Caring for the Congregation
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Coronoavirus Anxiety Workbook
We hope you and your family will find this workbook, developed by The Wellness Society, a valuable tool for building resilience during difficult times. Gwen Whiteman, Director of Children’s Ministry discovered this workbook in her research and the Congregational Care team endorses.
Thursday, April 30, 2020
Continue Caring during COVID
Hopefully, we are all washing our hands, physically distancing, staying home. But many people have asked the Congregational Care Team, “What can I do?” “How can I help care for people?” “Who can I call?”
If you need a few ideas to kickstart your coronavirus community care, check this out. Pick one or two or more and get started. No special training required!
- Volunteer. If you are healthy and able, give some of your time to organizations serving critical needs who now find themselves short on workers.
- Donate. If you are financially stable, consider increasing your generosity. Give your stimulus check to the Food Bank or other essential group, increase your gift at church, bless your favorite relief organization.
- Encourage. Tack a thank-you note to your mailbox, trash bin, front door. Post something in your small group or Sunday school class. Text a former classmate. Email a school administrator or teacher. Send someone flowers or fruit.
- Mail it in. Buy postage stamps, then send cards, notes, letters, photos to friends and family.
- Give blood. The American Red Cross and the Blood Connection are both in need.
- Share resources. Do a porch exchange of puzzles or books. Leave sidewalk chalk at the end of your driveway so the neighbors can leave inspirational notes and friendly greetings. Thin out the garden and share extra flowers and plants.
- Make the call. Telephone someone who lives alone. Grab an old church directory and call everyone whose name starts with N or H or whatever letter you choose. Leave a voicemail for a family member they can play back when they miss you.
- Schedule a virtual playdate. Read to grandbabies. Pull toys out of the closet and build a racetrack or have a tea party with your preschool niece or nephew. Listen to your neighbor’s elementary student read to you. Observe that middle schooler practicing their instrument. Challenge a high schooler to an online game of chess or cards.
- We are family. Take faraway family with you virtually as you walk through your yard and show them how the places they love are welcoming spring. Invite family into your kitchen virtually while you cook, then enjoy Sunday dinner “together”. Have a family movie night across the miles with a Netflix Party or host a Facebook watch party. Popcorn optional.
- Won’t you be my neighbor? Offer to pick up groceries, prescriptions, or other supplies for those near you. Even if they are fully stocked, just sharing plans with one another can be helpful.
Have more great ideas for connecting and caring during coronavirus? Go for it!
Monday, April 20, 2020
Our friend Robert Cooke, Pastoral Counselor at TPC (Triangle Pastoral Counseling), offers us skills to combat loneliness.
Great Books on Loneliness:
400 Friends and No One to Call: Breaking Through Isolation and Building Community by Val Walker, 2020. Free Audiobook on Amazon.com; paperback for about $20 + shipping
Emotional First Aid: Healing Rejection, Guilt and Failure by Guy Winch, 2014, paperback for about $18.
The Little Prince by Antoine de St. Exupery, 1943 (can read on Kindle for free)
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway, 1940
PsychologyToday.com. Type “Loneliness” in the Search box.
Ted.com. Type “How to Connect with Others” in the Search box.
Friday, April 17, 2020
Resources for preventing the spread of Covid 19
Stay Home. We encourage everyone to obey our North Carolina and Wake County “stay at home” order. Information on the stay at home order and resources to help everyone stay well can be found below:
State of North Carolina stay at home instructions
Wake County Stay at home instructions
Resources from the CDC to help prevent getting sick
New CDC guidance on face coverings for Covid-19
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Our friend Robert Cooke, Pastoral Counselor at TPC (Triangle Pastoral Counseling), offers us tools for managing anxiety and staying connected with our faith in a time of crisis.
Resources for Managing Anxiety
Overcoming Anxiety for Dummies by Charles Elliott and Laura Smith.
www.YouTube.com Enter “Ted Talks on Anxiety and Stress”
NAMI, National Alliance on Mental Illness
www.NAMI.org 800-950-NAMI or Text “NAMI” to 741741