Learn about the Health Ministries Commission
Our Vision Statement: Using Jesus’ ministry as a model and following the tradition of John Wesley, the Health Ministries of SUMC seeks to promote the spiritual, social, mental and physical well-being of the individual, congregation and community.
Issues of health are basic to all people. We all struggle with illness, stress, injury and loss. We all want to be well and functioning to the best of our abilities. Jesus affirmed that health is an important goal, addressed the whole person while respecting his or her autonomy and met people’s voiced needs. As United Methodists we follow in the tradition of John Wesley whose writings and sermons showed an understanding of the interconnectedness of health with our spiritual, mental, and physical well-being.
For the last ten years, the Health Ministries Commission has focused on our vision of wholeness by promoting this integrated view of well-being. We began our activities with a service of Healing and Renewal followed by a Health Fair on April 10, 2005.
The following year we began a Prayer Shawl Ministry where the care and love of knitting have been combined into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. This ministry has grown tremendously over the last ten years and each year we sponsor a worship service focused on thankfulness, healing and wholeness including a dedication of the prayer shawls crafted by members of the congregation during the previous year.
In order to promote an understanding of mental illness and the impact on individuals and their families, we have hosted presentations of “In Our Own Voice” (IOOV) sponsored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. These presentations promote the audience’s understanding of how people with these serious disorders cope with the reality of their illnesses while recovering and reclaiming productive lives. We have also presented an adult education class entitled “Mental Health, Mental Illness and Faith Communities” to help overcome the stigma associated with mental illness.
Because a cancer diagnosis can be a frightening experience we began a Cancer and Caregiver Support and Prayer Group to provide a safe, respectful and non-judgmental place for prayer, comfort, and support to those who have had cancer touch their lives.
As we move toward a vision of wholeness that both Jesus and John Wesley taught is essential for the Christian life, any input you have regarding needs you see or ways to implement various programs is appreciated. We also invite anyone interested in becoming part of this commission to join us.