Faith Community Nursing

What Are We All About?

Faith community nursing focuses on the intentional care of the spirit as part of the process of promoting health and preventing or minimizing illness in a faith community.

Nurses walk alongside individuals and families seeking to empower them as they experience stressors in their lives. They provide health related information and resources to individuals and groups. They do hospital and home visits. They coordinate volunteer ministries and prepare people to serve in them. They oversee the safety and accessibility of the church building. A Wellness Advisory Team meets quarterly to provide input into the work of the Faith Community Nurses.

Nurses are available on Sundays before and after services and by email (nurses@firstfreechurch.org). Or call the church at 612-827-4705 and the office with put you in touch will the nurses. 

 

Events and Resources

Expressions

The Expressions support group is similar to other small groups at First Free. It is a place where people “do life” together: supporting and encouraging each other, praying for each other, serving, and seeking biblical wisdom together. However, membership in the group is dedicated to people dealing with chronic illnesses ranging from ongoing physical disease to mental illness, such as chronic depression or anxiety.

Expressions generally meets twice monthly on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. Using art is one way we foster talking about difficult things and often generates delightful observations and discussions. All art materials are provided, and there is no cost to attend. If you are interested in joining, please talk to one of the Faith Community Nurses or Delores Huanca (ddhuanca@msn.com).

Upcoming dates are:

August 12, September 9 & 23

CPR/AED Course and Certification: August 11, 9:00-Noon

The Faith Community Nurses will be offering a blended learning course for certification in CPR through the Red Cross. The online portion of the course (to be completed before August 11th) will take about 2.5 hours. The certification and checkoff will be in person on Saturday, August 11th, 9-12pm at the church. The price for certification is $28. Sign up here. Contact Jeanine Bruen with questions (jeanine.bruen@firstfreechurch.org).

 

Blood Pressure Screenings

Blood Pressures will be taken between services in the hallway outside room 105/106 on the third Sunday of each month. No blood pressure screenings in July and August (if individuals want their blood pressures taken, please see a Faith Community Nurse or Holly Doble).

Epi Pen training is also available at that time. Check in at the blood pressure table. The training takes about 10 minutes.

Upcoming dates are:
July 15, September 16

 

CPR/AED/Epi Pen Training

We offer CPR/AED/Epi Pen training occasionally throughout the year. 

 

Eyeglasses for the DR

Used eyeglasses are being collected for the Dominican Republic.  Please leave glasses you no longer need in the basket in the foyer.

 

"Stepping On" Fall Prevention Workshop

A 7-week fall prevention program called "Stepping On" is offered periodically throughout the year by Faith Community Nurses and guest experts for anyone age 60 or over who lives at home, does not have dementia and has had a fall or a fear of falling.  Stepping On is research based and has been shown to reduce falls in older people.

 

Honoring Choices: Health Care Directives Workshop

Learn about filling out a Health Care Directive, which gives your designated health care agent the ability to carry out your personal care choices in the event of injury or illness that leaves you unable to make your own medical decisions. Workshops offered throughout the year. 

The next classes are scheduled for August 19th and August 26th from 11:30-1:00 p.m. in room 103.

  

Visitation To The Homebound

Visitation is carried out by the Faith Community nurses, pastors, and trained visitors.

A class on visitation to the homebound will be offered occasionally.  Check back for future dates. Come to get ideas on making visits that integrate spiritual and social aspects of care. This class will enable you to become a part of the Visitation Ministry of First Free if you desire. 

  

Support For The Growing Family

Are you pregnant, recently delivered a baby, or anticipating an adoption? Support for your growing family is available through the Faith Community Nurse program at First Free Church. For additional information, complete the following form and one of the Faith Community Nurses will be in touch with you.

Support for the Growing Family Form 

 

Wellness Advisory Team

This group provides input to the Faith Community Nurses in their roles. It meets quarterly, 8:15-9:30 p.m. in Pastor Joel's office. If you are interested please contact Jeanine or Maureen.

Upcoming dates are:
October 17th

 

 

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       Opportunities to Serve
  • Visitation to the homebound
  • Participate in the blood drive
  • Transporting people to church or other related activites
  • Provide help with Spring or Fall yardwork
  • Participation in the quarterly Wellness Advisory Team
  • Lead a prayer shawl ministry for people with serious illness
  • Assist Redeemer Residence with their identified projects

 (Please notify the Faith Community Nurses of your interest)

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