MCC Photo/Ken Ogasawara

MCC Thrift on Kent volunteer, Anne Brubacher, smiles behind her mask.

Living through a global health crisis is taking a toll on our physical and mental well-being. As the lockdown continues, we are experiencing a roller coaster of emotions from sadness and anger to tiredness and feeling groggy.

Now, more than ever, acts of individual and collective kindness and leadership from the faith community can have a powerful impact. Our families and community need this from us.

This requires radical acts of kindness in new and creative ways. It requires us to think and act locally and globally.

Here are some ideas:

  • Reach out with acts of kindness to your neighbours – bake for them, get their groceries, shovel their sidewalk.
  • Share from your wealth – give generously to local and international organizations who are working with vulnerable and marginalized people as there is increased need with the lasting effects of COVID-19.
  • Reach out to those who are lonely – send cards, make phone calls, connect online.
  • Follow the advice of local Public Health authorities so we all stay safe and healthy – which includes advice about vaccines.
  • Help share the facts from reputable sources about what keeps people safe. This resource contains videos, posters and up-to-date information that can be shared on social media and in your communications to your congregation.
  • Consider offering your church facility as a COVID-19 vaccination or outreach site.

Remember, each time you wear a mask, wash your hands or practice social distancing, we are protecting our communities and getting closer to putting the pandemic behind us.