The Health and Wellness Ministry was established to promote health within our church but also provide outreach to the community.
The ministry tries to expedite access to medical care if people are having difficulty making connections with needed services.
We count on the Pastoral Care Ministry as well as individuals to reach out to us if there is a need of assistance. The committee members are not providing care directly but helping people connect with needed services.
An Automated Cardiac Defibrillator is maintained and is positioned on the ground floor hallway by the church office during the week and placed by the elevator by the sanctuary during Sunday services. Last year, Basic Life Support Classes were completed by many staff and members. In addition, we supported the youth group in an Epilepsy Foundation of Delaware walk/run.
John Goodill MD, now retired director of Palliative Care at Christiana Hospital, is organizing an “end of life seminar” for the community and congregation to explore the many facets that need to be considered as we age. This will be presented in the first half of 2024. A chronic disease seminar is in the works for later that year.
Most of our efforts this year have been engaged with the Congregational Health Network that is organized by Nemours Children’s Hospital volunteer pastoral counselor Rev. Pat Weikert. This is a network of religious groups in Wilmington banning together to provide assistance to the unmet needs that form barriers to effective health care for children and their families that suffer from sickle cell disease.
The initial FOOD FARMACY program in concert with Lutheran Family Services has been providing and teaching healthy food choices for families struggling with Sickle cell Disease. Soon we will be initiating a mentoring program to ease transition of teenagers to adult roles and medical care. I applaud the SsAM members who have been doing this work.
If you want to join this ministry or even be available for other projects, please let John Goodill or Chuck Bean know.
If you have other ideas that you think we should consider, please, make suggestions. We will have a meeting of this group probably in November. All are welcome to join. And to help us do good work.
—Chuck Bean and John Goodill
Co-Chairs, Health and Wellness Ministry