Covid Support Fund Testimonies
19 May 2020
With the support of so many people and businesses, we've been able to bless families all over Canterbury with food parcels during this season. Here are some of the testimonies we've received from those we've been able to help.
"Our food box arrived just after my husband lost his job. We cannot thank you enough."
"I just wanted to say thank you so so much for the food parcel I received today, it meant so much. I'd also like to thank the lovely man that delivered it to me and thought to ask if there was anything else you guys could do to help. That meant heaps."
"Thank you for the food parcel you guys dropped off today, it was such a big help. Thanks for your hard work."
"What a wonderful service."
"Thank you for helping people with food. God bless you all. Stay safe"
"Just got mine, thank you so much, made my day."
“Thank you all for helping and supporting families just like mine. So much appreciation and love.”
Level 2 Announcement
13 May 2020
29 Apr 2020
We currently find ourselves in a very unique period of history where, across the whole world, the difficulties and implications of Covid-19 are being faced. Here is a quick update on how some of the most vulnerable nations we support as a church are fearing during this time.
1. Mozambique (Koti workers)
2. Uganda (Project Moroto)
3. Cambodia (Partnership Cambodia)
All three of these countries are currently experiencing a rise in food prices due to lockdown. This is putting immense pressure on those who are already very poor and live hand to mouth.
The rise in food prices is a real problem for the Koti workers in Mozambique who look after around 10,000 people in their communities of faith. Giving towards our mission fund allows us to offer emergency food relief to the people on the ground.
In project Moroto there are now 29 girls being looked after in the home. Currently, they have no schooling due to the lockdown. Through your help, we could provide internet at the home and some laptops for online schooling.
In Cambodia, the lockdown has caused job losses and financial pressure for the local workers. There is a great opportunity for the gospel to spread and leaders to rise up during this time through sponsorship of these workers.
If you would like to support the work we are involved with overseas you can give on any of our platforms using the reference "missions." For more details on how to give click here.
Message from Dave & Lissie
04 Apr 2020
Options to turn your TV into a smart TV
25 Mar 2020
- Google Chromecast – $69
Available from The Warehouse or Noel Leeming
Once you have plugged the Chromecast into HDMI the instructions should come up on your screen. Just make sure your source is on the same HDMI port that the Chromecast is plugged into.
- SmartVU - $139
Turns your whole TV into a smart TV (Netflix, TVNZ on demand, FREEVIEW (without an aerial)
Covid-19 Update 4
24 Mar 2020
23 Mar 2020
Staying connected with one another is really important, but we also need to keep the most vulnerable in our communities safe. A great way to keep in touch with one another and have meetings remotely is through the Zoom app. We encourage you to download Zoom to keep meeting with your Lifegroup, family and those around you who you can’t see in person at this time. Check out the instructions below for how to set up Zoom.
Download Zoom here: https://zoom.us/download
Top tips for making it work well
1. Find a quiet place you won’t be disturbed, if possible (nothing worse than a dog barking to hold the meeting up)
2. Use headphones or earpods
3. The free version can only be used for 40 minutes so plan around that
Covid-19 Update 3
19 Mar 2020
Covid-19 Symptoms Chart
18 Mar 2020
Symptoms of Covid-19, flu and cold
Covid-19 Update 2
18 Mar 2020
Online services from THIS SUNDAY
No public church services
Kia ora, church family!
Wow, doesn’t everything feel a bit surreal at the moment with the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic!
We hope that you and your families are keeping well and feeling secure through this time.
Today we had to make a very difficult decision for the protection of our most vulnerable people.
We will not be having any public church services in any of our Grace Vineyard Campuses this coming Sun 22 March.
This is a big move for us and the first time in 20 years that we have not had a Sunday service. We really want to be socially proactive and responsible, and limit the spread of Covid-19 to protect those who are most vulnerable.
The good news is, our service will be available online this weekend, so you will be able to watch our service on your smart TV, computer or smartphone. You could even invite some friends around and do church in your own home while watching our service! We will give you all the details by Friday on how to view the service and all the relevant information.
Our team is feeling very optimistic about this new venture because it opens up a whole lot of new possibilities. It means more people can tune in from around the world and take part in our service, and we might be able to invite non-church going friends to join us in our homes to watch. There will be other Vineyard churches from around the country tuning in too.
To some, this may seem like an overreaction, or premature, but seeing what is happening overseas, it seems vital that we take action sooner rather than later. Many other large churches are doing the same thing, and together we feel a responsibility not to give any opportunity for this virus to spread.
Please contact us if there is any way we can help you,
With much love,
David and Lis MacGregor