Resources

Ministry resources

  • Everyone
    • Connect Card & Prayer Link | Fill one or both of these out if you want to learn more about COS and/or are in need of prayer 
    • Prayer time for Global Partners |  3pm on Thursdays
      • contact debrag@coswayne.org for more information.

emotional SUPPORT

This is a time that many are experiencing enhanced emotions.  Fear, anxiety, grief, sadness, and more.  We want to offer some resources to help you during this time including resources in the event of an emergency.  

Care | Church of Saviour offers the Care Ministry.  They offer a variety of services including grief share, cancer support, addictions help, emotional support, and assistance with counseling referrals.  Please contact Roy Shirley.  Roy will work with you to identify your needs and help with referrals as needed.  Church of the Saviour also offers Stephen Ministry, a lay care ministry that offers emotional support through life’s transitions.  This is a wonderful network of support.    

General Mental Wellbeing | It is normal to experience multiple and wide ranging emotions during this time.  We wish to offer some thoughts to help move you toward emotional health.  

HOW DO YOU MOVE TOWARDS GROWTH AND RESILIENCE? HERE ARE SOME THOUGHTS:
  • Begin each day with prayer/devotions. Seek God’s help.  
  • Find a prayer partner, join a community group, Bible Study, or Sunday School class.   Video connect to corporate church prayer time
  • Keep a Journal, noting feelings, aspirations, and answers to prayer
  • Practice gratitude
  • Remember “social distancing” is not Social Isolation - Zoom, Skype, phone calls, letters, email, etc can help us not to feel isolated during this time. 
  • Take mental “breaks”:   go for a walk, exercise, and practice slow deep-breathing. 
  • Look for joy in each day.   Laugh. Look for humor in situations.  This enhances  coping skills
  • Break the day into small “chunks”, set small, achievable goals, then act. 
  • Practice self-compassion, forgiveness and grace.  Each day is a fresh start.
  • Be aware of inner emotions, try to label and evaluate.  If feelings seem to be out of proportion to the situation, reach out to a friend, a confidant.  If feelings continue to escalate, you feel “stuck” or no one is available to talk to, please contact the  COS care team.  

Emergency Numbers | If you or someone you know is in immediate crisis, call 911. Suicide Prevention Hotline - 800-273-8255 - National Suicide Prevention Hotline

Crisis Services: 
  • Crisis Text Line - 741741 - Text the word “HOME” to this number to reach out to a Crisis Counselor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Delaware County Crisis Connections Team:  Phone: 855-889-7827:  this service is available 24/7 to children and adults in Delaware County who may be experiencing a mental health crisis (https://www.delcopa.gov/ich/resources/dcct.html).  
  • Montgomery County Crisis Services:  (855) 634-HOPE (4673) (https://www.montcopa.org/2064/Crisis-Services).  24/7 support available.  
  • Chester County:  610-280-3270. (https://www.chesco.org/1640/Emergency).    Services are provided through Valley Creek Crisis Center.  
  • Domestic Abuse:   If you believe you or your loved one is in immediate danger, please contact the police at 911. If you think that your relationship is abusive or if you know someone who you think is being abused, call the 24-hour Philadelphia domestic violence hotline at (866) 723-3014. The National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH) 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • Child Abuse:  Contact ChildLine:   1-800-932-0313 24/7.  In case of an emergency dial 911 or call your local police and then contact the Child Abuse Hotline, ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313. This toll free number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with caseworkers waiting to assist you.
Mandated reporters may report by telephone or electronically through the Child Welfare Portal. In addition, permissive reporters are individuals who are encouraged to report suspected child abuse, although not required by law. Permissive reporters can make a report at any time they suspect a child is the victim of child abuse. Permissive reporters may report anonymously. Permissive reporters can report by telephone by calling 1-800-932-0313.  

Physical Health

General Wellbeing: 
It is very important to care for yourself and your family during this time. It can be a time of uncertainty, increased demands and stress.  As such, it is vital to continue to care for your whole selves: spiritual, physical and social-emotional.

1. Exercise regularly: There are a number of good apps and videos available online. Here are some other ideas:
  • Go on a walk
  • Garden 
  • Set up a fitness obstacle course
  • Make fitness cards with a variety of exercises and do with your family
  • Set up a bowling alley with plastic water bottles
  • Play fitness Simon Says
2. Maintain good nutrition:
  1. Get adequate rest/sleep
  2. Hydrate/drink fluids
  3. Monitor your stress level (see Mental Health resources)
  4. Maintain health recommendations as per your physician including your current medication regimen

Understanding COVID-19; Symptoms & Resources | It is important to be aware of symptoms of COVID-19:  fever, loss of taste and smell, dry cough, difficulty breathing.  
 
Please consult your provider if you have these symptoms and please seek immediate emergency care if you/loved one has high fever, shortness of breath, bluish tint to lips, chest pain or increased confusion (CDC:  COVID-19 Symptoms)
Symptoms generally develop 2-14 days after initial exposure.  The following websites are excellent resources.  They offer guidance on symptoms, testing, general information, how to care for yourself or others if ill, myths, etc.  

Prevention: 

1)    Wash hands frequently for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or hand sanitizer
2)    Cough into your sleeve or tissue
3)    Do not touch your face
4)    Practice Physical Distancing:  Please allow for at least 6 feet between people when in public (Social Distancing Guidelines)
5)    Masks:  Wear a mask if in public: Homemade masks in general work to protect the public from those who may have COVID-19 but be asymptomatic.  It is not full protection but may be “better than nothing”.  Social distancing is still very important even if you are wearing a mask.
6)    Wear glasses rather than contacts.
 This provides protection and minimizes the potential for infection by touching your eyes
7)    Disinfect frequently touched surfaces:  
a)    CDC:  Household Ready
b)    Cleaning and Disinfecting

Medical/Medicine Support:
  1. Most physician offices are working to provide telehealth/remote care.  
  2. Please keep regularly scheduled appointments unless otherwise informed.
  3. Please continue your regularly prescribed medication. Most pharmacies will offer delivery.  
  4. In addition, the church has some congregants who are willing to pick/up and deliver medications. See “get help” on front page of the website.   
 
 
These resources were gathered by COS members who are healthcare providers.  We hope you find this helpful.  
 
Carolyn Robbins, RN, MS, CSN
Sylvia Maston, MD
Larry Anderson, D.O., FACEP, FACOEP