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Self-isolation can be a suffocating time for many. God designed us to be in relationship, and lack of social interaction has the potential to have a devastating effect on our mental health. However, we can always rely on our relationship with God, and there are steps that we can take to turn what the enemy aims to use for bad into good. Here’s how:

1) Pray
Mathew 6:6 (NIV) says, ‘But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you’. At this time, the door is shut to the outside world, so what better time to pray? Check out some prayer requests at https://www.energize.uk.net/pages/more_than_conquerors.

2) Study the Bible
The Word of God can help to strengthen us in times of trial, and this is the perfect opportunity to get to know our loving Father even better. As a start, why not meditate on Psalms 21 and 91? Put up post-its around the house to declare over this situation and remind you that you might be self-isolating, but you’re never alone.

3) Call loved ones
Just because you can’t meet people doesn’t mean that you can’t interact. Call those you love, especially those who are alone. Use the opportunity to pray together and encourage each other. Shine the light of your love into the darkness of loneliness.

4) Declutter your mind and your home
It’s time for a Spring clean! Keep yourself busy by decluttering your home and getting a bag ready for the charity shops once we’re let loose on society again. Then consider whether there’s anything cluttering up your mind that also needs to be handed over, to God. Sit down, relax and consider whether there is anyone you need to forgive. A parent? A friend? Yourself? Say out loud: “[Name], you [fill in what you need to forgive them for]. God has forgiven me, so I forgive you.”

5) Check out Energize at the Movies
Get the popcorn ready then pick a film to watch from https://www.energize.uk.net/series/61. Afterwards, look through the items related to it. Entertainment that brings us closer to God!

6) Count your blessings
When we go through difficult times, it’s easy to focus on the things we lack. But Philippians 4:8 (NIV) says, ‘Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things’. Use this opportunity to write a list of things you’re grateful for. At times when your mind starts to focus on anything that isn’t lovely, read through this list and thank God for your blessings.

7) Rejoice
We are told to ‘Rejoice in the Lord always’ (Philippians 4:4). That includes now! Put on your favourite worship songs and let the joy of salvation overcome the circumstances you’re in. Shout for joy!

 

University of Cambridge Museums
Looking for fun learning activities to try at home? From wildlife wanders to stories inspired by paintings, take your pick from a growing selection inspired by the University collections.
Guardians of Ancorra

An amazing virtual world that 8 to 11 year-olds can enter, and a place where the Bible stories come alive. App/Game for Phones/iPads

Praise Aerobics
From the wider Genr8 team
 
Bible Society
Bedtime App Suggestions
 
24/7 Prayer 
Interactive family Prayer ideas
 
GenR8 Easter Assembly
Easter Assembly video from GenR8 
 
Objectively Cool 
Science Experiments to teach the word of God
 
Same Boat Music 
Easter Craft Videos
 
Makaton Worship
 
Minno

Christian streaming service Minno are offering a “Church at Home” video each week with Bible stories, worship and more; free of charge and no need to sign up for a subscription.

 

If you know of any other websites/events please email Stacey (admin@bethelbaptistchurch.org.uk) so she can update this list.