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.
Covid-19 Vaccination Information
The local health department has asked churches to share information about vaccinations with congregations in the coming weeks and months. As we begin this process, details are changing and processes are being improved, so please use these sources for the most current information.
The state has established a new pre-registration site for Virginians. Please visit Vaccinate Virginia to learn more and put your name on the waiting list. The Winchester Star published an article about what this means in our health district.
Continue to check information on Valley Health's website, with local pharmacies, and on the Lord Fairfax Health District's page. And, the Virginia Department of Health posts information and data on the spread of Covid-19 and vaccinations on their website.
Please remember that the CDC advises that you should continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing even after you have been vaccinated. Here is more information.
Valley Health has set up a web page with information about vaccine clinics. You can also use this page to sign up for an appointment when a clinic is available to you. They update the page each weekday at noon. Check at noon as slots fill up immediately. In our district, If you are 65 or older, you can be vaccinated now. The website lists the other groups of people who are also eligible now.
Valley Health has also shared a video that addresses questions about the vaccine and some updates about Covid-19 in our community. Watch it here.
The Winchester Star continues to publish information about local efforts to vaccinate.
And, the Virginia Department of Health posts information and data on the spread of Covid-19 and vaccinations on their website.
If you need to speak with a parish nurse during this time, please call 540-662-5843, Ext. 3, and leave a message.
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 volunteers member 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.
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.