Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? …Therefore, glorify God in your body.
(1 Cor. 6:19-20)
(1 Cor. 6:19-20)
What is the mission of the St. Gall Health & Wellness Ministry?
The mission of St. Gall’s Health & Wellness Ministry is to assist the church in ministering to the whole person, integrating physical, spiritual, emotional, mental, and social health and wellness. This ministry emphasizes the wholeness of body, mind, and spirit of individual parishioners, as well as the parish community. The ministry requires a collaborative effort that includes individuals interested in health and wellness and healthcare providers in the community. Are you called to help?
Why a health and wellness ministry?
The need to address the health and wellness of our parish community is critical. Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and arthritis, are responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths each year and account for most of our community’s health care costs. Chronic diseases are not only among the most common of all health problems, but they are among the most preventable (CDC). While there are many programs and resources in our community to address chronic diseases and other health problems, they fall short of quelling this growing problem in our community. These programs and resources most often are not equipped to address the whole person. Our church is uniquely suited to administer to the whole person by addressing spiritual, physical, emotional, mental, and social determinants that impact an individual’s health. Through the parish’s Health & Wellness Ministry, members of our community can proactively address their health and learn to prevent health problems that can affect the rest of their being.
How can YOU help with the health and wellness of our parish community?
- Help with Blood Pressure Screenings
- Teach a class related to health and wellness
- Assist with Health & Wellness events
- Make suggestions for programs and services you would like to see offered
- Serve on the Health & Wellness Ministry Team