Vaccine Passport Services
New Zealand is moving to the traffic light system at 11.59pm, Thursday 2 December. This will have implications for our life together as a parish.
The Tikanga Pakeha Bishops have met and made a decision for all Pakeha Anglican churches in New Zealand. You can read the letter from our bishops here. Bishops Justin and Eleanor have also written a pastoral letter for our Wellington Diocese. You can read it here.pastoral_letter_from_bishops_justin_and_eleanor.pdf
For Peninsula Parish this means that from 11.59pm, 2 December, anyone older than 12 years and 3 months will be required to present a vaccine certificate to attend any parish worship services, ministry events and gatherings in our parish buildings. This includes Sunday 8am and 10am services, Wednesdays and Thursday 10am services, and all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services.
We know that this will have implications for those who have chosen not to be vaccinated, and for those who disagree with this approach based on their own personal, political, or theological understanding. We are committed to continuing to provide pastoral care for all people and to find creative ways to do this. Our 10am service will continue to be streamed live on Facebook and will be available afterwards on our website. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out.
Shop 89 will continue to operate as a retail space, a hub for the vege-co-op and distribution point for the Foodbank on Fridays. Visitors to this retail space will not need to provide a vaccine passport. Distancing guidelines and masking requirements will be followed, as will thorough cleaning procedures. The hospitality area of the Shop will not be able to operate at this time.
If you need help to access a vaccine passport in the coming days, please reach out for help. We have many people who are happy to assist. Miramar Library and Unichem Pharmacy in Miramar are also offering help in printing these out. You will need to have had both vaccination shots, and to show your NHI number and another form of ID.
Please continue to pray for us as we navigate this new season, as well as praying for those who may be deeply affected by this.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
In the hope and peace of Christ,
Rev. Chris on behalf of Vestry
Sunday Worship at St Aidan's
8am Prayerbook service
10am Family service with children's programs during term time
Wednesday at St Aidan's
10am communion service
Thursday at St George's
10am communion service
St Aidan's, Miramar
St George's, Seatoun
About the Liturgy (the way we do things)
Rather than being designed to meet personal preferences, the shape of the liturgy keeps our focus on God and the story of his love toward his creation, in which the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus are the climax. This story shapes and directs the lives of God’s people, helping us to become more and more like Him.
Anglican worship has seven main components: 1) Gathering, 2) Confessing sin and receiving the assurance of forgiveness, 3) Reading and responding to scripture, 4) Affirming our faith, 5) Praying, 6) The Lord’s table (communion) and 7) Being sent out. Singing is interspersed throughout, and we sit, kneel or stand at various times.
Are Children Welcome?
Children are a great blessing and always welcome! The goal on Sunday morning is not to simply keep children quiet or to stop them from “being a distraction”, but rather, to help them encounter God, and to learn how to worship with the church family. During our 10am Sunday service, children are with us for most of the service, but during the readings and sermon, they are invited to participate in children’s programs where they can learn at their own age-appropriate level. They rejoin us at the offering to be present for communion.