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 (email@example.com). Or call the church at 612-827-4705 and the office will put you in touch will the nurses.
Events and Resources
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 parish nurses or Delores Huanca (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Upcoming dates are:
January 28th, February 11th & 25th
Blood Pressure Screenings
Blood Pressures will be taken between services in the hallway outside room 105/106 on the third Sunday of each month.
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:
"Stepping On" Fall Prevention Workshop
A 7-week fall prevention program called "Stepping On" will be offered in the spring by the 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 is fearful of falling. Stepping On has been researched and proven to reduce falls in older people. The cost is $15. More info coming soon.
Health Care Directives
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.
CPR/AED/Epi Pen Training
We offer CPR/AED/Epi Pen training occasionally throughout the year.
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.
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:
Opportunities to Serve
(Please notify the Faith Community Nurses of your interest)