Some of you who have travelled regularly by plane may remember the Oxygen Mask Rule. In case cabin pressure drops, oxygen masks will be immediately deployed and you are advised to “place the mask over your own mouth and nose before assisting others.”
At first I thought this was strange advice, especially as a Christian. Aren’t we taught to think of others ahead of ourselves? Yes, but, in emergencies, we need to make sure we are well enough to be able to assist others. Finding time for self-care takes discipline and resolve. It’s no wonder the Lord made keeping the Sabbath a commandment. A regular, communal routine is so important to ensure we enjoy a balanced diet of rest and recuperation as well as work and action.
I would like to be so bold as to suggest that women are not as good at self-care – and that this lockdown season has been especially hard on them. In addition, the month of March has a special focus on women with International Women’s Day on 8th March and Mothering Sunday on 13th March. In recognition of this, we would like to offer St John’s and St Mary’s women the chance for a special evening of connection, pampering and self-care. Since spas are closed at the moment, this is a great opportunity to have a luxury Temple Spa facial, prescribed just for you and your skin type, all in the comfort of your own home! I will send you a pack with full instructions for the evening when you sign up, and best of all it is free of charge. Rachel Burnell and I will be hosting these over Zoom on two evenings: Wednesday, 17th March and Friday 19th March. Spaces are limited so if you would like to register your interest or to find out more please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or text on 07939 472323.