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Coronavirus Golden Rules from Father Simon 

27th March 2020


There is much worry about Coronavirus at present and we must all heed government health advice. As Christians we do well to consider how this relates to our faith and a key question is, “how does this affect our relationships with one another?”  I was grateful when I read the following, issued by the Bishop of St Albans. Maybe you’ll find it useful too
Golden Rule One: each one of us can think about how we can protect and support our neighbours. So much of the public rhetoric is sowing fear about the danger of other people. So, taking all the official precautions, offer help and reassurance to others –and don’t demonize anyone or any group
Golden Rule Two: think about who may be suffering more than me. For those of us who are healthy there is much less to worry about but the elderly, the housebound, and those with chronic health conditions may be very anxious. How about each church undertaking an audit of all the vulnerable people they know and sharing out the responsibility to phone them each day. There’s nothing like a friendly voice to offer solace when someone is worried. A smile can bring cheer, even on the phone. If you visit, follow all the official precautions or don’t go
Golden Rule Three: don’t give into panic and start hoarding food. There is plenty to go around, so practice the Christian discipline of sharing. Ask neighbours what they need and do you best to help them get it. If you are self-isolating you will of course need some supplies
Golden Rule Four: live today to the full. None of us ever know what the future holds. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6. 25 – 34), Jesus challenged his followers to live each day fully and not be afraid. Every time we are tempted to give in to fear we need to make a conscious choice to respond in trust and openness
And don’t forget to pray. Here’s a suggestion:
Dear God our Shield and our Defender, guide and protect my neighbour in this time of health emergency; deliver them from all harm and may your love and care ever grow in this place. Through Jesus Christ, Our Lord, Amen

as published in Great Yarmouth Parish Life