During the national-wide COVID-19 lockdown, Congregational Union of New Zealand (CUNZ) supplied food parcels and cash grants to those who were hardest hit, mainly due to loss of income. They were able to tap on the CWM Gift of Grace grant, which also went towards off-setting operational costs, and health and safety expenses related to COVID-19 protocols.

Beyond the monetary impact, it played a part bringing individual churches closer together in the process of solidarity as they shared experiences of the ongoing pandemic.