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Health Ministry
Emphasizes the wholeness of body, mind and spirit!
Parish Nurse: Linda Alldred-Johnson

The Health Ministry is working, together with the Parish Nurse, to promote, plan and support activities that address the health care needs of our congregation and surrounding community.  The Health Ministry emphasizes the wholeness of body, mind and spirit in congregations and communities.

A Parish Nurse is an RN who is called to a health and healing ministry.  As a staff member, the PN is committed to ongoing theological reflection and education, working with clergy, the congregation and community.

Some of the Parish Nurse functions are:

  • Integration of faith and health
  • Personal health and faith counselor
  • Advocate and referral resource
We, at St. Matthew's, are fortunate to have Linda Alldred-Johnson as our Parish Nurse.  Working with the support of the Health Ministry, she has planned many educational (Prostrate Cancer Awareness, Arthritis Self-Management, Medicine Cabinet Sweep), physical (walk-a-thons, yoga, exercise groups) and faith events (Care for the Care Givers, Christian Care Giving).  This began as a pilot project which we trust will continue as a part of the ministry that St. Matthew's offers.  Related work on Flu Avoidance and Emergency Preparedness have sprung from this work as well.

We believe strongly in the need for this ministry - both in our church and in our community.  Please read the Parish Nurse newsletter that was published in 2006 for details of the history of this ministry.

Please note that public activities in the church building have been suspended until further notice due to current health advisories.  Exception: Monthly Foot Clinic, 2nd Wed ea month, with limited number of appointments to allow proper distancing.  Please call 905-884-1072 to reserve.

Events being planned :
  • Lunch & Learn seminar on health issue on the 4th Wednesday of the month
  • Breakfast series Educational breakfast sessions planned.  These will be held at the church on a Saturday morning from 9-11 am.  Watch the church bulletin for dates and topics.  The talks at these sessions will be provided by leading physicians in our community.
Ongoing Events:
  • Blood Pressure Clinics.....4th Sunday of the month
  • Foot Care Clinic....2nd  Wednesday of the month, except August.  Foot Care is provided by trained nurses and receipts are provided.  Cost is $35 at clinic and $50 for home visit.  Please call the church office to book appointment.
  • Health Cabinet Meetings - Check with the church office for dates
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry Meetings - Check with the church office for dates
Breakfast Series Dates:

Date:  Saturday, September 28, 2019  @ 9:00am
Topic: Emergency Plans - Are you prepared?
Speaker: Hurania Melgar, Title and Agency in Richmond Hill

Lunch and Learn Dates:

Date:  September 25, 2019
Topic:  Bone Health - All Men & Women need Strong Bones - Part 1
Speaker: Nicole Kats, R.N.

Date:    October 23, 2019
Topic:  Bone Health - All Men & Women need Strong Bones - Part 2
Speaker: Nicole Kats, R.N.

Date:    November 27, 2019
Topic:   Emergency Preparedness - Are you Prepared:

Speaker: Sean Bertieff, Community Emergency Management York Region

Date:    January 22, 2020
Topic:    Medical Cannabis - Is it an Effective Treatment option for the Elderly Population?

Speaker: Dana Zenobio, Eductor, Natural Care Group, Toronto

Date:     February 26, 2020
Topic:    The Wholeness of Mind, Body & Spirit
Speaker:  Carol Rose Kudelka, Parish Nurse, People's Church, Toronto

Date:   March 25, 2020 CANCELLED
Topic:  Loneliness & Aging
Speaker: Carol Rose Kudelka, Parish Nurse, People's Church, Toronto

Date:    April 22, 2020 CANCELLED
Topic:   The Art of Doodling - Finding Relaxation in Art
Speaker: Debbie King, Art Enthusiast, Toronto

Senior Spa Day & Wellness Fair: CANCELLED
Date:   May 13, 2020
Time:  12noon - 3:00pm 
Topic: A Passport for Seniors on TIPS for Healthy Living
This is a fun filled event that provides an opportunity to improve your individual health of mind, body and spirit through new learning.  There will be resource information from the experts, mini treatments, door prizes and give-aways. 
Cost:  Free
Refreshments: light

Please call the church office at (905) 884-3606 if we can assist you in any way.  Please call the church office to book appointments at least one week in advance, if possible.

To Contact us:

333 Crosby Avenue,  Richmond Hill  ON  L4C 2R5
(Crosby Ave. is between Bayview Ave. and Yonge St. north of Major MacKenzie Ave.)
Phone:   905-884-3606