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In-Person Gatherings Resume

17/01/2022

Kia Ora Whānau,

Harmony Church strives to be a community of presence, passion and purpose, online and in-person. This Sunday, 23 January 2022, we are regathering for in-person worship. Please refer to the chart below which details the current options available for all to experience.

Visit the What’s On page for the latest list of events in the life of Harmony.

Sunday Service Schedule from 23 January 2022:

9:15am – In-Person + Livestream
My Vaccine Pass required.
Unlimited numbers, no registration.
Masks are encouraged.
Full kids programmes.

11:15am – In-Person
Open to everyone to attend.
Limited to 50 people (register in advance)
Masks are encouraged.
Kids options.

5:15pm – Not meeting until after Waitangi Weekend

Proof of vaccinations
Following the guidance of public health officials, we will be requiring that everyone over 12 years and 3 months will need to show proof of vaccination before entry into the 9:15am service.

If you are unable to provide proof please come to our 11:15am service, but register first as it is limited to 50 people, plus staff.

What precautions will you take?
We will ensure separate entrance and exit routes between services
Hand sanitisers available on site
Free face masks available at the entrance
Air extraction units in the roof will be used in the main auditorium
The auditorium and foyer will be cleaned between services

When will I be able to volunteer again?
You are able to volunteer now. We are getting all teams back up and running across each service. Please use Church Planning Centre to select your dates or come and see our team at the info desk after service for more information about getting involved.

How does Harmony make decisions on opening?
Harmony staff and leaders look to Public Health advice and partner agencies for general guidance for faith based gatherings. That guidance is then interpreted and tailored by our pastors and the church Covid Response Team.

You can read more about gatherings at Orange here.

What can I expect on Sunday?
Well prepared staff, volunteers and facilities for each phase of regathering.
Following the guidence and taking all reasonable precautions to safeguard the community.
Communications on this website, in verbal announcements at services and with additional context in our weekly email update.

What can I do in the meantime? How can I be part of the church?
Pray with us and ask for help. If you need personal prayer or counsel, contact the pastoral staff.
Stay connected – Join a connect group and support those who are more vulnerable than you. Deliver groceries, make a phone call or just check in on someone you know is struggling.

This service structure will be a temporary arrangement as we continue to monitor and respond to government guidance. We aim to review our services again before Waitangi Weekend.  

We thank you for your continued support and participation in the Harmony community during these times. Harmony thrives because of all the people involved and we couldn’t be more thankful to serve you and serve with you.

Catherine and Gideon
Senior Pastors

Newsroom

Traffic Light System

27/11/2021

Dear Harmony Whānau,

As most of you will be aware, the new COVID 19 Traffic light system is being rolled out by the government this week. Clearly this system impacts on the way that we can run church at the moment.

As a team we seek to honour God through loving and serving the needs of our whole church family while also honouring the government. We recognise that there are some extremely vulnerable people in our community and we want to love and support everyone, making sure that all are kept safe while maintaining a spirit of unity. We acknowledge there is pain and division, even amongst families and friends on these issues. We want to say we love and respect everyone and want to support you regardless of your views on the vaccine or the government traffic light system mandate.

Our vision continues to be Transforming the world with the good news of Jesus and we want to see the Kingdom of God grow during this time! We are a church that highly values God’s presence in our corporate worship, but also his purpose for us as a body. We want to continue to see new people come along and engage at Harmony, and we want to continue to see numerous salvations on a regular basis.

In planning our path forward, we have engaged with our leadership team, selected individuals, as well as wider church leaders within our city and the country. As the government continues to adjust the new ‘Traffic Light System’, we have decided that the best way forward for us is to allow some time for the new system to settle before making any significant changes to the way we do things.

During this settling in period, we will put significant effort and emphasis into extending the Kingdom through regular and continued online services. You are invited to tune in online each Sunday at 10:15am as well as join our increasingly popular “Bubble Dutch” at 8pm on Wednesday nights. We are so excited about continuing to build and strengthen our online presence allowing us to reach more and more people from far and wide as we grow through this medium. We already have people watching regularly from locations all over the world and we want to see that grow! We feel a lot of gratitude for what we have been able to invest into this growing area and are so thankful for an excellent team who are able to facilitate this every week.

This decision means that, for the short term and until further notice, Sunday 28th of November will be our last ‘in person’ Sunday service at 220 Antigua Street. We will also have one last ‘in person’ Worship Night for this year on Thursday 2nd of December starting at 7pm – this will be a glorious night of extended worship. Please register to attend. Hope to see you there!

We are especially passionate about growing our relationships and building our community during this time. This new season gives great opportunity to deepen these connections.

Life groups are going to take on a new importance. We would love to see ‘watch parties’ on Sundays and shared lunches, or dinner parties in homes as a way of connecting. As we progress, we will be making further announcements about different possible gatherings to be held that will both provide connection for our church and fulfil the requirements of the law.

Pastoral care teams, Life and interest groups and potential other gatherings are some of the opportunities we will be organising to build a strong foundation for growth as we move into the new year. Please keep an eye on our website, App and Social Media for further notifications and updates. If you need help connecting with a Life Group, we’d love to help you with that. Email josiah.russell@harmony.org.nz

Because there have been many of you who have told us you had already invited your ‘pre-Christian’ family and friends to our Christmas Eve service, we have decided that, despite the above decision, we will continue with this single one-off ‘in-person’ service at 6.30pm Friday the 24th of December. This decision is born out of our strong belief we are to continue to take every opportunity to introduce people to Jesus. For many, Christmas is the one time they might ever consider going to a church service. This will be a vaccine pass service only which allows us to welcome an unlimited number of fully vaccinated people, and will be Live Streamed for those of you who cannot attend in person, to enjoy at home.

Let’s keep our focus on the Kingdom. “Any thought that does not inspire hope, does not come from God” (Bill Johnson). Renee Landsdowne recently encouraged us to exercise practical love with what we already have in our hands.

Thank you for your prayers during this time. For us, our team, and the church family – we so appreciate and need it.

Please let us know if there is any way we can help you further during this time by contacting us via email at info@harmony.org.nz. In the meantime, our website and App are being regularly updated to provide you with any information you need and the latest news.

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Sending you all our love as we roll into the busy Christmas season. Let’s remember Emmanuel. God is with us. We pray you know God’s incomparable peace and unfathomable joy over this next month.

Much Aroha,

Catherine and Gideon
Senior Pastors