Isolation and crisis-schooling can raise tensions within families and so the Crisis Prevention Institute has shared some free resources to help.
• Two guides for parents: The Power of Listening : https://www.crisisprevention.com/CPI/media/Media/download/PDF_Parent-Listening.pdf?code=EBIT01PLP&src=Resources&med=Website ,
and Managing Your Own Anger: https://www.crisisprevention.com/CPI/media/Media/download/PDF_Parent-Manage-Anger.pdf?code=EBIT01MAP&src=Resources
• 4 Tips for De-escalating Behaviours: https://www.crisisprevention.com/CPI/media/Media/download/PDF_DBPF.pdf?code=EBIT01DBPF&src=Resources,
and a more general list of de-escalation tips: https://www.crisisprevention.com/CPI/media/Media/download/PDF_DT.pdf?code=EBIT01DT&src=Resources
A Letter from CCNL Executive Director Barry Slauenwhite
Dear Pastors and Ministry Leaders:
I am writing to you today with a simple message: We are praying for you as a leader and for your family. As a pastor and ministry leader I know how difficult and sometimes lonely it can be leading through tumultuous times…but none of us could have imagined a time just like these days. We at CCNL want to encourage you and want you to know we are here for you.
It would be easy to offer words of platitude and maybe even quote scripture, but you already know these truths and you are being faced daily with the essential service of faith-building in others. May God strengthen you and give you wisdom. May He speak words of life from your lips and may He anoint you with the strength of His Holy Spirit for the task at hand. May He implant creativity in your mind for new ways of carrying out your ministry beyond the church walls.
I am sure you are making use of the many great resource links available, so I won’t inundate you with a bunch more except to remind you that the EFC and CCCC have great resources/links for your use.
There are several local helps and services available as well and I would be happy to point you to them – just send me a note.
There is one very helpful thing that some churches are doing to provide practical support during this time. As the body of Christ, we probably have the largest network across the city to mobilize and aid health care workers during this season. Here is an idea you might want to use:
1) PPE(Personal Protective Gear) Supplies
Many Hospitals and Clinics are already running low on PPE supplies which is very concerning. Churches can encourage their members to donate or make PPE products for clinics.
Donate (in order of importance):
- Isolation/procedure masks *with face shield
- N95 1870, 1870, 8210 masks
- Isolation Gown level 2 or higher
- All N95 mask models
- Children’s masks
- Full Face Shields
- Latex free gloves
• Masks can be made by following the video below.
2) Grab + Go Snacks
Providing workers with grab and go snacks will take one thing off their plate when their planning on heading into work. All items must be prepackaged. Examples:
- Toddler fruit pouches
- Granola Bars
- Protein bars
- Individual chips
- Individual fruit cups
- Individual rasin boxes
- Individuals cheese strings
- Bottled water / juices (not proffered because it’s hard to transport)
Right now, the Thames Valley Medical Health Unit is organizing a donations platform where people can give towards the relief efforts.
WHO TO CONTACT
Pastors can connect directly with the following organizations to supply them with products. They are trying to limit items being dropped off at these locations to Wednesdays and Fridays.
• Hospitals: HMMS (Hospital Supply) email@example.com
• Medical Clinics: Thames Valley Family Health firstname.lastname@example.org
There are many local and national prayer initiatives being organized to call on God for our country. I encourage you to get behind these events and mobilize your congregations an ministry teams to join in prayer. Check our CCNL.org website for ongoing details.
May the God of peace fill your hearts. Be encouraged for God is at work and God is using you as part of His solution.
With prayer and support.
Christian Churches Network of London