Grace Episcopal Church
Friday, December 06, 2013
Sustainably Fueled by a Higher Power
Our Parish Health Ministry
Grace Church is committed to being a healing congregation and and to providing a welcoming and healing environment. We see a common theme of healing running through every single thing we do here, not least of which is the open invitationwe offer for people to explore and deepen in faith in an accepting and open minded context. People can come to Grace Church just as they are. God welcomes everyone to the feast and so do we.
With leadership from our parish nurse, Donna, who has many years of experience as a professional nurse, and our priest, Elsa, who worked in both nutritional and holistic health fields before attending seminary, as well as a number of others in the parish with healing gifts, we are now developing a formal health ministry at Grace Church. Our Parish Health ministry has evolved naturally out of our overall orientation toward healing. Donna now takes blood pressures and confers with people about their health questions twice a month during coffee hour, and is considering ways to reach out with this same kind of practical assistance to members of the recovery groups that meet here, as well. She is also organizing educational events for the wider community, including talks by local health professionals on topics of interest such as naturopathic medicine and end of life planning.
It has become very clear that God is calling us to find new ways to support the people of our church and the wider community in making healthy life decisions for mind, body and soul. We are striving for true spiritual health in, between and among us. There's plenty of room for your involvement in our parish health ministry. Contact Donna if you have questions to ask or contributions to make.