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S2 Week 13 @ Carey

Student Communication -
SEMESTER 2  |  WEEK 13
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Pass the Peace

“Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord…” 1 Thess. 5:12

This week Charles Hewlett was vulnerable with us at chapel. “This is an incredibly difficult time to be leading. Those we serve as leaders can be so hurtful, and never more so than in these anxious and divided times.”

This week I have spoken to a dozen different pastoral leaders up and down the country. They are all saying the same thing, and many of them are hurting. The weight they feel in helping their churches navigate life and love during these times is overwhelming for some of them. Maybe your pastor is hurting right now under the weight. Maybe they need you to acknowledge them, and to encourage them in their care for you.

This week our third-year pastoral leadership students were joined by six visiting pastors. The pastors were awesome, but they all talked about the cost of leadership: loneliness, the need for grit, the impossibilities, discrimination, unrealistic expectations, and navigating vulnerability. I love these pastors. They are people like you and me who are bravely serving people like you and me. I encourage you to reach out to your pastor today and “pass the Peace” to them.

The peace of the Lord be with you.

Jonny

Chapel Tuesday 26 October

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Come along and be ready to be encouraged!

Join us on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 941 1491 6933

Campus Remains Closed

You'll no doubt know Auckland remains at Level 3 until at least 1 November. Carey’s current Alert Level 3 arrangements continue to be in place, and campus remains closed to staff and students.

As a result of the Government's decision to maintain Level 3, we have decided that the remainder of classes for semester two will continue to be facilitated fully online.

We acknowledge that for many of you, continuing to study fully online will be difficult, and we are working proactively with the teaching teams and support staff to ensure that you have the best support possible. If you need additional support please do not hesitate to contact your teachers or any of the support staff. If you are struggling with assessment timelines please contact your teacher and/or Neroli. Do this sooner rather than later so we can work with you.

Labour Day Monday 25 October

There will be no Monday online classes due to Labour Day. We hope you are able to take some time to relax and reboot.

Monday classes will have a catch up session on 8 November.

Course Evaluations Have Closed

Thank you for those who completed the course evaluations. Your teaching team will be providing feedback to classes that were being evaluated in the next couple of weeks. Check your CareyOnline course for details. Your feedback helps us to continually explore ways of improving what we do. Your voice matters!

Extensions

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If you are worried about getting your assessments done in time and would like to request an extension, please contact Neroli Hollis and complete an Application for Extension form.

Welfare and Wellbeing Support

We continue to remind staff and students and friends of the college that physical and mental wellbeing is important, and can be supported through accessing a range of resources. 

The Government has compiled a list of services and support for physical and mental health, financial needs, and other support.

Click and Collect Available

While the library remains closed during Level 3, click and collect is available from 10am-1pm, Monday to Saturday. Please be in touch if you need any resources to support your studies. 

Prayer

May we each desire God to replace
Fear with hope,
Greed with kindness,
Deceit with honesty,
Grumbling with gratitude,
And anxiety with joy.
May we each desire God to consume our inner most being.
May we decrease so that you, God, can increase.

Covid-19 Update 19 October: Semester two classes to continue fully online

Rob Ayres -

Kia ora koutou. As you will likely already be aware, Auckland remains in lockdown level 3 (step 1) until at least Monday 1 November when the government will review the decision. It is becoming clear that the chances of a return to alert level 2 in time to allow a return to campus for any part of semester two are highly unlikely. We have therefore made the difficult decision that the remainder of classes for semester two will continue to be facilitated fully online. Please check your courses on CareyOnline for specific details and links for your classes.

It is also clear that Covid-19 restrictions will affect our scheduled end-of-year celebrations and farewells – and a final decision on those events will be made in the near future. These decisions align with the advice from the Ministry of Health and NZQA, and have been made in the best interests of protecting all of our staff and students – and wider communities.

