Managing the Covid 19 Crisis at Howick Baptist Church
Howick Baptist Church During the Covid-19 Crisis
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
1 Timothy 2:1-4
During the COVID-19 crisis Howick Baptist Church will continue to follow the directions of the Government in the interests of the health of our community. Under the present Level 2 controls we are able to meet on Sundays for worship, and our Church Office is open at the usual times.
Worship 9:30 am Sundays
Church Service Procedure under COVID-19 Alert Level 2
In accordance with the requirements of COVID-19 Alert Level 2 (Phase 2), Howick Baptist Church (HBC) will be conducting church services for up to 100 people from Sunday 31st May 2020.
We will endeavour to keep high hygiene standards, seat worshippers appropriately, and record attendees to ensure that contact tracing can be done if necessary.
There can be no public attendance at our service on Sunday while Auckland is at Level 2.5 for the Covid-19 emergency. But we are live-streaming from our auditorium with a small selected congregation of fewer than10 people. You can follow our Live-stream here
When you enter the church please login with the Government Covid-19 ap or record your name and contact details, and the general area where you will be sitting, to the Health & Safety Officer seated at the registration desk near the entrance.
Hygiene for Church Services
Please follow basic hygiene measures and remember to:
cough or sneeze into your elbow or by covering your mouth and nose with tissues
put used tissues in the bin or a bag immediately
wash your hands with soap and water often (for at least 20 seconds)
don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Hand sanitizers, tissues and lined disposal bins will be available in the church entrance, foyer and lounge.
Physical Distancing for Church Services
For the church services, please sit in your “bubbles” in alternate pews as marked, allowing one metre between groups “bubbles” or individuals. Overflow will be seated in the lower lounge.
Although tea and coffee will not be available at this time, we encourage fellowship with one another before and after the services.
Please do not attend the services if you have influenza or COVID-19 symptoms or if you need to be in isolation for any reason.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to common illnesses such as a cold or influenza. You may have one or more of the following:
a high temperature (at least 38˚C)
shortness of breath
a sore throat
sneezing and runny nose
temporary loss of smell
Please remember to maintain a prudent distance.
No handshakes or hugs please!
Thank you for your cooperation
New Zealand Government official COVID-19 page
Ministry of Health COVID-19 page
Current Sunday Morning Sermon Series: Philippians~ Confident in Christ
Lean on Jesus, trust in Him for He will never let you down. Listen to what king David did when he felt he was under assault in Psalm 27:
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?