COVID-19 Updates

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we will keep you encouraged and informed with the latest information. We are diligently monitoring updates and advice from the New Zealand Government to ensure the health and safety of all.

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Update: 10 June 2020, 1:40pm

We're pleased to announce our regular 10am church services are recommencing from this Sunday!

As you may have heard, New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 1 restrictions which means "...everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want."

Here’s what’s planned for City:

  • Our family-friendly 10am church services are back (every Sunday), superseding our temporary 9:30am and 11am services.
  • You do not need to register online to attend. Just come along.
  • Attendance restrictions will be increased from 60 people to our default maximum building capacity.
  • Our sermons will be simulcast live on Facebook AND YouTube every Sunday at approx. 10:45am. Watch on our website here.
  • City Kids will recommence this Sunday. Weekly episodes of City Kids TV will now conclude.
  • Morning tea will now be provided after each service.
  • Our Together Party is planned for Sunday 21st June. See our events for details.

We can’t wait to see you this Sunday at 10am!

Update: 8 June 2020, 10:21am

At 3pm today, the government is set to announce if New Zealand will move to Alert Level 1 restrictions. Under current proposed measures, this will see "everyone being able to return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want."

What does this mean for City?

Should Alert Level 1 restrictions come into effect before Sunday the 14th of June, we will implement the following changes with immediate effect:

  • Regular 10am church services will resume every Sunday, superseding our current 9:30am and 11am services.
  • You will no longer need to register online to attend this service.
  • Attendance restrictions will be increased from 60 people to our default maximum building capacity.
  • Sermons will be streamed live to Facebook at approximately 10:45am and uploaded to YouTube the same day.
  • City Kids will recommence. Weekly City Kids TV episodes will conclude.
  • We're planning a Together Party in the near future to celebrate. More details coming soon.

We can't wait for Alert Level 1 and will provide another update on Wednesday the 10th of June.

Update: 25 May 2020, 4:12pm

We're thrilled to announce the reopening of our doors from the 31st of May, with two church services every Sunday at 9:30am* and 11:00am. You will need to register online weekly to attend.

* Family service. There is no children’s programme, but activity packs will be provided for kids during the service.

Gatherings up to 100 people are now permitted under Alert Level 2 restrictions which means we're reopening our doors this Sunday. To ensure the safety of our community we're implementing the following:

  • A maximum attendance of 60 people per service.
  • Contact tracing of all attendees.
  • Physical distancing practices, including revised seating arrangement.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available at the door.
  • Please stay at home if you are feeling unwell.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where do I register to attend?
A. You can register here.

Registrations are now open to attend our church services this Sunday.

Q. Why do I need to register?
A. This assists contact tracing, while ensuring we do not exceed capacity (60 people).

Q. I registered, what now?
A. We’ll be in touch to confirm your attendance. You will need to register weekly.

Q. Is there a cutoff?
A. The sooner you register each week, the better. This helps us plan and confirm your attendance.

We’ll send a weekly reminder via email and social media.

Q. Who gets to attend if there’s high demand?
A. Priority is given to families with young children during our 9:30am service. Other seating will be allocated in order of registration.

Q. What if the service I register for is full?
A. The alternate service time will be offered if seating is available.

Q. Will the message be available online?
A. Yes, we will livestream our 9:30am service on Facebook. It will be uploaded to YouTube and Anchor thereafter.

Q. What about the kids?
A. City Kids will not be operating at this time. Instead, we will provide activity books and ask parents to closely supervise their children throughout the service. Please bring your own toys for your children to play with.

Our Parent’s Room will still be available upstairs for children under three years of age.

An episode of City Kids TV will be available to watch on Facebook and YouTube at 2pm every Sunday.

Q. Do I need to be a City regular to attend?
A. No. We love first time guests and look forward to meeting you.

Q. Will morning tea be available after the service?
A. No. Due to Alert Level 2 restrictions, we will not be offering morning tea at this time.

Q. How long will each church service go for?
A. Approximately an hour each.

Q. How long will this process continue?
A. We don’t know, but it is temporary. We’re closely monitoring government updates and look forward to life returning to normal.

Q. What if I have more questions?
A. Please contact us for further assistance.

Update: 15 May 2020, 9:32pm

Garth provides another update following the government's decision to move to Alert Level 2.

Update: 14 May 2020, 10:25am

Under Alert Level 2, gatherings are limited to 10 people or less, which means our "Together Party" will just have to wait a little longer. Our services will continue to be streamed live on Facebook every Sunday at 10am and uploaded to YouTube and Anchor thereafter.

Should you wish to get out of the house and socialise, we'd love for you to attend a local Connect Group in person. We've written to hosts across Christchurch to consider this possibility and make appropriate arrangements, (10 people or less in attendance).

If you would like to attend a local Connect Group, please:

  1. Contact your prospective Connect Group leader to discuss plans, or
  2. Register to join a Connect Group.

In addition to this, you might be willing to meet with others during our Facebook live church service on Sunday at 10am.

We will continue to monitor updates from the government and keep you informed.

Update: 9 May 2020, 10:03am

Will NZ move to Alert Level 2 next week? Garth gives an update as to what that might look like for City.

Update: 21 April 2020, 2:05pm

Pastor Garth gives an update following the government announcement on Monday, 20th April.

