I received an email from our diocesan office yesterday: “Back to Church Sunday in New Zealand CANCELLED for this year
I thought it was a joke, and clicked on the link provided: here

Note for my overseas readers: back to church has been cancelled nationally, not just in Christchurch, where, as you know, some of our church buildings it is not possible to go back to (even that comes from an understanding that church is a building – rather than we are the church, the building is there to stop the church getting wet).

…is it now not possible to come back to church in New Zealand… is it forbidden…has our Calvinistic party triumphed with its double-predestination…

Possibly not unrelated: some of our churches are closed needing some repairs after the earthquakes. Their communities have often moved, sometimes several suburbs away, eg. to school halls. The notice boards of the closed church buildings don’t provide, alongside the information of where that particular community now meets, information about the nearby Anglican churches that are still functioning fine for local people thinking about coming (back) to church…

I didn’t know what to put for tags for this post – but if you don’t laugh about it…

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