Women's Ministries Activities during COVID-19
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Trans-European Division (TED)
[United Kingdom] British Union Conference (BUC) Women’s Ministries department has either initiated or currently involved with interventions in order to support women and their families, both without our SDA church and in the wider community during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, Women's Ministries based their activities around two passages of scriptures for in-reach and outreach initiatives.
In-reach: “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Outreach: “Don’t be concerned for your own good, but for the good of others.” 1 Corinthians 10:24 (NLT)
You will find below the list of interventions BUC Women's Ministries is currently undertaking and the corresponding photo collage which gives examples of eight of the ten listed activities.
- Volunteer badges made by our WM’s department and worn by our volunteers involved in our BUC 'Restoration' Convalescence Project for individuals and their families impacted by COVID-19 and/or recovering from COVID-19.
- Badges made by our WM’s department and worn by volunteers participating in the 'One Vision' outreach project to the community during the pandemic.
- The Shopping List Request Form created by our WM’s department and placed in the Wellness Bags for individuals requiring shopping assistance during the lockdown. We purchase the requested items and deliver to the homes.
- C.O.M.F.O.R.T book given as part of our BUC Bereavement Care Befriender initiative. So far, we have given out 172 copies to individuals experiencing bereavement during the pandemic. The majority were given to women who have lost their husbands, and families that lost a mother and or wife.
- Community Contact Cards made by our WM’s department. These were dropped through the doors of community residents reinforcing the Government’s COVID-19 Lockdown message for keeping safe (on the front) and inside a space for us to write a message of hope for them. Also including were contact numbers for them to call if they needed support.
- The three segments of our BUC 'Restoration' Convalescence Project – 'Revive, Renew and Restore,' that our ladies were engaged with. This encompassed wholistic wellbeing (emotional, physical, spiritual, relational and social health interventions) for surviving and thriving through the pandemic. (read more)
- Annalisa and Beth – These committed ladies are the two main cooks from the Stanborough Park Church (Outreach Hub) who are cooking the meals for our feeding initiative during the lockdown, and for our BUC 'Restoration' Convalescence Project.
- Wellness bags with relevant wholistic wellbeing publications and resources for individuals and their families impacted by and/or recovering from COVID-19.
- Zoom devotionals and audio nuggets for spiritual upliftment.
- Zoom meetings and training for our church sisters to help build emotional resilience during this time, and support the wellbeing needs of their families.
"Daily, we lift up prayers for those impacted by the COVID-19 Coronavirus and the families, friends and communities who are grieving the loss of loved ones as a result. We continue to petition God in our daily prayers as we seek His intervention to halt the spread of this virus. We stand on the power and promise of His Word in Psalm 91 as we embrace the protection that God offers us as we abide in Him," says Sharon Platt-McDonald, director of Women's Ministries, Health Ministries, and Adventist Community Services for British Union Conference.
TED News 8Oct202: BUC Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Women's Ministries
TED WM, June 2020, Women's Ministries newsletter, download PDF
Reported by Sharon Platt-McDonald, director of Women's Ministries for British Union Conference
Published in Mosaic newsletter, 2020 Q4, fall issue