Physical distancing: good; social distancing: bad!

As we all make radical changes to our behaviour with others it’s important to remember how vital it is to keep our social relationships close. Thankfully, most of us have the technology to help with this. Here’s a couple of articles from Psychology Today (USA) that you might find encouraging:

10 Ideas for Coping with Loneliness During Social Distancing

Let’s Aim for Physical Rather Than Social Distancing 

If you have any queries or worries about how you can maintain contact with friends and family, do email us at

Resilience in a time of uncertainty

Our banner photo could be seen as being a bit cheesy, especially at a time of unprecedented uncertainty and worry. But we’ve put it up there as it does reflect part of the reality of the ‘here and now’ of life in Colchester’: the pic was taken yesterday from Greenstead slopes, looking towards the town centre.

It’s easy at this time to be totally consumed by the latest news reports about the epidemic, and the effect on body, mind and soul can be very negative.

So while we do not in any way minimise the seriousness of this situation, it’s also vitally important that we all take steps to nurture our own mental health to maintain psychological and physical resilience over the coming months. This is important both for ourselves and for those we care about or are caring for.

We can start with keeping a focus on ‘counting our blessings’ – often there are many more than we acknowledge from day-to-day. The first blessing to think of might be the lengthening and sunnier days, and the signs of spring all around.

Very soon, we’ll be posting here more thoughts and links for helping to develop a resilient response to the Coronavirus situation. Take care!

Coronavirus update

Colchester Vineyard is increasing precautions to ensure the health of our community, especially the most vulnerable.

Accordingly, our small group gatherings will be cancelled for the time being, owing to a risk of transmission of infection – understood to be higher where groups are together for a while in domestic spaces.

We’ll be staying in contact with each other by phone and WhatsApp to provide support and prayer during this difficult time.

Do be aware of those in your own street or neighbourhood that may be particularly vulnerable or have chosen to self-isolate. Get in contact by phone or with a note through their door to check they’re okay and to offer any help that might be needed.

Please pray for:

For wisdom for all leaders and policy-makers during this time.
For healthcare workers and teams as they care for the sick.
For those who are lonely, fearful and isolated.

Armchair Retreat Wednesday 4 March

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On Wednesday 4 March, it’s Armchair Retreat, a time of quiet centring when we can learn to allow room in our heads for silence and peace. We have simple centring exercises to help this work, and all is done in the context of Jesus, ‘Emanuel’ — God with us.

This is suitable for all, whether you’re a Jesus follower or not, or whether you’re a mindful starter or not. If you just want some quiet space and an encouraging environment, while learning more about mindful practice, why not give it a try? 10:00 – 12:00, with coffee and time to chat. Call 01206 622712 for more info and venue details.

Focus on Malawi: Next Goggle Works 21 February

The year is already speeding on, the medical students in Malawi are busy at college, and were looking forward to the next Goggle Works Party. Join us on 21 February 19:30 to help sort and measure donated glasses, check and repair donated equipment, and pack the next delivery to Malawi. And with plenty of refreshments to keep you going. No previous experience necessary! Call 01206 622712 for more info and venue details.

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