Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Updated Monday 30 March, 2020
We would like to give you an update on decisions Cornerstone Church is making in the coming days in relation to Coronavirus COVID-19 and some of the implications that has for changes in church life. We're encouraging you to do what we're doing which is to get your information from good sources like like New Zealand Ministry of Health, COVID-19.govt.nz and World Health Organisation. We're thinking about how do we implement some of the decisions the government has made about meetings in New Zealand and what that looks like for us in church community.
We have gathered some useful resources for our community during the lockdown here. We've just collated resources for reading, exercise, kids, and more all in one place.
Gatherings at Cornerstone
All our meetings are now online.
Sunday online gatherings can be viewed at www.cornerstone.org.nz/live
Mid-week Growth Groups are continuing to run using Zoom. Those not in existing Growth Groups are encouraged to join on Thursday nights from 7:30pm with the Dukes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for meeting details.
The Bible encourages and commands us to pray for our leaders. Please do pray for our government leaders as they have some really weighty decisions to make.
Pray for our medical and health professionals with the really significant role they have in all of this.
Pray for those where this is a time filled with all sorts of needs, concerns and anxieties for people and that we would respond with grace, patience and kindness.
Pray for the gospel to go out clearly and for Christians to shine a light into our needy world.
And please do pray for God’s control, His care and His compassion to be so evident in this church family and in each one of us personally. In the midst of lots of change, there are some things that don't change - God is still in control and still sits on the throne and has the future in His hands.
Some simple ways to protect yourself
- Avoid contact with people who are sick and please stay home if you or your child is sick.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (it’s longer than you think—try singing “Happy Birthday” twice) and use good sneeze/cough etiquette
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Maintain at least 1 meter distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing.
- We’re encouraging people to use other ways to welcome people than shaking hands - please don't be offended by this!