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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.
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, November 24, 2018  @ 9:00am
Topic: 5 Common Myths that Lead You to Believe You're Over Past Hurts..That Might Keep You Stuck Without Knowing
Speaker: Paul Meschino, Doctor of Chiropractic and Founder of "Live Your Beswt Life with Dr. Paul Meschino"

Lunch and Learn Dates:

Date:  September 26, 2018
Topic: Relationship between Stress and Nutrition and How it Affects Your Health
Speaker: Sonia Smith, Nutritionist and Wellness Coach

Date:    October 24, 2018
Topic:    The Relationship between Nutrition and Dental Health

Speaker: Sonia Smith, Nutritionist and Wellness Coach

Date:    November 28, 2018
Topic:   Supporting Yoru Immune System ghrough Nutrition to Improve Your Health in the Winter Months

Speaker: Rosemary Mele, Homeopathic Practitioner
                 Daniella Curis, Holistic Nutritionist

Date:    January 23, 2019
Topic:    35 Years of Hope and Healing - Your Community Hospice offers a lot more than you think

Speaker: Heidi Bonner, Executive Director and the Hope House Team

Date:     February 27, 2019
Topic:    How to Eat Healthy on a Budget
Speaker:  Sonia Smith, Nutritionist and Wellness Coach

Date:   March 27, 2019
Topic:  Cooking for One Tips with Chef Antonio
Speaker: Chef Antonio

Date:    April 24, 2019
Topic:   The Story of Stone Soup and it's Relevancy Today
Speaker: Sonia Smith and St. Matthew's Health Ministry Team

Senior Spa Day & Wellness Fair:
Date:   May 15, 2019
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
Email:    st.matthewsuc@on.aibn.com