Hello everyone,

Life has suddenly changed and our habits, structures and ways of living have been disrupted. Many of you now are in self-isolation or social distancing from others, and this is going to be challenging. But GOD IS GOOD and we want to help you in any way we can.

We recognise that all of us need some structure in our day, it keeps us in healthy rhythm and will be important for us. Just simple things like getting dressed, making your bed and healthy eating will be important at this time. So, we are suggesting that we all stop and pray at 12 noon and 6pm each day for just a few minutes. You can choose to pray The Lord’s Prayer, or your own prayers at this time. But why not set yourself a reminder, so that the whole church can be united in prayer at those times?

Journaling also is a good idea during this time. Write down your thoughts, ideas and prayers.

The following are further ideas for families, couples and individuals while at home following last Mondays new government guidance:

Self-isolating/social distancing as a family with younger children

We recognise that this time is challenging. We don’t want children to be fearful, but their lives will be changing and they need help in understanding this.

  1. Set up a family plan together. Write down these points and pin them up.
  2. Set some family rules and aims. Write them down and pin them up.
  3. Pray together as a family
  4. Talk about and set expectations at the beginning. Discuss what’s happening, why it’s not a holiday, what you and your children think will be difficult.
  5. Recognise that this is not easy. Be kind to yourself and to your family.
  6. Take walks as a household and exercise at home or in your garden (perhaps set up a sports day).
  7. Get creative! Find a new craft to take up.
  8. Use online school resources for learning and fun together.
  9. Limit screen time and explain why!
  10. Cook together.
  11. Keep in touch with other families using video chats (FaceTime, Zoom, etc).
  12. Allocate spaces to each family member for alone time when needed.

Self-isolating/social distancing with teenagers

You may have teenagers that are happy to be at home, while others will not understand and really struggle when they are used to more freedom

  1. Talk to your teenagers about what is going on and give the reasons why things are changing.
  2. Make a plan about how you are going to get through this time, make some rules together.
  3. Encourage them to connect with the Soulfire Touchdown, Episodes and Devotionals
  4. There are also lots of wonderful other resources out there that can help with reading the bible and prayer (like YouVersion or Lectio365).
  5. Include exercise in their routine, perhaps a walk/run with family or their own, or an exercise video in the house.
  6. Encourage them to limit screen time and explain why!
  7. Encourage them to keep in contact with friends via text and phone.
  8. Get creative or do something practical
  9. Get them cooking.
  10. Be kind to yourself and each other

Self-isolating/social distancing on your own

We recognise being alone during this time is a very difficult thing. It’s important you stay as connected as possible.

  1. Set up a plan for yourself to help you through the day.
  2. Start each day with reading your Bible and praying.
  3. Go for walk if you can or do some sort of exercise at home.
  4. Get creative or do something practical.
  5. Contact other people on the phone and by text.
  6. Do a puzzle or get a puzzle book.
  7. Watch something funny or uplifting on TV. Limit your news intake.
  8. Think of how you can support or encourage someone else.
  9. Read a good book!
  10. Read scripture and focus on something good before you go to bed.

Self-isolating/social distancing as a couple

We recognise that isolation can put strain on relationships. It’s important you talk together about your fears and your plan for the days ahead.

  1. Set up a plan for you both to help you through the day.
  2. Start with reading your Bible and praying together.
  3. Go for a walk by yourselves or exercise at home.
  4. Get creative or do something practical.
  5. Contact other people on the phone and by text.
  6. Do a puzzle together or get a puzzle book.
  7. Watch something funny or uplifting on TV. Limit your news intake.
  8. Think of how you can support encourage someone else.
  9. Read a good book!
  10. Read scripture together and focus on something good before you go to bed.

This is a time in our community where there is an increase of pressure, stress and fear as well as abuse in families and couples. We pray for our community and people vulnerable in this way. Keep kind, keep patient, set boundaries, new routines and love each other. We are together in this.

Dan, Simon, Bruno, Lou, Will, Jennie, Roger & Phil

Revelation Family Church Leaders Team

 

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