“We know that the Church is far more than the buildings we worship in – now is a time for us to demonstrate this truth. While many things have been cancelled, compassion and care never will be,” said Presbyterian Church of Aotearoa New Zealand (PCANZ) Assembly Executive Secretary Wayne Matheson. He was writing to all churches to inform them that all physical gatherings for public services of worship in the PCANZ was suspended from 23 March till further notice, a decision aligned with current government restrictions on public gathering and in solidarity with other national churches.
Moderator Right Rev Fakaofo Kaio released a pastoral message urging them not to panic, and will be producing weekly videos including prayer, scripture reading and reflections, leading by example on “how to pull close while being apart”. They have set up a webpage for Presbyterian and Uniting Church staff, ministers, chaplains, parishes and presbyteries to provide them with guidance on managing the life of their church and communities during this pandemic.