Church Life: Health & Wellness
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Promoting the health, wellness, and healing of God's people in body, mind and spirit

 

Health and Wellness Ministry

 

Thank you for taking the Health Cabinet Needs Assessment Survey. Read about the results here.

The Health and Wellness Ministry at Grace promotes health, wellness and healing within the community of Grace Lutheran Church and School. Health Cabinet programs are coordinated by parish nurse Kim Ramos, with direction and support from volunteer members of the Health Cabinet.

Grace's Health and Wellness Ministry promotes healthy living habits and assists members who are struggling with illness and caregiving issues.

Sunday morning Health Cabinet activities include:

•    Blood pressure screenings in the atrium on the third Sunday of every month.
•    Healing stations during communion distribution on the first Sunday of every month. We all are in need of healing of our spirits, bodies or minds at one time or another. After receiving communion, those who wish to participate in this ritual may go to either side of the church sanctuary to receive a prayer and an anointing. Participants may also ask to include a family member or friend in the prayer.

If you would like to be part of the activities of the Health Cabinet, or have an interest in initiating a new activity directed to its mission, please consider becoming a member. A health care background is not required. To learn more, contact Kim Ramos (kramos@graceriverforest.org).

Parish Nurse
The Parish nurse works with the pastors and with Grace members to meet the mental, physical, and spiritual health needs of individuals in the congregation. She visits and counsels individuals when they are ill or grieving, assists them in making choices about health care, provides resources and referrals to appropriate services, and educates congregation members on the relationship between faith, health, wellness, and lifestyles.


Mission Statement
The Health and Wellness Ministry program is a health-centered ministry of service.

This ministry shall promote the health, wellness, and healing of God's people--body, mind, and spirit--through compassion, competence, and care.

This ministry shall act as a source of influence in the life of the church and the community to ensure that the stewardship of health is expressed in worship, education, nurture, and networks of support.

The Health and Wellness Ministry program shall be coordinated by an appointed Health Cabinet and include a parish nurse.

Health and Wellness Ministry topics

Chronic Illness Support Group
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Lending Closet

Advanced care directives
Medical advocacy
Mental illness awareness
Lectio divina
Healthy attitudes

Links to health, caregiving, and other information on the web

Health and wellness columns  in Grace Notes