For those with a pastoral care role or for your own self care, here are some helpful insights into dealing with this crisis.
Faith, Grief and COVID-19 – A Conversation.
Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, in addition to the resource they created for ACC’s Crisis Counselling Support Service, have produced a set of short films and reflections that can be used individually or in a small group setting. These are freely available and can be accessed here. https://www.sanctuarymentalhealth.org/grief
We saw an earlier version of these films and thought they were very good especially because they address issues of faith and psychology.
Fight–or–Flight or Tend–and–Befriend:
What The New Testament Might Teach Us about Our Stress Response, Elizabeth Oldfield, Director of Theos. This is a very thought proving short piece that may be helpful in pastoral conversations https://www.theosthinktank.co.uk/comment/2020/04/28/fight-or-flight
Resources from Spring Harvest
Sue Monckton-Rickett (our Chair) and her husband Chris, recorded three pastoral seminars for Spring Harvest At Home. The seminar topics were: Dealing with Change and Loss, Relationships and Conflict, and Caring for the Carers. All-important pastoral topics at any time, but perhaps especially relevant at the moment. Seminar notes and Resources can be found on the ACC website and the recorded seminars can be accessed for free until 31 May 2020 using this link: https://springharvest.org/spring-harvest-home-programme/
Links to Covid 19 collections
UK – Mind and Soul Foundation
The Uncertainty: Your mind will do anything to get away from uncertainty. There is almost nothing that troubles the human brain more than, ‘just no knowing’.
American Based – worldwide perspective
Christian news and views about Coronavirus. The best articles from Christianity Today on Coronavirus.
Daily Hope during lockdown, Free telephone line to hear comforting hymns and prayers.