We acknowledge that for many of you, continuing to study fully online will be difficult and we are working proactively with the teaching teams and support staff to ensure that you have the best support possible. If you need additional support please do not hesitate to contact your teachers or any of the support staff. If you are struggling with assessment timelines please contact your teacher and/or Neroli (neroli.hollis@carey.ac.nz) – do this sooner rather than later so we can work with you. Remember that the library continues to be available for click and collect services Monday to Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm. Look out for each other, take care and please reach out if you need any support.

For the most recent advice on Auckland restriction and the three step plan announced on Monday 4 October please refer to the Auckland Regional Covid Advice page. Other specific regional advice can be found on the Government’s Covid Advice page here. Again - stay safe and look after one another. Kia kaha, kia manawanui.

S2 Week 12 @ Carey

Student Communication -
SEMESTER 2  |  WEEK 12
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Decisions

What is it like to be a librarian during a lockdown? One word sums it up – decisions.

Quarantine or not to quarantine books. Wipe or not to wipe all returned books. Zoom or Teams. 1 or 2 meters apart. Electronic or print. Disposable or cloth mask. EBSCO or Proquest, to name a few.

Despite all the decisions, God created rainbows to remind me that he is still under control. During this lockdown, I was blessed to be able to see several rainbows. There was one day, I saw two rainbows. One in front of my house and the other at the back of my house. I paused and admired it, and I smiled to myself. I am grateful to be reminded of God’s covenant that he will never again destroy all life – Genesis 9:12-17.

Now, back to decisions. Jacinda or Ashley. Oh well... you will have to email me to find out.

Siong

Chapel Tuesday 19 October

Charles Hewlett, Baptist national leader and former Principal of Carey Baptist College, will be sharing with us this week, so be sure to tune in at 11.15am for what's sure to be an enriching time together with Phil Halstead curating.

Join us on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 941 1491 6933

Campus Remains Closed

With Auckland still at Level 3, Carey’s current Alert Level 3 arrangements continue to be in place. This means that the campus remains closed to staff and students.

All classes (weekly taught and blocks) will be taught online via Zoom until at least Friday 23 October.

We will make a decision about the final two weeks of semester before that date. The weeks starting 8 and 15 November remain as the planned study/reading weeks, with some Monday classes having a catch up session on 8 November to account for Labour Day.

Course Evaluations - Due 18 October!
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If you want to make Neroli very happy, please complete your semesterly course evaluations this weekend. The link to the survey is found in your CareyOnline course. We value your input and feedback as we seek to improve our courses.

Number Name Survey Completions
MB6/728 A History of the Gospel in Aotearoa 8
MB531 Intro to the Old Testament 6
MF478 Faith Engaging Social Issues 0
MB6/740 Acts: A Missional Reading 7
MB6/723 People of God 15
MB6/733 Worship and Wisdom 3
MM6/769 Gospel and Youth 5
MM6/777 Family and NZ Society 5
MM663 Introduction to Preaching 8
MA826 Kingdom Economics 2
MA827 Theology, Race and Church 4
MA828 Discipleship and Gospel Transformation 4

The deadline for completion has been extended to 18 October so that the feedback can be collated and lecturers can respond to it in week 15. Please contact Neroli Hollis if you have any questions.

Extensions

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If you are worried about getting your assessments done in time and would like to request an extension, please contact Neroli Hollis and complete an Application for Extension form.

Super Saturday Vaccination

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The Government is sponsoring Super Saturday, an initiative to vaccinate as many people as possible. If you've yet to get your first or second jab, or have friends or whānau needing theirs, Super Saturday is a perfect time to get vaccinated. Vaccination centres across Aotearoa will be open all day and into the evening to get our numbers up.

Welfare and Wellbeing Support

We continue to remind staff and students and friends of the college that physical and mental wellbeing is important, and can be supported through accessing a range of resources. 

The Government has compiled a list of services and support for physical and mental health, financial needs, and other support.

While the library remains closed during Level 3, click and collect is available from 10am-1pm, Monday to Saturday. Please be in touch if you need any resources to support your studies. 

Prayer

We are praying that you find time to feel refuelled in your spirit, renewed in your mind, refreshed in your body, and relaxed in the knowledge that the Father is holding you.

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