie man. And He's watching out for you and me.

While this is only a preschoolers song, it does contain a pertinent reminder for us grown ups! Our God is indeed bigger than any monster virus that might be threatening us. Take precautions yes, follow government guidelines yes, but always remember God is bigger than covid 19!

Love and blessings,


#community #team

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