We live in challenging times and here at Hope Church we believe that wellbeing is more important than ever. To that end, we’ve pulled together some resources to provide hope, reassurance and comfort.

If you are sick and not sure what to do, check out the NHS website for advice, speak to a pharmacist, contact your GP or phone 111.

If you urgently need to talk to someone, the Samaritans are available day and night. You can call them any time, free from any phone on 116 123. Sometimes writing down our feelings helps, you can also email the Samaritans – jo@samaritans.org. They are committed to a 24 hour response time.

If you are feeling worried, anxious or in need of support or care, you are not alone. We would love to pray for you and support you in any way we can. Please email connect@hopechurchnottingham.org

Click the tabs below for more information on well being. If you know of any other good resources to add then please let us know!

Dr Sally Bell

Dr Sally Bell | Dr Sally Bell is trained NHS GP, a practitioner of Functional Medicine and a friend of Hope. Dr Sally’s passion is to guide people back to health using an integrative medical approach. Stephen interviewed her in as part of our online service on April 25th. You can watch this back below.

You can learn more about Dr Sally and her work on her website www.drsallybell.com.

Building Immunity During the Covid-19 Pandemic

Sally also hosted a webinar for us entitled “Building Immunity During the Covid-19 Pandemic”, looking at the subject of health and well being and offering practical advice as to how you can strengthen your immunity to help fight off disease. You can watch this back below.

Government Resources

Here are some great resources to help with your mental health

NHS Every Mind Matters

Link – The official NHS site has loads of simple and practical advice on mental wellbeing and how to get more out of life, from how to deal with stress and anxiety, to boosting our mood or sleeping better.

We found the following of particular value:

  • Link – The Short Free Quiz to create your mind plan.
  • Link –  A special section dedicated to Covid-19 worries and anxieties.
  • Link – Some great free Apps. From easy meals and Couch to 5K, to cutting down on alcohol and stopping smoking.

Government Guidance

Link – This guide from the Government, in conjunction with the NHS, contains practical ways to support your mental health at this time. The suggestions are in line with current guidelines around social distancing to protect yourself and others. Within the main document there are links to support helplines, guidance for supporting children and young people, as well as practical signposting for those who are self-isolating or are struggling financially during this season.

Faith Resources

Link – Mind and Soul Foundation. A helpful website to educate, equip, encourage the church in engaging well with mental health and wellbeing.

LinkLifting the Lid. This is a great, free Bible study from the Mind and Soul Foundation partnering with Livability exploring God’s heart for mental health.

LinkSupporting Good Mental Health.  The Church of England have put together some excellent resources to navigate through these difficult times. This guide entitled ‘Supporting Good Mental Health’ presents 13 daily reflections to provide comfort, reassurance and hope.

Link – Mind, Soul and Body. A helpful blog exploring how we are whole human beings made by God, and how to help ourselves thrive in this time of social distancing.

Bible Reading and Prayer

Link – Thy Kingdom Come. This prayer movement led by the Archbishop of Canterbury now includes ideas for worshipping at home as a dispersed community.

Link – The Bible Project. A non-profit organisation helping people experience the Bible as a unified story that leads to Jesus. They have a website, YouTube channel and podcast to delve into. The Word Study videos and accompanying notes are a brilliant resource for small groups. Sign up for their newsletter for weekly Small Group notes.

Link – 24/7 Prayer. A worldwide prayer movement with many resources, including prayer apps Inner Room and Lectio 365. These can help us to pray individually, as a small group and as a church. 24/7 Prayer have produced helpful prayers regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and sign up is currently available for their 24/7 online prayer room.

Link – Practising the Way of Jesus. John Mark Comer and his church in Portland Oregon have been developing a fruitful framework for thinking about discipleship which includes video teaching, spiritual practices and study materials. This could be followed as an individual or as a group.

Local Resources

Link – Transforming Notts Together.  Transforming Notts Together is an amazing local charity committed to tackling poverty and isolation to change lives and communities. They have pulled together some fantastic resources on wellbeing in response to Covid-19.

Prayer Apps

Link – Lectio365. A firm favourite here at Hope. Written by leaders of the 24/7 prayer movement, Lectio365 is a daily devotional resource that helps you pray the Bible every day.

Link – Pray as You Go. An easy to use daily prayer app.

Link – Dwell. An amazing app for listening to Scripture, with a variety of voices and music to choose from. You can listen through a plan or to playlists. Use to listen to Scripture as a small group or with your family.

Link – Church of England Daily Prayer App.  Join thousands of others in the Church of England in prayer each day.

Other Resources

Link – Mental Health Foundation. If you want to speak to someone, please visit the Mental Health Foundation website, which has lots of helpful resources and contacts.

Link – Action for happiness. Action for Happiness have helpful tips on their website, including active coping calendars and 10 keys to happier living.