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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Or call the church at 612-827-4705 and the office with 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 Faith Community Nurses or Delores Huanca (email@example.com).
Upcoming dates are:
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 (firstname.lastname@example.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
"Stepping On" Fall Prevention Workshop
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.
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)