As most of us remain in lockdown, keyworkers are working harder than ever on the front line – in hospital and schools, supermarkets and in food production and distribution.
Though church buildings have had to close their doors, Christians are manning the front line in many different roles, living out their faith amid the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In these video diaries, we hear of the challenges and the rewards of living on the front line.
The Bishop of Taunton, Ruth Worsley, said: “We have rightly been appreciating our frontline NHS medical teams and care workers each Thursday. These stories from key workers across Somerset give us opportunity to hear directly from them how their faith is helping and being challenged by their experiences. Finding God’s grace and compassion feeding their own commitment – thank you!”
Jan Zriel is a parish nurse in Frome
Chris Cole is a volunteer in Weston super Mare
Marlene Mason is a volunteer at the Quantock foodbank
Inspector Steve Bradford works in Mid Devon for the Devon and Cornwall Police Force
Dr Freddie Pimm is a GP in Weston super Mare
Clare Greene is the Head Teacher at St Michael’s Junior Church School in Bath.
Anita Simmons and her husband Richard farm on the North Somerset Levels
Jason Organ works in a supermarket part time in Taunton and is a member of the College of Health Care Chaplains.