Health Council

Responding to the healing ministry of Jesus, this ministry seeks to nourish, sustain and support the health (physical, emotional and spiritual) of the people of this parish and its community. Through the health council, parish nurse and parish visitors committee this ministry integrates faith and health for people of all ages. This ministry is carried out through:

  • The laying on of hands with prayer. Prayers for healing and laying on of hands
  • Prayer support
  • Practical programs such as: blood pressure screening, weight loss programs, exercise programs
  • Health counseling (by appointment with the parish nurse)
  • Educational opportunities: ‘Lunch and Learn’,  the Health Fair, CPR training, library resources, individual consultations
  • Practical support: casserole ministry, special needs, new parents support
  • Health advocacy: environmental issues, health care system navigation, partnerships with other community groups.

Our Parish Nurse

Responding to the healing ministry of Jesus, the parish nurse is committed to nourishing, sustaining and supporting the health C5 Elsie blood pressure v2(physical, emotional and spiritual) of the people of this parish and its community. The parish nurse is a registered nurse with specialized knowledge who is called to ministry to promote health, healing and wholeness. This staff worker is responsible to the Rector and works in collaboration with the Rector, Pastoral Care Team and the Health Council.

She walks alongside individuals to provide health counsel and support and works with the Health council and other members of the pastoral care team to help achieve the goals of St. John’s ministry of healing. A parish nurse does not provide diagnosis or treatment and is not a home health nurse. A nurse on the church staff is a visible sign of the close tie between our faith and our health.

The parish nurse at St. John’s is Elsie Millerd. She is an experienced registered nurse with specialized training in theology and pastoral care. She joined the staff of St. John’s in October 2006.