Wellbeing and Pastoral Care

It is vital that we care for our wellbeing during these unprecedented and uncertain times, whether we are clergy, laity or diocesan employees. As the initial period of lockdown has developed into a longer-term situation, many are feeling tired.

It is crucial that we continue to take our day off – a Sabbath rest is as important as ever. Although holidays to wonderful destinations are not currently possible, we should still be taking holiday leave. Employees should book holiday leave as before. Clergy may wish to seek cover from other clergy, or point their churches towards online services in another parish or to the cathedral service. If cover is an issue, please contact the Rural Dean, Archdeacon, or other means of support to assist.

There are many avenues of support available. The details of help available can be found here.

Additionally, a very useful and helpful article on Six Ways Ministers T.H.R.I.V.E. … during a pandemic can be found here.

Another article on dealing with clergy stress is available. It was prepared prior to the pandemic, so not all of it is fully relevant, but nonetheless provides a good reminder. Ten Ways to Cope with Clergy Stress - May 2020

The Wellbeing Group would also like to commend the Ten Steps to those reflecting on how we re-engage healthily with our churches, with our communities and with our selves. Produced by the Bishop of Tonbridge, Simon Burton-Jones, and reproduced here with permission, he encourages us to tune in, to show we care, and to offer hope.

The Wellbeing Group would like to commend the Ten Steps to those reflecting on how we re-engage healthily with our churches, with our communities and with our selves.  The Bishop of Tonbridge, Simon Burton-Jones, encourages us to tune in, to show we care and to offer hope.

 


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