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'In This Together’ is a group of community minded volunteers who came together in a time of crisis to help those in need.  This network was set up quickly in response to the COVID-19 Crisis. It has been fantastic to see the group of volunteers that we have been able to vet and set in motion to help the vulnerable in our community. 

Thank you to our volunteers for collecting shopping for the vulnerable in our community, for delivering foodbank parcels, and for all the phone calls made to those alone and isolated. We were extremely grateful to have such a large pool of volunteers put their hands up to help out, that we didn't end up needing to use all of them. It is a such a great testament to the generosity and neighbourliness of our wonderful community here in Omokoroa.

Going forward we need to look at how we best use the structure and network that has been set up for our community. We are currently working with the Community Board to update our Community Civil Defence Response Team and are also looking at where there may have been any gaps in our response and how we can do better next time, should the need arise. 

We have a wonderful community and it has been great to see us all pull together and help each other at this time.

Please continue to be aware of those around you as many have lost their jobs and others will likely too over the coming months. We know that it is often very hard to ask for help even when you're desperate. The Omokoroa Community Foodbank and our team of volunteers exists for this very reason and for difficult times such as there.

Please contact the church office if you or anyone you know is in need of a helping hand... or even just a phone call from a friendly community neighbour to check in.

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Pastoral Care is something we take seriously at Omokoroa Community Church and so we have a team dedicated to the health and well-being of both our church family and the wider community.

Our team regularly visits those who are unwell or housebound. They hand-deliver our quarterly publication "The Beacon" to all parishioners; and organise meals for those who are unwell or going through a difficult time.

Please contact Val Hale (Pastoral Care Coordinator) 07 548 0370 if you or someone you know has a need that we can assist with.

We love to give and so we especially love to help those going through a difficult time or who are struggling to make ends meet. Through the generosity of so many in our local area, the Omokoroa Community Foodbank is able to provide just some of the basics that can make all the difference to a family (or individual!) and help them get through the week with full tummies and good hygiene essentials.

We endeavour to meet local needs as they become known to us and often pool resources with the Tauranga Foodbank to assist the wider Tauranga area.
We would especially like to acknowledge the support of Fresh Choice Omokoroa and The Ōmokoroa Volunteer Fire Brigade & First Responders, without whose support we could not operate as generously as we do.

In addition, Cyberlink organise an annual food bank drive in December each year which sees individuals, local sporting groups and community groups knocking door to door to collect non-perishable food and consumables for the Foodbank. It is so wonderful to see the whole community pitch in to support others in our neighbourhood.

Items of food can be placed in the baskets at both Sunday services or in the Foodbank collection receptacle at Fresh Choice supermarket. Cash donations for the Foodbank may be placed in a clearly marked envelope in the offering bag.

We also encourage shoppers to use your ‘come back vouchers’ from Fresh Choice to purchase items for the Foodbank at a very heavily discounted price.
Remember it’s not just food we need. Toilet paper; washing powders; washing liquid / tablets; kitchen towel; personal hygiene products are all needed too.

Thank you for your support of those in need.

Our church services will be starting again on Sunday 31 May.

  • 8.30am traditional/liturgical service with Communion.
  • 10.00am contemporary service with Communion.

We'd love to see you there...

It is important that we all continue to take preventative measures to protect ourselves and those around us, so things will be a bit different. These protocols are to ensure everyone's safety - please respect and adhere to them.

  • If you are not feeling well, even a little, please DO NOT come to church!
  • When entering the Church, please sanitise your hands with the sanitiser provided at the front door.
  • Please sign in on the Contact Tracing Register. You may bring your own pen if you wish. There will be one provided.
  • Try to keep 1-2 meter distance with people where possible. No shaking hands or hugging. Sorry we can’t be as ‘friendly’ as we used to be.
  • There will be no congregational singing for a few weeks. Sadly, singing has proven to be a high risk activity in terms of spreading infection. There will be reflective music played that we can enjoy listening to.
  • The offering will be taken as you enter the Church at the beginning of the Service so only one person handles the bag.
  • Communion will be served in individual cups only. The servers hands will be sanitised before distributing the bread wafers.
  • There will be no morning tea served following the service. Sadly this too is a dangerous activity at present.
  • Those attending the 8:30am service will be asked to exit through the side doors to avoid congestion with those entering the building to attend the 10am service.
  • Please 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.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects, such as doorknobs.
  • Call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 if you have any symptoms and have been to any countries or territories of concern or have been in close contact with someone confirmed with COVID-19.

We appreciate your cooperation with the above protocols while things remain in a state of restriction. Our services will continue to be uplifting and focus on God-honouring worship. We look forward to seeing you there. If you are unable to join us, you can download the sermon here.

 

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