As I write this article, the country ends its fourth week of lockdown because of the COVID-19 virus.
Times are difficult for many people are present. People are struggling with self-isolation and concern for family and friends, some of whom are local and some of whom aren’t.
Yet, in the midst of the difficulties and darkness of the effects of this virus, there are bright glimmers of light, as we hear:
- Of recently retired medics returning to the front line, fighting the virus in hospitals all over the UK. People putting themselves at risk to help those who are vulnerable;
- Of people purchasing shopping and/or picking up medication for those who are self-isolating and unable to et out;
- The applause every Thursday night for NHS workers and carers;
- Of people donating to Captain Tom Moore as they sponsor him for walking 100 laps of his garden and raising (at the the time of writing) 27.1 million for the NHS. Not only did Tom himself do an amazing thing, but also the many thousands who have sponsored him.
In the midst of self-isolation, what I keep encouraging people to do is pick up the phone and speak to someone, or video calling if they have the technology.
Talking is so important. WE have seen that in recent weeks, when were encouraged before a recent game to listen to a recording of Prince William and others encouraging the “Every Mind Matters” campaign.
I find that myself in my role as a Church Minister and Chaplain at the Football Club, listening to people. It is a huge privilege to be a listening ear to someone.
If you are in need of a listening ear, then please feel free to contact me as Club Chaplain and I will be happy to spend some time listening to you. If you prefer to contact me by email, please do so. My contact details appear at the bottom of this article.
Please be assured of my prayers for all the staff, players and children in the Academy in these times of self-isolation.
Stay safe and God Bless,
Revd Richard Bradley
(Rochdale AFC Chaplain)
Contact details: 07483155807 or firstname.lastname@example.org.