Lockdown’s not over yet by a long stretch, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves. However, a number of friends and colleagues in organisations we work with have begun to develop resources to help churches and educational institutions reflect on the COVID-19 crisis and begin to plan for life beyond lockdown.
Knowing when best to use these resources needs careful thought, and most people we’re in touch with seem to be saying that there’s a window of opportunity at the point of emergence from lockdown – once the worst of the crisis has passed and before we begin to forget what it has been like. But knowing about these resources now may help us be prepared to use them when the time is right.
Group Reflection: Corona Time – Lichfield diocese’s discipleship, vocations and evangelism team lead, Lindsey Hall, who is also a Saltley Trustee, has been piloting a set of reflective questions to help congregations think through what has been learned from the crisis. The questions cover a range of topics including prayer, mission, calling and gifting, understanding of God, church buildings and congregational life. Click below for the draft questions, but we’ll add a revised version when developed.Corona Time
Living and Leading through Crisis – What is God Saying? – Guy Donegan-Cross, director of learning for discipleship and mission in the Church of England Birmingham, has developed a set of reflective questions on the ‘up, in and out’ dimensions of Christian discipleship (spirituality, church community and mission), in relation to three likely phases of the coronavirus crisis experience (drawing on an article by Christian cultural commentator Andy Crouch): the ‘blizzard’ of the immediate crisis, the ‘winter’ of the immediate period after lockdown, and the ‘mini-ice age’ 0f the long-term fall-out of the crisis. There is a set of questions in grid form, and another in column form. There’s also a short video here.Living and Leading through Crisis - Grid Style Living and Leading through Crisis - Column style
Preparing for the New Normal – is a United Reformed Church document designed to help congregations think through many of the practicalities of life after lockdown, particularly around worship, pastoral care and use of buildings.Preparing for the New Normal
Restore Schools is a reflective tool to help school leaders and teachers think through how to plan a humane and restorative return to school after lockdown, based on the RESTORE themes of Recognition, Empathy, Safety, [handling] Trauma, Opportunity [to change things], Relationships and Engagement. It has been put together by a coalition of organisations pioneering restorative approaches to education, including WM-based Peacemakers.Restore our Schools
If you know of other good resources being developed, which we could highlight here, do get in touch! We’ll update this page with more resources as they become available.