As the days go by there are lots of different places to get information about things to do – and lots of companies giving stuff away to keep us occupied. In this update we look at a few things which might be helpful to keep adults and kids entertained
Close to home – Parishioners are doing a few things:
April Gunn in Lighthouse & Blarney toddlers is updating our Lighthouse Messy Church facebook page with activities and videos she has found to be of use – check out – https://www.facebook.com/MessyinBlarney
On this page you’ll find latest news about all sorts of things- At the moment there’s lots coming in about all sort of helps available to people. Do take a read here
Latest update 23rd April
Below is info received from Cork City Council
Cocooning Support from Bank of Ireland
‘Cocooning Support’ has been offered by Bank of Ireland to make it easier for a trusted friend or next-door neighbour to help those in isolation. Customers who are self-isolating, or who may need to in the coming weeks and months, can nominate another person to make in-branch cash withdrawals and lodgements on their behalf. The facility has built-in safeguards such as limits on withdrawals and daily monitoring by Bank of Ireland’s dedicated Vulnerable Customer Unit.
Customers who wish to avail of this service need to complete the “Cocooning Support” form which is available on the Covid-19 Customer Hub on www.bankofireland.com. The facility is in addition to priority hours in branches for over 65s and carers (10 am and 11 am) Monday to Friday. There is a dedicated phone line, staffed by the banks Vulnerable Customer Unit, for – 1800 946 146 (9.30am – 4.30pm Mon-Fri).
Mind Your Mental Health
We need to look after our mental health. Here are some little things you can do to look after your mental health:
Keep active: Regular exercise can really give your mental health a boost. Talk about it:Problems feel smaller when they are shared with others. Talking about feelings is a good way to deal with a problem. Eat and sleep well: Having a balanced diet and a good sleep pattern will not only help the way you feel, but it will also help the way you think. Do something you enjoy: Setting aside some time to do something you enjoy, especially if you are not feeling great, will help you feel better. Stay in touch:Trusted friends and family are important, especially at difficult times. You do not have to face things on your own. Ask for help:Asking for help is not a weakness but a sign of personal strength. Everyone needs help from time to time and there’s nothing wrong with asking for it.
Meals on Wheels
The increased recognition of the importance of the meals-on-wheels service in improving older people’s nutritional status, health and quality of life has been recognised by The National Council on Ageing and Older People (NCAOP). There is an increased awareness of the service as a vital source of social contact and connectivity for many older people who are vulnerable to social exclusion and social isolation: The meals-on-wheels service provides regular meals and essential social contact for many older people and contributes to older people remaining at home and in better health. Meals on wheels services are available in all localities. If you need the service and have any difficulty contacting them please call the helpline:
On Wednesday 18th March we’re calling the Church of Carrigrohane to set aside time to pray for certain things during the course of the day to fast and pray. Please do this where you find yourself today- at home, work, out for a walk
Dear Parishioners Following Bishop Paul’s Pastoral letter this morning which we commend to your reading – available here We have taken the unprecedented step of cancelling all services in all of our buildings with immediate effect due to the Corona Virus. This is until further notice.
This includes the St. Patrick’s day service in Blarney. An Online morning prayer will be available on youtube and facebook on St. Patricks day live from Robert’s Study at 11am – check out www.cupcork.ie/hall for links
Please be assured of our prayers at this very difficult and confusing time. As a Staff team we are looking into ways to support parishioners practically. As you will know from last weeks update we are experimenting with web broadcasting – over the next few weeks we’ll keep you updated.
If we as clergy can be of support please do let us know. More updates will follow
We regrettably have to cancel our St. Patrick’s day Service in Blarney Church. However at 11am there’ll be a broadcast service at 11am on Facebook and Youtube from our Asssociate Minister’s study – A simple Morning Prayer service. All are welcome.
The staff team will be discussing the future services later this week.
Our live streaming can be found on https://www.facebook.com/cupcork or youtube Channel – which can be found here: www.cupcork.ie/hall