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 will put you in touch will the nurses. 

 

Events and Resources

CPR/AED/Epi Pen Training: September 17th

The annual CPR/AED/Epi Pen training will take place on September 17th, following the second service 12:30-3:30 p.m. in room 105.  Everyone is welcome to come, especially if you are volunteering in the church.  There will be  a small lunch before the training. Register by filling out the form here or call the church office. Please plan to come for a review of these skills led by Jeanine Bruen.

 

Dementia & Alzheimer's class: September 5th, 12th, and 26th

SEPTEMBER 12TH CLASS CANCELLED.  Due to speaker illness, we will reschedule our September 12th session. Check back soon for date.

Learn more about dementia, memory loss, and Alzheimer’s disease. Three classes will be offered at First Free by Katie Roberg from the Alzheimer’s Association.  Each class will cover a new topic: dementia and Alzheimer's basics, effective communication strategies, and healthy living for body and brain.  Join us September 5th, 12th, and 26th in room 105, 7-8:30 p.m.

 

"Stepping On" Fall Prevention Workshop: Starting October 5th

A 7-week fall prevention program called "Stepping On" will be offered 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.  Sessions will be held on Thursdays, 1 pm to 3 pm, each week starting October 5th and ending November 16th.

For more information, see the brochure or talk to a Faith Community Nurse. Sign up by clicking here.

 

Expressions

This is a support group for people with chronic illness. It meets twice a month on Sundays from 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Room 103. Contact the nurses for further information.

*Come check out this support group for those who have chronic illness. Dee Huanca will give an overview via a PowerPoint presentation, "Living Well With Chronic Illness". Kari Amstutz will officiate the activities for this year. Sign-up after this initial presentation for participation in this group that meets twice a month. Contact Dee Huanca if you have any questions.

Upcoming dates are:
September 10 and 24

 

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:
September 17th
October 15th
November 19th
December 17th

 

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. 

 

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 Adivsory Team

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

Upcoming dates are:
October 18th

 

 

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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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