The Parish Nurse ministry at Prince of Peace helps to care for one another by attaining, maintaining and regaining the best possible whole person's wellness of body, mind and spirit. The role of the Parish Nurse is a health counselor, referral source, and an advocate for an individual. The Parish Nurse is a blend of professional nursing and spiritual caregiving. The Parish Nurse visits members at the church and in their homes or care facilities.
Mary Hume was commissioned as the first Parish Nurse of Prince of Peace in July, 1999.
Adapting to Change
As we prepare to come together to worship, it is important that we care for ourselves and for others. Continue to abide by the guidelines of the Shawnee County and the Governor Kelly; wear your mask in public, wash your hands often, keep your hands away from your face and get plenty of rest. We have heard the precautions over and over, but when we are able to have services in the church and do the social distancing, we must remember all the precautions. When we have services, remember to bring your mask even though we will have some available if you forget. The church service set-up might a little different, but we can accept change as it may occur.
We have been blessed not to have any direct illnesses related to the virus in our members, but we have had friends who has been ill because of the virus. Continue to pray for God to work through the scientist to discover a cure and a vaccine so we can be safe from the virus.
We have had the church cleaned and disinfected and this will continue.
Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. Psalms 34:4
Reintegrating into the Outside World (Even Church)
Social distancing will change us as a society. We will be left with new work and shopping habits and new social behaviors. We will appreciate our friendships and support networks more, and we will understand that some of the things we used to value are not as critical as we thought. We might even learn to live in the unknown with less discomfort—to understand that not everything can be controlled, despite our best planning.
Returning to church services will be unique for a while. We will be wiping the chairs and the door handles after each service, give communion with masks and gloves on and have less hugging and sharing together. It does not mean that we are emotionally distancing ourselves, but continuing the precautions that has been encouraged these many weeks. We do not know how long this will continue, but we respect each other.
When the Covid-19 pandemic eases, none of us will face re-acclimation alone. We will be joined by a global community who have faced isolation together. We may glance at each other warily for a day or two when it is safe to emerge. But we will quickly adjust and be grateful for the human connection and touch we grew to miss while we were alone.