First of all, a huge thank you to all of our members for all you are doing in your work to help maintain the health service in the UK and in many other nations in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Whether you are frontline NHS staff, working in a teaching or administrative capacity or are out of practice but joining with the body of Christ in prayer or volunteering, you are all doing great work. An extra thank you to all of you who are helping CMF to respond practically and prayerfully to the pandemic.
As the situation is changing so rapidly we plan to send shorter, more frequent editions of E-News in the over the near future, probably every 1-2 weeks. We know that many of you are incredibly busy, but we want you to know ways in which you can get support from CMF and ways that you may be able to help us give that support.
1: The CMF Pastoral Care and Wellbeing team are able to offer one-to-one support and are creating a range of written resources at https://cmf.li/PCWP. We know many of you would like to talk to one of the team or to volunteer to help support other members, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them to phone or email you back. And check out the 1st incision podcast published this evening (Friday 3 April) which explains more about the vision and aims of the pastoral care and well-being ministry.
2: COVID1900Prayer, each day at 7 pm (UK time) we gather together on Facebook Live and Instagram Live to share a brief devotion and to pray for needs sent in by members. Do join us in person if you can, but don't worry if you can't. One member shared with us that his team stop to pray at 7pm in their unit, and that many non-Christians are now joining them, some admitting they have never prayed before. Pray wherever, whenever and however you can. You can check out previous prayer videos on Facebook, on our YouTube channel.
3: Save the date! ! CMF COVID-19 Summit online (replacing National Conference), Sat April 25 - We can't meet for our normal residential National Conference, but the conference theme of 'Finding Hope in Christ when the Storm Clouds Gather' has never been more relevant. We are planning to host an online day on Saturday 25 April via Zoom that will include input from our main speakers, Jonty Allcock and Patrick Dixon, testimony from members, time to pray and seek God, and some breakout sessions. More information will follow shortly - we would love you to join us, and it could be a great way to invite other Christian doctors, nurses and midwives to experience the CMF community. Watch this space for more details in the coming weeks. If you would like to share stories of how you have seen God working in this pandemic, or if you have ideas to contribute to the programme, please contact email@example.com. We would love to hear from you.
4: The Royal College of Physicians clarified their position on assisted dying this week. They made it clear the College is not supporting legal change at this time. This small but significant shift of position makes it clear that the College was not endorsing assisted suicide by their decision to go neutral twelve months ago. CMF publicly welcomed this clarification. Give thanks to God and continue to pray for the situation; the BMA is due to release its own members' poll results, and will debate its own position at some point, when decisions are made on its postponed Annual Representatives Meeting.
5: We have a range of online COVID-19 resources to share with your church leaders, healthcare colleagues and with your local CMF group - check out our resources page at https://cmf.li/covid19Res . We have posted a number of blogs on all aspects of our response to coronavirus as Christian health professionals, with new posts going up daily. There are brief podcast interviews in voices from the frontline, as well as links to other resources in the UK and internationally. Please use these for your own edification and to introduce others to the vital support network that CMF can offer.
6. Please get in touch if we can help with anything. We are collating and responding to specific prayer requests from members for themselves, their colleagues and their hospitals and practices through firstname.lastname@example.org and all the CMF staff are working from home and accessible by email - contact email@example.com if you're not sure who to ask, but please don't stay silent!