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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:

  • Al-Anon meetings are held in Christ Church's Baden Center at 11 Washington Street. Please see the brochure for more information.

  • Foster Families of Clarke, Frederick, Winchester has sessions monthly to share information about supporting local youth and families by becoming a foster parent. Contact or 540-665-5688, Ext. 117.

  • Wheels to Wellness (formally named Faith in Action) - provides transportation to and from doctor appointments. Volunteers needed! 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/

  • Aging Together- is seeking 2-3 (American Sign Language ) volunteers to assist with communications at the Dementia Education Conference on Thursday November 9th. The Conference runs from 9am-3pm in Culpeper. Contact Ellen Phipps at ephipps@aging

  • New Eve Maternity Home - two homes in Winchester for homeless pregnant women. They provide free-of-charge housing, mentoring, and instruction in life skills toward building a better future as mothers! New Eve is financed solely by donations. They have a part-time director and assistant that are volunteers. Anyone interested in sharing your wisdom, skills and knowledge with these mothers? Contact the coordinator: Frances Moyer ( or call 571-992-5848).

  • The Laurel Center seeks volunteers to provide support to survivors of sexual violence when they need it the most. Free training is provided to support victims of sexual violence during forensic examinations. Contact Nicole at 540-667-6160, Ext 118 to learn more about the program.

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