COVID19 update

Covid-19 Update, 1 April 2020

The spread of Covid-19 has resulted in the Government announcing unprecedented measures to restrict its spread and manage the well-being of people. We are all asked to stay inside and keep apart from other people. Even the local church buildings are shut.

However, we remain aware that this is a very anxious time for many people in the town. Apart from their own health concerns, people are worried about the welfare of their family members and friends. There are also immediate concerns over job security and the loss of income to pay even routine expenses for housing and food. We know that many workers in the town are on low wages and manage week to week.

Concern for each other is good, but worrying is harmful. There are agencies and  Government measures coming into effect that will help resolve problems.

As a Chaplaincy, we want to continue to provide support to people working in the town. Some shops continue to open but chaplains are unable to visit at present. We can continue to encourage, offer prayer support and signpost to agencies that may be able to help in different situations.

We can arrange for you to speak to a chaplain. To do that, please phone the office on 01256 842232 or send an email to trustee1@basingstoketownchaplaincy.org.uk

There is a general helpline run by Hampshire County Council for any Covid-19 concern. Coronavirus Hampshire Helpline is now up and running

If you are a vulnerable Hampshire resident needing extra support including accessing food or medication call 0333 370 4000  Helpline is available seven days a week, from 9am to 5pm.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has a helpline. If any of the elderly or vulnerable residents who are now in isolation in the Basingstoke area are short of food or unable to collect their prescriptions to please call the Basingstoke Council helpline on 01256 844844

Other advice and support the Council can give is on their website: https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/coronavirus#elem_62820
This includes help for businesses and advice about protecting yourself and others.

All of us at the Chaplaincy are praying that God will bless you and all the people of Basingstoke,will encourage us to look after each other and bring us through the health and financial difficulties of this pandemic.

A prayer:
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.