Health and Healing Highlights: Give a Hand, Make a Difference
Each week, we’ll share interesting health and healing-related stories in the news. Following is a round up of articles about physical, emotional and spiritual health and healing that could be applied to health ministries.
September 19 marks a national event to raise money and awareness about arthritis: Healing Hands for Arthritis; it’s an opportunity to explore how your health ministry can serve those affected in your congregation and community.
Supporting the Arthritis Foundation’s mission to prevent, control and cure arthritis, Massage Envy will give the foundation $10 for every one-hour massage or facial performed; its partner, Murad, will contribute 10 percent of products sold at Massage Envy to the foundation.
Massage is just one activity that provides relief from arthritis pain. The Arthritis Foundation has a number of events your health ministry may take part in, along with programs and ideas you can apply to your ministry.
The Episcopal Disability Network helps congregations adhere to accessibility requirements and provides comprehensive resources for health ministries. The new website was launched just prior to this year’s General Convention; you’ll find a range of materials and suggestions there, including large print and braille versions of prayer books, hymnals, devotionals and books on tape.
Monroe, Georgia-based Faith in Serving Humanity (FISH) is stepping in to fill the void left when its predecessor, Healing Angels Medical Clinic, was forced to close earlier this year. Providing care and access to treatment is a move many see critical as the costs of healthcare and state of the economy made it difficult for patients to afford treatment.
Patients receive free care, but in exchange they are asked to perform three hours of community service per each office visit. It’s an active partnership that serves the community in a well-rounded way.
How might this model work in your community?
A nurse, chef and priest...it sounds like the opening of a joke, but you’re more likely to applaud—rather than laugh—at the results achieved by these men from Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida. They brought the Bible into the weight loss process with Weight For GOD! Created for men, the program plays off of natural competitiveness, spirituality, sense of humor and tendency to “(mis)behave.” Six teams from local churches joined forces, learned a lot, had a great time and slimmed down: 30 men lost 650 pounds in 12 weeks!
Weight for GOD! wants to share this program with churches. Contact Fr. Rob Goodridge at email@example.com to get the program off the ground in your community.
Terra Hoskins contributes to the NEHM and NEAC blog on a freelance basis. Drawing from her background in sales, communications and Internet marketing, she helps organizations create an online presence and use the Internet to expand business. Follow Terra on her blog: http://terrahoskins.com/ and on Twitter: @terrahoskins.
* Photo by Liz Grace