A Wellness Ministry addresses the health and wellness needs of a congregation. St. Paul’s is partnering with Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville and other area medical centers such as Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Zion. This ministry addresses education about healthy living, prevention and management of illnesses, relationship between faith and health of individuals, and training parishioners on health ministry leadership.
How Much Does it Cost?
This is a volunteer-run model. Training, education and resources will be provided by the hospitals.
How Does It Work?
The Wellness Ministry will be the “umbrella” over existing and new ministries. The congregation and Condell Medical Center will work together to develop a health and wellness needs and opportunities survey. The congregation will conduct the survey then work with Condell to determine what could be offered. Annual evaluations of the programs and activities will be conducted to determine their impact.
At St. Paul’s, we already have some existing ministries that fit under Wellness Ministry, including Eucharistic Ministers and the Meal Train.
Here are some examples of additional programs that our Wellness Ministry could include:
- Health screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol
- Immunizations for flu, pneumonia, shingles
- Support groups for bereavement and illnesses such as heart disease, MS, cancer, etc.
- Providing training for CPR, Hospital and Home Visitation, etc.
- Educational events including displays, seminars, youth and family-focused events such as hygiene, seat belt usage, domestic violence, and addiction
- Workshops such as End-of-Life Care, Exercise, Advance Directives, Nutrition, Depression, and Bullying
- Expanded Shut-In visitation
- Exercise classes
How Do I Get Involved?
Please contact the church office. You may also contact Mary Ellen Modlin for more information or to share ideas about the Wellness Ministry.