As I wandered down Princess Street in Edinburgh in a time before Covid, lockdowns and travel restrictions I took this picture. At the time, the positioning of the words ‘Try Praying’ and the Automated External Defibrillator amused me. It seemed at first glance to be a case of someone ‘hedging their bets’; if one didn’t work you could always try the other.
In reality though, the picture shows the operation of the church at its best. A mix of practical service and support underpinned by prayer, belief, and the expression of hope that Christians find only in the reality of living with God.
This mix of faith and works has been recognised across the nation as churches have reacted to the Covid-19 crisis. From the initial community support, through to the provision of premises and people to support Vaccination efforts. Throughout this, church communities of all types have come together to pray for individuals, communities, and the nation.
I think we all recognise that the effects of the pandemic will be with us for some time even after we are allowed to travel, go to the pub, take holidays and freely see friends and family. The economic, social and mental health impacts will be ongoing. Churches across the nation will continue to meet this challenge with a mix of Prayer and Practicality. Both in my view effective, necessary, and worthwhile.
This is why we are offering The Wellbeing Journey, a free eight-part online course to help individuals and communities address the challenges of our time. Focusing on having a wellbeing mindset: including physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, relational, and vocational well being.
Hosted by Simon Thomas (Prime Video Sport/ Sky Sports/ Blue Peter) and Joanna Adeyinka-Burford (BBC, Channel 5, Nickelodeon); The course is practical and free to all. So, why not join us on the Wellbeing journey?