Yawn. Stetch. It is early in the morning and the muscles are stiff. The tummy is grumbling and the endless list of daily tasks are ahead of me. The warm fall sun and the tickling of allergies tells me that autumn is right around the corner, and I begin to wonder about my health going into the cold winter months: Where will I encounter God in my daily routine? Must I wait for a crisis before I consider my physical needs in my spiritual practices?
“Don’t you know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you? Don’t you know that you have the Holy Spirit from God, and you don’t belong to yourselves? You have been bought and paid for, so honor God with your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Honoring God with excellent care for our bodies is part of our spiritual discipline. The Health & Wellness Team at Christ Church works to provide education, timely information, resources, and programs to encourage our community in our spiritual duty to physically care for the Spirit’s Temple. In response to a church-wide survey last fall, the team, under the leadership of Beth Burt, has embarked on various healthy initiatives for you:
Did you know you can check your blood pressure when you are at church? Visit the Connection Point Desk to check out one of the automated cuffs. You may take it to a quiet space like the Chapel or Health & Wellness room and use it at your leisure. Be sure to record your results to share with your physician on your next visit.
Each month, members of the team write timely, health-related announcements with links to trusted resources to be published in the newsletter. These articles have touched on diet, Alzheimer’s disease, nutrition, strokes, blood pressure issues, vision, summer safety, immunizations and more. Watch for these nuggets of wisdom in your Messenger.
Through a Partners in Health & Wellness grant, Mona Flynn is leading a “Yoga for Healthy Aging” class, introducing ways to use yoga to build resilience in the body.
Karen Ritter led an initiative to make assisted devices readily available to members of our congregation. You can check out crutches, canes, walkers, and many more tools from the Health & Wellness Room for personal use. To learn more, stop by the Connection Point desk.
AED, first-aid kits, large-print resources, and hearing assistive devices continue to be a part of the tools the Health & Wellness Team makes available for all at CUMC.
Thanks to Beth Burt (chair), Mary Alice Austin, Karen Ritter, Carol Watters, Mona Flynn, Carly Kirkman, and Susan Miller for their leadership and vision in reinventing this ministry. As the Health & Wellness Team enters its new season, we are inviting new perspectives and members. Do you have an interest in helping to strengthen our physical bodies so that we might be healthy temples for God? To learn more, contact Carly Kirkman at email@example.com.