Kia ora Lifezone Community,
There has been much discussion in the Leadership and Elder team to progress how we do church in this ever-changing COVID mandated scenario. After much discussion we have collectively landed on a way to still function that we hope will benefit the greater church, based on Tauranga Moana moving into the 'Orange Light' in the COVID protection mandate for the next two weeks; effective 11:59pm Thursday 2nd December 2021.
Until end of year, each Sunday we will be:
- Opening up our Church building at 9:30am for our usual service. This will be an open service (vaccinated and unvaccinated), so this will be capped at 50 people maximum. Social distancing, sign in, and mask wearing will be required.
- Kidslife & OneYouth will not be running in the church building (online).
- There will be two dedicated open homes that will function during this time. Please register if you would like to attend.
- We would also encourage other Connect Groups to also meet at this time if it suits you. The COVID mandate in the 'orange light' is for a maximum of 50 people so please keep this in mind.
- All mid-week activities can continue if they can be capped at 50 people max (to include unvaccinated and vaccinated).
We acknowledge that this decision will not please all, but strongly believe that at this time it allows us to care for as many as we can, while still adhering to the Government's mandate. Can we please ask that you keep praying for our nation, our government, and us as leaders of this community. Thank you for your understanding as we navigate this; it has been a big decision and we will continue to look to the Holy Spirit as we continue to trust in God's guidance for us as a community.
Bless you all,
The Lifezone Leadership and Elder team.
The KidsLife team is sending out weekly emails with lessons - "KidsLife @ Home" (for primary school kids) and "KidsLife Junior @ Home" (for preschoolers) - that parents can use to teach and have fun learning with their kids. They include the Big Lesson for the day, the Big Word (memory verse they can learn), a link and/or reference to the Bible Story for the day, related activity and craft ideas, and discussion points for families to use. We encourage families to email or share on the KidsLife Lifezone Facebook page what they are getting up to, crafts they make, and what they are learning.
Daily "Fun Things To Do" and "Ways to Share Love, Kindness, and Joy" are also being put up on the Facebook page for parents and kids to do. We encourage kids and families to share what they have been doing with us for this too! We would love to reward their efforts so if kids learn the Big Word, get into making a craft, can message us what has really impacted them or their family from the lesson, or do something suggested on the "Ways to Share Love, Kindness ,and Joy" list, they will earn clicks on their prize cards!
We would love to get our KidsLife Senior kids (Year 6s), together "virtually" and get to know you each a bit better. So look out for emails that have some more info about our virtual hangout!
If your kids need some extra encouraging support during this time, please get in touch with Kylie by either emailing her or through the Facebook page. Don't forget to follow to the KidsLife Lifezone Facebook page to keep up to date and stay connected.
The KidsLife team is continuing to connect with your children throughout the week via email, Facebook, and Zoom. We encourage families to email or share on the KidsLife Lifezone Facebook page what they are getting up to, crafts they make, and what they are learning.
Sundays - KidsLife @ Home
Fun and simple lessons, crafts, and activities are emailed to families every weekend so your children can keep growing and learning about God at home on Sundays!
Emails include the Big Lesson for the day, the Big Word (memory verse they can learn), a link and/or reference to the Bible Story for the day, related activity and craft ideas, and discussion points for families to use.
During the Week - "KidsLife Lifezone" Facebook
We'll be posting regular updates with fun links and ideas to keep your kids busy with wholesome and Godly activities!
We would love to reward their efforts so if kids learn the Big Word, get into making a craft, do something on the "Ways to Share Love, Kindness, and Joy" list, or if they would like to share something that has impacted them or your family, please message us and they will earn clicks on their prize cards!
Kids Connect Group On Zoom
KidsLife Connect Groups are for Primary School aged kids and are held over Zoom. Please contact Kylie if you have any questions on how to use Zoom.
- Tuesday, 4:00-4:20 - Years 0-1
- Tuesday, 4:30-4:50 - Years 2-3
- Thursday, 4:00-4:25 - Year 4
- Thursday, 4:30-4:55 - Year 5
- Saturday, 3pm - Year 6 (KidsLife Senior)
The Highlife team are keeping everyone connected by:
Online House Parties
Every week groups will have a video call for regular community, care, and encouragement in their faith. These will all happen at different times and will be launched from group messenger chats. Every group is always open for more people to join! So if you aren’t in a group chat yet and would like to be, contact Morgan Collins-Annan at [email protected]. HighLife Facebook page.
ALL IN (HighLife Online)
Just like HighLife- except at home! There’s going to be competitions, community engagement, life-giving conversations, and a whole lot more! Every Friday night starting at 7pm going live on the HighLife Facebook page.
The Bible Classroom
An opportunity to sink your teeth into the wonder of the Bible. This is an in depth Bible study for those who are hungry for more. Every Wednesday at 1pm on Zoom. Message Scott or a leader for the link.
As a team we have come up with a plan to keep everyone connected, so we can continue to grow together in our faith as pre-teen community over this crazy time.
Sundays - All In
Thursdays - Loop Groups
Every Thursday at 3pm loop groups will have a Zoom call with fun challenges, community, care, and encouragement in their faith. If your preteen would like to join please contact Matt.
15 Minute Challenge
Because life is better together.
Connect groups will continue to meet under the new Traffic Light system, while meeting all government regulations.
Prayer & Worship
Every weekday morning at 7am, there will be live worship and prayer on the Lifezone Facebook page.
Amberley and the team are setting up a prayer & practical help group chat on Facebook. For those who don’t have Facebook please let Amberley know and you will be contacted personally.
Amberley also plans to upload and email encouraging videos, from the Lifezone team and other well known worship leaders.