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Parish Nurse

Keeping our congregation healthy - mind, body and soul

And now, Lord, consider their threats, and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal, and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant, Jesus. Acts 4:29-30.

​Parish Nurses are committed to meeting the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of the whole person, and to promoting wellness through a healing ministry of the parish. They are volunteer members of the church staff who develop health and wellness programs benefiting the congregational body and surrounding community and a lay leader who assists the congregation to identify, interpret, rediscover, and reclaim its historic role in the area of health/wellness. The Parish Nurses serve as a health educator and counselor and as a referral source and liaison to community resources and services.

Susan Francis, Rosalie Lewis, and Helen Zebarth are our parish nurse team. They have an office in the Smith Building, but they do not have regular office hours. They assist the clergy in visiting those who are ill or infirm. The nurses are available for counsel as well.

The parish nurses maintain a closet of durable medical equipment that they can lend to individuals upon request.

The parish nurse office can be contacted at 540-662-5843, Ext. 3.

Local resources:

  • Wheels to Wellness (formally named Faith in Action) - provides transportation to and from doctor appointments. Client must be able to get in and out of vehicle. NO COST- if medicaid client paperwork process is different. The contact person is Traci Toth at 301 N. Cameron Street, Winchester/540-974-5971/

  • Dementia Matters - support group and training for caregivers. The support group meets in the building just left of the Winchester Church of God. Contact Jayne Seymour at 540-535-977/

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