GPC Health & Safety Plan for Covid-19 

In the name of Christ, we are committed to keeping the people around us safe, particularly those who are vulnerable. As Christians, we seek the Holy Spirit’s wisdom and take the best advice we can as we decide how best to keep people as safe as possible from COVID-19.  Under New Zealand’s Health and Safety laws, employers are required to do all that is reasonably practicable to ensure the health and safety of both workers and others at the workplace. This duty extends to the COVID-19 pandemic, where employers must eliminate or if that is not possible, minimize, so far as is reasonably practicable, the risk of exposure to infection from COVID-19 in the workplace.  The COVID-19 vaccine is an important additional safety measure being provided by the NZ Government that will assist organisations, including our church, to continue providing a healthy environment.
 
Glendowie Presbyterian Church (GPC) is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment, with a purpose of protecting our parishioners, workers, volunteers, visitors and members of the public that use our premises.
 
We encourage everyone to remain compliant with our Health and Safety procedures and act responsibly to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
 
Objectives of this Policy:

  • To protect the wellbeing and safety of all church works, volunteers and people who come into contact with our church
  • Ensure that all workers and volunteers who can be vaccinated, are
  • Ensure that our church remains operational and can fulfill it’s essential functions
  • Carry out a risk assessment for relevant roles within the church
 
GPC On Site Safety Measures
In order to keep everyone safe at this time, the following safety measures must be adhered to at all times:
  • Everyone entering our premises must be fully vaccinated if eligible (unless aged under 12 years or have an MOH exception certificate) and must be able to show their vaccine certificate on request
  • Everyone entering our premises must ensure that they sign in using the Government registered QR code or sign in using the contact tracing register provided
  • Any person who is feeling unwell must not enter our premises and should stay home and seek medical advice from their GP or Healthline (0800 3585 453)
  • Personal hygiene and hand washing is actively encouraged. We have hand sanitizer available and encourage using this when entering and exiting the premises.
  • Ensure that our premises are as well ventilated as possible.
Unfortunately, we do not have the facility to host anyone in person who is not vaccinated/ will not disclose their vaccine status.
 
Our Sunday services will be live streamed and we encourage everyone who can’t attend in person to join us on-line.  We will be connecting remotely and focus on our pastoral care for those people that this applies to.  We ask anyone new to GPC to leave their contact details so that we can make contact with them and involve them in our church life.  Everyone is very welcome in our GPC Community.
 
 
Government Protection Framework (The Traffic Light System)
Glendowie Presbyterian Church will abide by the Government Protection Framework for Covid-19.  The following will apply depending on what level we have been placed in by the Government.
 
In addition to our GPC safety measures outlined above, the following must also be adhered to:
 

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  • Face coverings are to be worn in line with govt guidelines, or as directed by the PC. We encourage mask use at our services.
  • All services may be held, with a maximum of 100 people 
  • Our church will have two separate meeting areas. Our main church sanctuary for our main service and our church lounge for GPC Kids and GPC Youth. In each area we can have a maximum of 100 people. GPC Kids and GPC Youth will meet in our church lounge and will enter and leave through our side gate. They will not meet in our church sanctuary and Kids and Parents will not be able to move between both areas, unless our total number for both areas is below 100
  • Morning tea after our Sunday Service may be held at the discretion of the PC. There is to be no sharing of plates, cups etc.
  • Pastoral care visits can take place in person
  • Our premises are available for public use, based on a maximum of 100 people 
  • Offering and collection will not take place during the service and any cash offering will need to be put in our letter box or in the box provided.
  • Mainly Music can be held, at the discretion of the mm leader, in a well-ventilated room or outside.  All toys used must be sterilised after usage.
 

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  • GPC Kids and GPC Youth will start off in our main service (in our church sanctuary) and then move through to our church lounge for their individual groups
 

    GREEN

  • All services and events may be held with no limits
  • Our premises are available for public use without the need for social distancing
 
External Groups Using our Facilities

Our regular bookings from external groups, must adhere to the following practices:
  • External parties must provide Glendowie Presbyterian Church with a copy of their COVID-19 Safety plan prior to using our facilities or, for simple use can sign and adhere to one we provide 
  • Those responsible for the external group, must ensure that everyone who enters our premises as part of the group, produces their vaccine certificate (unless they are under 12 years of age) or have an exemption certificate
  • Those responsible for the external group, must ensure that everyone signs in using the Government registered QR code or by signing in on the contacting tracing register
  • External parties must ensure that they adhere to our GPC safety measures and the Government Protection Framework, listed above
  • External parties are to ensure that they wipe down high touch areas, prior to exiting the building
  • After each visit to Glendowie Presbyterian Church, please complete the check list and email it through to office@glendowiechurch.org.nz
 
