In a message to the Church of England, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York said: “Our life is going to be less characterised by attendance at church on Sunday, and more characterised by the prayer and service we offer each day…. We urge you sisters and brothers to become a different sort of church in these coming months: hopeful and rooted in the offering of prayer and praise and overflowing in service to the world….Then by our service, and by our love, Jesus Christ will be made known, and the hope of the gospel – a hope that can counter fear and isolation – will spread across our land.” The Archbishops are also calling for a Day of Prayer and Action on Mothering Sunday (22 March).
See also the Wellington Diocese Bishops pastoral letter
Advice from Bishop Peter of Christchurch: “Pray. Read Scripture (especially the Psalms). Look out for one another. Stay safe. May God’s peace which passes all understanding guard and sustain your hearts and minds.”
And the most recent news for the church in New Zealand announced in Taonga today is: “The Archbishops and Bishops of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia have called for Anglican churches to suspend all in-person public services of worship following services on this Sunday 22 March.” Read the full article here and there are other articles worth a look on the Taonga page also.