Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4.6-7
This is a very short “bullet point” guide to help you as we enter uncertain times. The COVID-19 outbreak is a huge challenge to us all. However, if we all act with resolution and kindness, we will be able to do a great deal to mitigate its worst effects.
Looking after your mind
We are all subject to worry and may find that we are preoccupied with concern over this virus. It is important to remember that we can do a lot to look after our mental well-being.
- Ask for help if you are feeling overwhelmed- call a friend, relative or neighbour, or contact Revd Kalantha or one of the contacts overleaf.
- Focus on what you can do to look after yourself and your loved ones
- Keep in touch with friends and family by phone, email or text
- If you are very anxious about your health and wish someone else to hold sealed details of your next of kin in case of severe illness, please let Revd Kalantha or one of the contacts overleaf know.
- If you are self-isolating, occupy yourself by doing those “things” you’ve been meaning to do forever- reading that book, tidying up the garage, digging the garden, learning to knit….
Looking after your body
- Follow advice from Public Health England. You can find local advice on the Worcestershire County Council Website and the NHS website
- Try to eat well- plenty of fruit and veg. Even if it’s tinned!
- Wash your hands frequently
- Avoid unnecessary contact and interactions with others.
If you are self-isolating:
- Take what exercise you can- even if it’s just the housework!
- Get some fresh air and daylight every day- go into the garden if you have one, but at least open the windows if you don’t have any outside space.
Looking after your Spirit
- Pray with others – even if we can’t join together, we will be praying in our homes at 8.15am and 6pm every day.
- Use the Daily Prayer App for the Church of England
- Go to the Church of England Website and use https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer
- Use the prayer resources provided at church. If you would like a copy dropped off to your home, please email Revd Kalantha email@example.com
- Tell God your worries
- Focus on God’s love and goodness
- Use the times of stillness as an opportunity to seek God’s presence
- Read the Gospels and the Psalms, Genesis and Exodus.
Looking after your neighbour
- Stay in touch- if we each stay in touch with the two or three neighbours closest to us by phoning them, waving to them in the garden, or dropping notes through their doors, the chances of someone getting overwhelmed or seriously isolated and depressed in the coming weeks will be much reduced.
- Please let Revd Kalantha or your local contact below know of anyone who is self isolating- whether they are regular members of our congregations or not. We need to be praying for and supporting as many people as we can.
- If you are able to get out and about safely (that is, if you do not have to self isolate) consider offering to run errands for someone who is stuck at home- picking up milk, prescriptions or shopping.
- Do not put yourself or others at risk. Drop things in a porch or a box. Keep your distance.
God willing, when this is over, we will all have found a renewed sense of neighbourliness and community. No doubt we have difficult times to go through in the coming months. We look to Jesus who suffered for us, died and rose again, to be our certain hope, our foundation and our strength.
Revd Kalantha: firstname.lastname@example.org 07808 295 457
Cath Thorpe (Contact for Hallow) email@example.com
Mike Beard (Contact for Lower Broadheath) firstname.lastname@example.org
Robin Humphreys (Contact for Grimley) email@example.com
Gill Wootton (Contact for Holt) firstname.lastname@example.org