5 Ways to stay connected to the Catholic community

Staying connected

With the Australian Government imposing stricter social distancing restrictions for our own health and safety, we’ve had to make a few changes to our daily lives. Despite this, we’re still maintaining a strong sense of community.

Many businesses, for example, continue to hold company meetings via Zoom. Individuals are checking in on their elderly neighbours through letterbox drops, and others are finding ways to stay connected to the community whilst venues, including churches are still subject to restrictions.

5 simple ways to stay connected

The practice of social distancing in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 doesn’t have to mean complete isolation. During these unprecedented times, it takes little effort to stay connected to your community. Here are five ways to do just that.

Stream online services

We’re truly living in the digital age, and there’s no better way to demonstrate this than the plethora of online streaming services available to us, helping us stay more connected than ever. From watching videos of church services in real time through to bible study sessions via video conferencing software like Zoom, there’s no limit to how we’re finding ways to stay in touch. We’ve even seen some communities in North America get extra creative with drive-by confessionals.

You can see a full list of live streaming religious services across Australia here.

Check in on your elderly neighbours

Spare a thought for your elderly neighbours during this time, especially the ones who are unable to leave their homes, not even for even the essentials. Whilst ensuring you adhere to the proper safety measures, you could organise a letterbox drop with your name and phone number, and ask your neighbours to either call you or provide a list of grocery items they may need. You can then go to the supermarket and drop it off to them. It’s extremely important to keep communication lines open, so even if they don’t need any food or prescriptions, let them know you’re there to have an over-the-fence chat.

Join an online community

Another way to stay connected is to join a private online community like Nextdoor. The app is the first of its kind, and can be used for anything, from borrowing a ladder to finding someone to babysit the kids. With social restrictions in place, you can meet your neighbours virtually and stay connected through posts and groups. Some creative ideas we’ve seen are Virtual Book Clubs, sharing favourite recipes, and even a “30 day isolation challenge,” where users are invited to post a photo of the day.

Nextdoor also invites users to donate food, clothing and other goods. And, if you can’t donate something material, you can donate your time by marking yourself as “able to help.” Running errands, such as grocery shopping or picking up prescriptions, are all small things you can do to stay connected to your neighbours.

Get hands-on with mobile apps

Move aside, Angry Birds - there’s a new app in town. While you might already be using Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp to stay connected to your family and friends, there’s plenty of other mobile apps that can help you keep in touch with your community. There’s no doubt you’ve heard of Houseparty, the app that allows you to communicate with up to 8 friends in a virtual room to create the semblance that you’re all together. And there’s plenty more like it - Google Hangouts, FaceTime, and Skype are just a few ways to reach out and see familiar faces without any physical contact.

Support your local business

It is small businesses who have arguably been hit the hardest during the COVID-19 pandemic. A great way to stay connected with your local cafe, florist, or even beauty therapist is to support where you can. Despite temporarily closing their doors due to the restrictions, a lot of small businesses have offered to ‘laybuy’ their services, allowing you to buy their products online now with a gift voucher that can be redeemed at a later date. Another great way to support your local business is to order takeaway and delivery. These small gestures could mean the difference between a temporary closure and a permanent one for them.

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