Pastoral Care
  • Ensure that our GPC safety measures are adhered to
  • Those providing pastoral care, must be fully vaccinated
  • Prior to visiting, the vaccination status of the person receiving pastoral care, must be made available to the person visiting them
  • People must be contacted prior to the visit to ensure that it is safe to do so and to establish expectations in relation to the pastoral care visit (for example, physical distancing/ assessing their vulnerability to health issues)
  • If the person you are visiting has another person present at the same time, please ensure that you can gather their contact tracing details
  • If it is preferred, the pastoral care sessions can be done via zoom
 
Small Groups
Under COVID-19 our GPC safety measures and the Government Protection Framework listed above, should be applied to our small/ home groups.  These are an extension of Glendowie Presbyterian Church and the safety of our parishioners and community is paramount.
 
Funerals, weddings
Under COVID-19 our GPC safety measures and the Government Protection Framework listed above are to be applied to weddings and funerals.
 
Pre-Register
Proof of Vaccine may be sent through to our GPC office to pre-register for our church services/ events.  By doing so, once your vaccine certificate has been sighted, your details will be added to our records and you will not need to show your vaccine certificate each time you arrive to church.

 
Privacy policy: We are absolutely committed to protecting your privacy. Details of your vaccine certificate will remain private and protected and we will not share your information with others without your consent.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Planning your Visit

A Warm Hello 

The following information is specifically for those planning a visit, so that you know, beforehand, what to expect on a Sunday morning.

Where and When

We meet at the Church Building (details here) for our Sunday Service starting at 9.30am. For your first visit, we recommend arriving 10-15 minutes early to ensure you get a parking space and find somewhere to sit before the service begins. When you arrive, you should be greeted by someone on our Welcome Team who will be wearing a Welcome lanyard.

We serve tea, coffee and biscuits after our service. It is a great way to meet people, or simply take time to find your bearings. All refreshments are free.

Accessibility: There is wheelchair access, and a sound loop for anyone who needs it. Please let one of the Welcome Team know on your arrival and they will help you to get set up. There are disabled toilets in the main foyer.

Our Service

The main service begins at 9.30am with a warm welcome from one of our team members. Then follows a time of sung worship, led by our band. We typically have 2 or 3 songs lasting approximately 20 minutes. Sometimes a person might pray out loud or read a small passage from the bible. One of our leaders will give a sermon that is bible based and that we can apply to our everyday life. We then finish with a final worship song. There is an opportunity to receive prayer at the end of the service.

images: Services

What about my kids?

We have a great programme lined up for kids of all ages:

GPC Kids for children from birth to age 11 (school year 6)
GPC Youth for young people aged 11+

Children stay with their parent or grown-up at the start of the service for the welcome, songs and notices. We really value worshipping God all together as a family. At the end of the notices someone will announce that it’s time for the younger members to go into our church lounge for GPC Kids/ GPC Youth.  You will need to go with your children to their groups and register them as part of our child safety policy. Whilst you are dropping your kids off at their groups, we pause to take time to chat to someone sitting near or next to us, giving folk a chance to come back before the sermon begins.


The kids group activities vary depending on the age but usually there is a friendly welcome, bible stories, testimonies, praying, music, craft, drama, fun games and free play. Please pick your children up as soon as the service finishes.

Children

Getting Connected


Small Groups

While Sundays are a great way to meet new people, it is often in smaller gatherings that you can really get to know someone. Being part of one of our small groups allows you to make new friends, share together and support each other. We have a variety of groups that meet throughout the week, some afternoons and some evenings. Check out Small Groups and see if there’s one that you could join, or we can put you in touch with a small group leader who will be more than happy to invite you along to their group.

Serving and Volunteering

If you want to get involved in the life of the church and help us make Sundays run smoothly, you can sign up to serve on a team. 

Other Ministries

We also run the following ministries:

  • Men's Ministries
  • Women's Ministries
  • Music Team Ministry
We hope that whoever you are, you will feel at home at our church.