Get my people going!! One congregation's story.
If you go to our website www.marionfirst.org, you can hear the initial sermon (June 8) entitled "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" by clicking on "Weekly Worship" on the left hand side of the home page. We ended with laughter with a visit from "Nancy Nurse," who reviewed the entire program in a fun and memorable way.
We had several folks with good weight loss, many who got together with a buddy for a time of prayer and study or exercise. We even had one person who committed to going back to college to finish a degree, and who announced that she had registered to start back at school again this fall!
I love the way this program allows people to decide to work on 2-3 areas that God is calling them to work on. Most had never had a program that included body, mind and soul, and many chose to work on things besides their diet and exercise.
And we loved how Exodus is woven into the program ... how seeking good health is a "journey to the promised land," the walking, the (food) pyramids, God's commandments for the Sabbath and how he showed them where to rest each day, the need for food and water in the desert, not being alone on journey. We did not concentrate on the Bible story, but we had readings for each week that they could do themselves, and we always referred to the story.
I already know that I want to do something next with our kids. The way we did it did not lend itself to the younger kids coming to the sessions, and we put it together so fast that we just didn't have resources to include them this time. But, I think there are a lot of fun things to do for them with the same themes.
Here was our weekly schedule (speakers in parentheses)
1. The Journey Begins: Which Direction is Your Promised Land? (Health Ministry Team)
1. Manna and Quail ... What Will You Eat on the Journey? (Natalie de Mello, Registered Dietician)
3. Exercise for the Journey.... Let My People GO! (Shane Smith, Exercise Physiologist)
4. Water for the Journey ... Striking the Stone (Dr. Jerry Felts, Chiropractor)
5. Finding Our Way in the Desert ... Practicing Prayer and Worship (Rev. Deb Pollex, FUMC)
6. Sabbath Rest ... Finding Rest, Renewal and Delight in our Lives (Rev. Dan Whitfield, Pastor, FUMC)
7. Friends for the Journey ... The Healing Power of Community (Naeem Quereshi, MD, Psychiatrist)
8. Let's Celebrate Our Success! Joy on the Journey-The Healing Power of Humor, with a very special visit from ... Nancy Nurse! (After church ... Pool Party at Ray Fosse Park).
By Jo Sanders, RN, BSN
Jo Sanders is the Health Ministry Coordinator of Southern Illinois Healthcare Community Benefits Department in Carbondale, Illinois. She is also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Marion, Illinois. Recently, Jo offered the IPNRC's "Get My People Going!!" congregational wellness program at her home congregation. She shared an account of her congregation's experience with a few other parish nurses earlier, and gave us permission to share that here. You can also reach Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|Publication:||Parish Nurse Perspectives|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2008|
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