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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.
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:  November 19, 2016  @ 9:00am
Topic: Wills, Power of Attorney & Estates
Speaker: Les Kotzer, Lawyer, Author & Songwriter

Date:  March 11, 2017  9:00 - 11:00am
Topic: Are Near Death Experiences for Real?
Speaker:  Dr. Paul Meschino, DC
A Heart Healthy Breakfast will be served.
There will be a  freewill offering.

Lunch and Learn Dates:

Date:  September 28, 2016
Topic: What is T.I.P.S. (The Integrated Partners for Seniors) and how can it help me?
Speakers: Gina Moore, TIPS and Debra Sayewich, Spectrun Health Care

Date:    October 26, 2016
Principles of Successful Aging

Date:    November 23, 2016
Topic:   Signs and Symptoms of Stroke

Date:    January 25, 2017
Pain Relief
Speaker:  Ehab Mekhail, Pharmacist, People’s Choice Pharmacy
Luncheon provided by Four Elms Retirement

Date:     February 22, 2017
Vitamins & Natural Supplements to Improve your health and enhance your wellbeing
Speaker: Rosemary Mele, Down to Earth
Luncheon provided by Richview Manor

Date:   March 22, 2017
Topic:   The Health Benefits of Massage Therapy
Speaker: Lori Stoness, Registered Massage Therapist
Luncheon provided by Amica @Thornhill

Date:    April 26, 2017
Topic:   Relaxation Yoga and Presentation
Presentation by: Ranjith from Priya Yoga & Pilates Studio
Luncheon and speaker sponsored by Delmanor Richmond Hill

Senior Spa Day & Wellness Fair:
Date:   May 17, 2017, 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