|Kia ora e te whanau|
You will all have heard the PM’s announcement on Monday afternoon that religious communities may gather again from Friday 29 May.
This is exciting news. PCANZ have given us the go ahead to meet from this coming Sunday 31 May. So we are preparing for a return to the church – and Niki’s first service actually in the church.
As mentioned in last week’s e-news, the COVID-19 Health and Safety Sub-committee of Parish Council has developed a COVID-19 Plan in accordance with government guidelines. This will meet our health and safety obligations towards our community, employees, facilities users and other visitors. We are in the process of lodging it with Presbytery, as required.
While we will preserve as much normal practice as possible, this will involve some slightly different procedures:
You will need to sign the register on arrival. Please bring your own pen or sanitise your hands on arrival (sanitiser will be available) or both.
We will try and have the QR code available for those with smart phones but this is not straightforward as churches do not have a government business number (which is a pre-requisite).
There will be no printed orders of service while we are in level 2. The OOS will be displayed on the screens instead and also available on the website by COB Friday.
Offerings will be collected in the donation box at the back of the church. The duty person will remind you.
Seating: everyone/or groups need to observe 1 metre spacing. Rows will be spaced 1 metre apart. Please leave two empty chairs (which measure exactly 1 metre) on either side of you/your group.
Please sit in herringbone formation. i.e. don’t sit immediately behind the person in front of you but space equidistant between the people in front of you.
Please stay in your seats for Passing the Peace. Niki will explain how we will pass the peace without moving around.
Sing softly or hum to the hymns – or just listen.
Rainbow Room will proceed as normal, observing our safe practices (although it is a long weekend and we are not sure whether any families will be attending).
We can have morning tea in the hall, seated at tables of up to 10, suitably spaced. One person per table will need to volunteer to be the server for that table only.
We understand that not everyone will be able or want to attend church just yet. While we are not well resourced to record in the church (which is a much bigger space than your living room or study), we are going to give this a go on Sunday.
Jennifer Bush has kindly volunteered to experiment with making a video that Laetitia can then upload to YouTube for later viewing. We are interested in your views about continuing with St Andrew’s online.
To do this on an ongoing basis we would have to invest in some additional equipment and would require more volunteers. But we will explore this option if people would like it.
We have certainly had a lot of viewers visit our YouTube account.
One further piece of news re our YouTube account. Today we have uploaded the first ‘lunchtime’ concert. Here is the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybwUsL9IT5M&feature=youtu.be
Concert details are included below.
One last thing for today. We need to quickly draw up rosters for June. Roster Rosie asks: if you are not available for your regular roster duty during June please advise Jillene as soon as possible: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have not previously volunteered please do put your name forward to help fill some gaps.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday. If you are travelling, have a safe journey and enjoy the chance to catch up with friends and family.
Catriona and Lynne
Welcome to today’s lunchtime concert, filmed in St Andrew’s on the Terrace, featuring the Leipzig Ensemble of Wellington.
The programme today explains the name of the group. In 1723 St Thomas’s church in Leipzig was seeking a new director of music and initially hoped to appoint Georg Telemann to the position. After he declined the position was offered to Christoph Graupner, but his employer, the Landgrave of Darmstadt would not release him from his contract. Finally the position was offered to Johann Sebastian Bach, who accepted, and who remained there for the rest of his life.
The members of the Leipzig Ensemble are Sophia Acheson who will be playing Telemann’s Viola Concerto in G major, Donald Maurice, who will be playing the Viola d’Amore Concerto in G major by Graupner, and Monique Lapins who will perform Bach’s Violin Concerto in E major by Bach. They are joined by violinist Rupa Maitra and cellist Margaret Guldborg.
Telemann – Viola Concerto in G
Graupner – Viola d’Amore Concerto in G
Bach – Violin Concerto in E major