Update: 17 April 2020, 10:53am

The NZ government is set to decide the COVID-19 Alert Level on Monday 20th April, indicating Level 3 restrictions are possible.

What does that mean for church?

We're taking a wait-and-see approach, but at this stage, it looks highly likely our "new normal" will continue for the foreseeable future. That means church will remain online for now and our "together party" will just have to wait a little longer. Until then, we're busy planning the next phase of City life with fresh initiatives and activities planned with every step beyond lockdown.

View official Alert Level 3 information.

Update: 9 April 2020, 1:45pm

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Update: 3 April 2020, 2:37pm

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Update: 30 March 2020, 3:17pm

A new episode of City Kids TV will now be added to Facebook and YouTube at 2pm every Sunday.

City Kids is our dedicated children's programme featuring fun games, activities and Bible-based teaching. We've gone digital to help kids stay connected with the team and God while at home.

Update: 25 March 2020, 2:12pm

"Isolution" campaign launched!

A new campaign titled 'Isolution'

What are Isolutions?

We've created a new word! Isolution.

Definition: Solutions for isolation.

Like us on Facebook and Instagram for tips, ideas and fun activites for winning at home. Share with a friend who needs some encouragement.

See the complete list of isolutions.

Update: 23 March 2020, 7:57pm

The New Zealand COVID-19 alert level has been increased to 3 immediately and to 4 within the next 48 hours (effective Wednesday 25th March 2020).


  • All face-to-face Connect Group gatherings are cancelled.
  • Church services will continue to be streamed live on Facebook at 10am and uploaded to YouTube and Anchor at 11:30am.
  • The elders will meet remotely on Tuesday the 24th of March to discuss the latest developments and develop a plan.

Connect Groups

Due to the lockdown, all face-to-face Connect Groups gatherings have been cancelled.

We're encouraging everyone to:

  • Please remain connected throughout the lockdown using the phone and other digital communication platforms (i.e. Messenger). Now, more than ever, we need to ensure everyone is supported and encouraged during this difficult period.
  • Use this as an opportunity to get creative and explore new ways to gather together online using digital communication platforms (i.e. Zoom) to connect, reassure and pray for one another in small groups.
  • Periodically call people you know as the Spirit leads.

Watch Online

Despite the absents of our regular technies to produce our online content from City HQ, we're confident our Facebook Live church service will go ahead at 10am. This will then be uploaded to YouTube and Anchor at 11:30am.

Watch our first ever livestream church service from Sunday, 22nd March 2020.


Whether it's a one-off donation or regular tithing, every gift to City is an opportunity to partner with us and extend our community focused ministries. Dontate online now.

In the absence of cash and EFTPOS giving in person during our regular church services, we're exploring even more ways for you to donate with ease online. Watch this space.

Update: 20 March 2020, 1:31pm


  • The City elders met last night to discuss and develop a plan. They will meet again on Tuesday (24th March).
  • We've created a YouTube channel to help people view our church services online.
  • We're contacting Connect Group leaders to play a special role.

Church online

While our building might be closed, church is not cancelled. Join us online! We will be streaming our services live on Facebook every Sunday at 10am. The sermon will then be uploaded to YouTube and Anchor at 11:30am the same day.


Based on feedback received, we've created a new YouTube channel to store our church services online. We understand not everyone has access to Facebook and this is just another way for you to watch and connect with us. You do not need a YouTube account to access the platform.

Please bookmark our channel, like and subscribe for the latest City sermons uploaded every Sunday at 11:30am.

Connect Groups

We believe Connect Groups have a special role to play in the life of the church, particularly over the coming period. We're encouraging everyone to continue to meet¹ regularly, to socialise, support and pray for one another.

We're finalising details for people to meet in homes across Christchurch every Sunday, to watch our sermons live on Facebook at 10am or YouTube at 11:30am (audio available on Anchor). Please discuss with your Connect Group leaders for details, allowing time for everyone to be informed with the latest.

Looking for a Connect Group? Join today!

1. Please do not attend your Connect Group if you are feeling unwell. Contact Healthline.

Update: 19 March 2020, 3:42pm

In lieu of the latest announcement from the Ministry of Health...

  • Our physical church services have been CANCELLED until further notice1.
  • City sermons will be streamed live on Facebook and uploaded to Anchor shortly thereafter.

1. Our congregation is over the 100 people threshold now advised by the Ministry of Health.

New to Facebook?

Here are some helpful tutorials to help you set up and navigate Facebook.

We're exploring other ways for you to watch our church services online and will provide an update soon.

Further information

About City

City Church Christchurch has been meeting for over 84 years and during that time we’ve experienced about every season imaginable. By God’s grace we have been strengthened through the difficult times and remain committed to helping all find faith, hope and love through Jesus.

Encouraging Bible quotes

Find peace in the Word with these encouraging Bible passages to uplift and inspire faith during this global event.

Feeling unwell?

Please call Healthline for health advice and information.

Need prayer?

Send us a confidential prayer request online (can be sent anonymously). Our Prayer Ministry team would love to pray for you.

Need support?

We care deeply for you. You're not alone. Please contact us if you need assistance.

Connect Groups

Connect Group attendance is encouraged at this time. It's important we continue to meet together to socialise, support and pray for one another.


Thank you for your generous giving and continued support. Donations can be made online here.

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