Coronavirus Lockdown – Centre Activities 2021

“Coronavirus Lockdown – Centre Activities 202Centre activities were greatly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.  Our regular Sunday Bhajans were stopped due to the closure of our venue – Soar valley College – from Sunday 15 March 2020. We sent a message to all our devotees to inform them of the actions we were taking and how we continued with our regular activities plus new activities we took on during this time – click here to see the Centre Activities in 2020 

 

 

 

 

 


2021 started with another national lockdown and once again we had to make special arrangements. Below are details of the regular activities and other events that we conducted  during this time.


VIRTUAL BHAJANS 

Virtual Bhajans –   virtual bhajans arranged every Thursday (at 7:45 pm) and every Sunday (at 8:45 am) on our YouTube site


SSE EDUCATION

Virtual Classes for SSE children

Virtual Classes – We organised virtual SSE lessons for our SSE Children.  If you are interested in participating – email us for more information.


MEALS ON WHEELS

Due to the very strict restrictions during the national lockdown from beginning of the year, it was agreed that we wouldn’t subject our volunteers to risk of coronavirus, to provide the meals on wheels service to our guests, for a first few weeks in 2021,  and we made temporary arrangements with other suppliers during this period, until end of March.

From 2 April (Good Friday), we restarted our meals on wheels rota.


STAY IN TOUCH CALLS

We were conscious that we needed to have a plan to keep in touch and support the elderly in our centre who will be the most isolated at this time. We agreed on a plan to make calls every week (at least once a week) to assess any special requirements they may have and would provide any shopping needs – for food items & medication. 

Experience to date has shown that this is a very beneficial service (for both the volunteers & the guests),  and our guests have appreciated the calls.


VIRTUAL STUDY CIRCLES

Despite the current lockdown position due to Covid-19 our centre activities have continued with vigour and without much interruptions. Vijayanbhai and Jaybhai, our spiritual coordinators, have carried out virtual study circle sessions during April and May. These sessions have been carried out via Google Hangouts on Sunday evenings. Average weekly attendance ranged from 10-12 per session and the subject under discussion was Unity.

Sincere thanks goes to our devotees for
a) taking part in the regular weekly discussions, and
b) getting used to new style of delivery and technology.
The group has had lively discussions on the important subject of Unity and from early June will move on to the new subject of Purity. Our devotees have thanked and also welcomed the opportunity to enhance their spiritual knowledge despite very difficult current circumstances we are all facing.

The SSSIO celebrated the 95th Birthday of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba from November 21 to 22, 2020 with online programs. This year, the theme of the celebrations was Happiness is union with God. Prior to the online program a series of six short study guides were released, encapsulating some of His teachings regarding happiness. The study guides below can be downloaded by selecting the language of choice.

Next Study Circle on Sunday 21 February – Study guide link below.

     Birthday Study Guide  – Week 3

 


YOGA – ONLINE SESSION

These sessions now take place on Zoom every *Wednesday (6pm) and Saturday (8am)*.

Details of Zoom session are given below.

https://zoom.us/j/93669543819?pwd=UWVFck1jVmxqQXVDdU14RmxQWHhqQT09

Meeting ID: 936 6954 3819  Passcode: 610528

You can also watch Yoga session on YouTube by using the link below.

 

 


MIDLAND LANGAR SUPPORT – FOOD COLLECTION

This was another request during the second lockdown in England to help the needy/homeless people in Leicester. We have worked with MLSS before – see article re hot meals provided during the first lockdown. This time the request was for food parcels. See note below giving some details of this service activity.

“ Sai Ram all

We have been reviewing the Service opportunities to replace some of the activities we would all have been involved in around this time  – making food parcels for Croatia/Moldova, and Christmas Party for elderly guests and for Bridge. Given that we have more COVID restrictions now in place (‘Stay at home – only leave for specific reason’), it is going to be difficult to carry out these activities in our Centre.
We recently had a request from MLSS (langar service) who are going to prepare parcels for the needy people in the local community and require food items for the parcels.
We have agreed to help with this service opportunity and we would like everyone to be involved with it.

You can volunteer for the following activity/activities.

  • Offer food items – we will provide the list soon. We are conscious of the new restrictions so are not suggesting that you go out to shop for these but to get them as part of your normal shopping, or you may have some of these in stock at home. As per our organisation’s objectives, we should fit this in with our ceiling on desires shadhana.

MLSS Collection point for the food items, cooking & preparing meals was changed temporarily to Indigo Restaurant from January 2021, and then to their own purpose built site off Melton Road from March 2021.
Items required for the weekly food parcels, cooking & preparing meals were as follows :
Tea, Coffee, Sugar, Rice, Breakfast cereal, Baked beans, Tinned tomatoes, Dried pulses, i.e. lentils, beans, etc, Passata, Crisps/snacks, Vegetable oil, Soup – tinned or packet, Tinned vegetables, Tinned fruit, Biscuits, UHT Milk 

Again, response from our Centre devotees was tremendous and we were able to supply lots of items over a number of weeks.

Here are some photos:

 


Webninar – Health & Well-being series webinars

 

  SSNHC Webinar  5 Jan 2021  

  SSNHC Webinar  23 Feb 2021

SSNHC Webinar 2 March 2021

 


Maha Shivratri on Thursday 11 March 2021

Maha Shivratri was celebrated on Thursday 11 March 2021. This year due to the pandemic restrictions, this is an online, virtual virtual programme on YouTube.

” Shivaratri is a day when one tries to establish friendship between the mind and God. Shivaratri makes one aware of the fact that the same Divinity is all-pervasive and is to be found everywhere. ”  ~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Divine Discourse on Shivaratri Day in Prasanthi Nilayam – February 17, 1985

The SSSIOUK Region 4 Maha Shivaratri Celebrations will be virtual this year. We invite you to join us for a live offering which will include a Rudra Abhishekam and a special guest speaker from Prasanthi Nilayam.

You will be able to conduct the Rudra Abhishekam from each of your homes.

Link to items required for Abhishekam: http://bit.ly/3qQOIzx

We had an extended programme after the from 10:00 pm onwards, to finish off the auspicious night of Shivratri. The programme included bhajans, Ashtakams, a small abhishekam & a presentation on the darshan of 12 jyotirlingas.


Mother’s Day celebration on Sunday 14 March 2021

This year’s Mother’s Day celebration will be a virtual, online programme on YouTube. The programme includes showcasing of SSE children’s work over the year.    

Please join us on the 14th March for the Mother’s day program celebrating Mothers, Grandmothers and mother figures. We are also dedicating this Mother’s day by giving a tribute by expressing our heartfelt gratitude towards Mother Sai who has helped us all survive during this pandemic.

The program will include bhajans by SSE students, showcase of their class work and activities carried out during lockdown. Mother’s day messages and a fun packed program is lined up for you all to enjoy next week. Please do join us next week from 8:45 am onwards to celebrate Mother’s day and uplift those lovely mothers who tirelessly work and serve day and night selflessly.