Get visiting to take the pressure off …

Posted on June 3, 2020 by Julian Smith

To see the pictures from the seaside, parks and other beauty spots, of mass protests in Central London and elsewhere, and to hear of the poor conduct of senior officials viz the lockdown rules, anybody would think lockdown is over in the UK! This just adds to the sense of frustration felt by us all, especially by those self-shielding for whom lockdown has been a particular burden over all these weeks and who see lockdown easing for everybody else. This week I’ve experienced several such persons having varying degrees of meltdown, including a usually robust person needing to contact their doctor. So what can we do to help? For starters we can ensure that we use the easing to-date to visit these friends particularly for a 2m distanced one to one outdoors, and that we make the most of the more liberal regime concerning our 2m contact with others outdoors. Our Chairman Andrew and I have visited practically all our congregation for a walk-out and will be keeping up those visits until the self-shielding and all of us can worship together properly again. These visits have been very well-received on each occasion and we’ve come away feeling them to be not only a positive experience for us all, but a most important one too. Even those not self-shielding or self-isolating, and in very comfortable and happy households, have reported feeling quite unhinged by the absence of our normal services and fellowship, and by lockdown more generally; and that these visits have done much to mitigate this. Such visits also take the pressure off those not comfortable leading virtual services and for our chapels to reopen to normal services. Any minister or other pastoral leader wanting their place of worship to remain closed for a longer period than government rules prohibit anon, would be well-advised to join us …