The following is from the Christian Medical Fellowship, a group in a position to offer a great deal of support during these stressful times. Information given here may be useful for any of us, but it would be great if you could pass it along to any medics, nurses, midwives etc. you may think will benefit.
The Christian Medical Fellowship exists to unite and equip Christian doctors and nurses and midwives to live and speak for Jesus Christ. We hold local meetings to which any Christian Healthcare worker is welcome.
There are a number of helpful national initiatives as well which can be found on cmf.org.uk
CMF has a number of new resources online that may be of use to you and your church:
- When demand outstrips supply: A Christian view of the ethics of healthcare resource allocation during the COVID-19 pandemic
- A prayer for the end of shift
- A seven-day guide to praying for Christian healthcare workers
- How to care for healthcare workers in your church family
Also worth checking out is a recent episode of the Unbelievable Podcast from Premier Radio with John Lennox answering the question where is God in a coronavirus world? based on his just-published book of the same name.
Voices from the frontline
This podcast series gives personal accounts and prayer suggestions.
Thought provoking blogs from a range of viewpoints.
Pastoral Care and Well-being
We know that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be times of particular stress and tension. There will also be unique opportunities to share the love of Christ in word and deed. The CMF Pastoral Care and Well-being team are available daily to pray and listen when you need support or want to share the challenges you are facing.
We would invite you to e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org leaving contact numbers for a call back for prayer or conversation as necessary. Let us know what time would be best to call back. Alternatively, you may just log the issues you want the CMF team to pray for, and we will add them to our list of daily prayers, as we work together to serve health care workers and students at this time.
As ever, there should be respect for all patient confidentiality in any messages left. We aim to get back to enquirers within a maximum of 24 hours.
CMF 2020 National Online Gathering
How long Lord? Finding hope in Christ when the storm clouds gather
Registration is now open for the CMF 2020 National Online Gathering via Zoom on Saturday 25th April 2020 from 11 am to 3 pm (BST/UTC+1). Jonty Allcock (pastor at the Globe Church in central London) will be walking us through the Book of Habakkuk, and Dr Patrick Dixon (author, business consultant, futurist, and chairman of Global Change Ltd.) will be looking at Life Beyond COVID-19. There will be live interactive Q&A sessions, a chance to hear stories from around the world and group breakout times for prayer and sharing. Do join us and please invite other Christians in healthcare from all over the world to join us. This event is free to join, but registration is necessary.
Please go to cmf.org.uk/nationalconference for more information and to register.
Supporting final year students
As you are probably aware, many final year students of medicine, nursing and midwifery across the country are being propelled prematurely into working life due to the COVID-19 crisis. They will be a huge help to our health service and we’re so grateful for their willingness to step up, but this is inevitably an anxious and challenging time for them. We really want to support Christian students in this position and one great way to do this is by linking them up with more experienced members for encouragement and prayer. If you are a student transitioning to work, please email us at email@example.com for medical students, and firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re a nurse or midwife.