Care for the elderly and vulnerable
We’re aware that those in the ‘at risk’ group may end up cut off, isolated and anxious if they are staying away from church events. We ask everyone to be mindful of those in HOPE and the elderly in our church family and community and to get in touch with them by telephone to find out if they need any help. Where consent has been given, contact details are available via ChurchSuite. Please contact the ChurchOffice (firstname.lastname@example.org or 01536 517553) if you need support in accessing ChurchSuite.
We encourage anyone from this group who needs practical help, reassurance or prayer to contact their cluster or Life group leader or the Church Office so that we are aware of your situation. We have a prayer group and are encouraging Life groups and community clusters to set up prayer networks and to offer help to collect groceries etc. Please contact the Love in Action team or Church Office if you would like to offer your support in any way.
Anyone from any group who is self-isolating should also let the Office know so that we can pray for their recovery.
Care for neighbours, friends and colleagues
This is a real opportunity to be on the lookout for people in your street or workplace who are affected in some way. Some people are dropping notes into neighbours to offer contact and practical help. Showing concern, getting to know people’s situations and offering practical help such as shopping puts our faith into action. Pray for people and, if it feels appropriate, tell them that you’re praying! We encourage everyone to show their support to all the people identified as being in key worker roles at this time: pray for them and shower them with kind actions and words of encouragement.
Care for yourself
Whether or not you are self-isolating or feel ill, all of us can feel anxious at this time. This is a season to care for one another and care for ourselves.
If you have not done so already, join a Life group, follow us on Instagram, Facebook or our YouTube channel. We share 'Thoughts for the Day' 3 times each week across all these platforms.
Perhaps this is a good time to connect with the Pulse prayer email chain. If you have any prayer needs, please contact the Office and we will let the Pulse prayer chain know. If you find yourself with more available time than usual, we’d encourage you to feed you heart and soul with worship and teaching rather than Netflix or catch-up TV!