In addition to providing informative articles for the church newsletter, as parish nurse, Kitty Beehner has coordinated a number of special programs for the congregation. These programs are created in response to special needs as they arise.Some of the past programs include:
- Take a Break Luncheons for caregivers
- Walking group
- Exercise group
- “Power Over Pain”
- Handling Holiday Grief
- Good Grief
- Hospice information
- Divorce Support groups
- Medicare Prescription Drug Part D
- Advance Directives and Medical Power of Attorney
In addition, some annual events have been incorporated into our schedule as a result of our parish nurse’s efforts. They are Sneaker Sundays and the Teddy Bear Clinics.
On Sneaker Sundays, which take place in the spring and the fall, church members wear their sneakers and walk to church. Those who live too far away meet at a set location and walk as a group to church. In addition to encouraging camaraderie and fellowship, these walks help us focus on our health and saving the environment.
The Teddy Bear Clinics, which take place each summer, encourage children to make healthy lifestyle choices. Each child brings a stuffed animal or doll to be “examined” while the parish nurse answers their health questions and provides information on topics such as eating nutritious foods, visiting the doctor, or personal hygiene. She also discusses how prayer enables us to heal and stay well. The clinic demonstrates how God and the church care for our bodies as well as our souls.