OLD PARAMUS REFORMED CHURCH
HEALTH MINISTRY


INFORMATION ABOUT OUR PARISH HEALTH MINISTRY


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MISSION STATEMENT OF THE PARISH HEALTH MINISTRY

The mission of the Parish Health Ministry of Old Paramus Reformed Church is to promote healthy living by focusing on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our church family and our community as they strive to achieve wellness, manage illness, and grow in spiritual wholeness.

WHAT IS PARISH HEALTH MINISTRY?

The Health Ministry movement defines health as more than "absence of disease". It incorporates service to those in need, prevention information, spiritual values, healthy attitudes and behaviors, and related education.

The church as a caring community is mandated to respond to the needs of its people. For centuries churches have promoted health and wholeness through worship, music, sharing and caring. How natural to move forward into a dimension that incorporates an even greater response in a practical sense - to fill in the blanks created by the current system.

HOW IS THIS MINISTRY CARRIED OUT?

The Health Ministry is being continued by the members of the HEALTH CABINET.

The Health Cabinet members come from many walks of life and professions with the common purpose of promoting the concept of holistic body, mind and spiritual health. They coordinate new and ongoing programs and services.

THE HEALTH CABINET AND ITS RESPONSIBILITIES

MINISTRY OF CARE AND CONCERN - This program provides the opportunity for members of the church family to sign up indicating their availability for various services.
The general categories identified are:

    meals at times of illness or death in the family or new baby or crises of any kind
    transportation to church services and medical appointments
    emergency babysitting
    light housekeeping/yard work
    shopping for shut-ins
    respite care

Requests for help are responded to with Christian love in a timely manner. As people's needs are met they are enabled to move toward developing their strengths in meaningful ways.

DURABLE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT CLOSET - The Health Cabinet maintains a durable medical equipment closet which contains a variety of equipment and assistive devices. These items are available on a lending basis for however long they are needed.





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