Parish Nurse

Parish Nurse Ministry

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.


Mission Statement:
The mission of the Parish Nurse Committee is to promote and proclaim Christ's healing presence in the lives of the people of the Diocese of Virginia.

A Parish Nurse is a Registered Nurse committed to meeting the physical, mental, and spiritual needs of the whole person, and to promoting wellness through a healing ministry of the parish. She is a volunteer member of the church staff who develops 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. Part of the program is an annual health fair, the Walk to Jerusalem program during Lent, and offering flu shots each winter.


Our Parish Nurses:

Helen Zebarth and Rosalie Lewis are our parish nurses. Both are volunteers and have an office in the Smith Building, but they do not have regular office hours. Helen and Rosalie assist the clergy in visiting those who are ill or infirm. They are a vital part of our healing ministry at our Wednesday Noon Eucharist. On the third Wednesday of the month, Helen assists at a service of laying on of hands and anointing with oil for healing. Both 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 or via email.


Information from our Parish Nurse:

Dangers of texting while driving: click here.

Resource books available from the nurse's office: click here.

Books on grieving for adults: click here

Books available for grieving children: click here.

Are your affairs in order? An active pastoral care manual to help collect thoughts & request details: Click here.  

Cleaning for a Reason

This service will have a participating maid service in your zip code area and arrange for service for women undergoing chemo. This is a cleaning service that provides FREE housecleaning - one time per month for four months while a patient is in treatment.  

Christ Episcopal Church
140 W. Boscawen Street

Winchester, VA 22601


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