Community outreach

ESOL

English & Bible Classes Are Being Suspended

英文班圣经班暂停通知

Kia ora everyone   大家好

Class suspension – As the situation concerning Covid-19 has got worse over the last week, on advice from health specialists, we have decided to suspend the English classes on Tuesday until further notice. David and Barbara will be in touch with their own class about the ESOL Bible classes。

课程暂停:因近一周来新冠疫情的蔓延也基于健康专员的建议,我们决定暂停周二英文班课程直至后期通知,圣经班的两位老师也会通知相关学生停课的消息。

We are there to help – We want to keep in touch with our students. If you need help or advice then you can email, text or call your teacher, or email to me.

虽然课程暂停了,但老师们仍愿意一直和大家保持联系。如大家有何需求或者想法可随时通过邮件,短信或电话的方式同老师们联络。

Stay in touch with other students – We ask students to make the effort to continue to keep up contact with other students that you have met in class. Isolation can be lonely for many people. If you know someone, then call them for a chat regularly. Isolation is only for stopping the physical close contact, but we can continue our emotional connection.

请各学生之间也彼此保持联系。隔离导致很多人倍感孤单,如果您身体有这样的孤独者请通过电话及时关心问候他。隔离只是暂停大家密切接触但阻隔不了我们的情感联结。

The St Georges church services are also going to be stopped until further notice.

教会每周日的敬拜仪式现在也暂停了直至后期通知。如需了解更多教会信息,可进入教会官网查询。

We trust that sooner, rather than later, the virus will be controlled and we can meet again in safety and confidence.

我们都坚信用不了很久,疫情得到很好控制后,我们终将再次安心相聚!

A dedicated team from St George’s and beyond continue to run weekly ESOL classes on Tuesday mornings from 10am to 12 noon during school terms at St George’s, with numbers now reaching a maximum of 90 participants. On Thursday mornings over 20 attendees also participate in ESOL Bible classes. This is the seventh year the classes have been operating as our community outreach service.

On Tuesdays there are now seven classes running, from beginner to advanced levels. Classes are based primarily on raising the learners’ conversational skills in English, while also increasing their awareness of NZ culture and knowledge of Christian topics. Our Co-vicars also visit fortnightly to meet the students and provide a singing highlight with the group for a few minutes at the end of morning tea.

The Thursday morning ESOL Bible study is now running regularly at two class levels.  Most of the participants have attended the Tuesday ESOL classes, but now some of the attendees come only to the Thursday classes.

The majority of students are Chinese, although there are several other ethnicities as well, including Sri Lankan, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Columbian and Pakistani.  Learners are enabled to build links with each other and with St. George’s people, as well as participating more confidently in community activities. Many have expressed great appreciation for the opportunity to socialise in these classes, as some come from very isolated situations, where their main role is often supporting their children or grandchildren at local schools.

Shared lunch

Twice a year we hold shared lunches, where the learners bring along dishes from their countries. This provides extra opportunity for deeper communication and establishing friendships with each other and the ESOL team. Classes are free, but we accept voluntary donations from most students towards the morning teas and photocopying.

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