A growing number of North Carolina churches are offering their congregations health and wellness resources, alongside spiritual guidance. Some churches have nurses on staff to take care of members’ medical issues.
A statewide program allowing churches to apply for mini-grants to provide health services is accepting applications from June 1-30.
To qualify, churches must already be certified by the N.C. Council of Churches as a Partners in Health and Wholeness congregation.
“A church is often a hub of a community,” said Christine Pernell, program coordinator for Partners in Health and Wholeness, a program of the N.C. Council of Churches. We see that more and more often, churches are not just open on Sunday morning, but open for support groups, for AA meetings, for Al-Anon, for exercise classes.”
In addition to churches being an ideal place to distribute health services and education to the community, Pernell says when people attend church, they’re often open to knowledge and self-improvement.
Some of the programs open for grants include smoking cessation, weight loss, blood-pressure screening, community gardens, food pantries and mental health programming.
For more information, contact the N.C. Council of Churches at 919-828-6501or firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church and the Burwell School in Hillsborough are co-hosting a staged reading of “The First Woman President,” a play by local playwright Keith Burridge at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 17.
In this one-woman show, actress Danielle Fenton performs as Edith Wilson, the widow of President Woodrow Wilson. As she prepares for the inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961, Edith recalls her whirlwind romance with Woodrow Wilson 40 years earlier.
During his presidency, he suffers a debilitating stroke, which Edith conceals not only from the people and Congress, but also from his cabinet. For a time, she takes over running the government, acting as “the first woman president.”
Burridge is a British researcher and Kenan Distinguished Professor at UNC. He is ranked in the top 1 percent of the most-cited scientists in the field of molecular biology and genetics and has published more than 190 peer reviewed articles.
Reservations and tickets at $10 are available from St. Matthew’s during office hours and also at the door.
The church is located at 210 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough.
Donna Washington, a Triangle-area storyteller, folklorist, award-winning recording artist and author, will present an evening of lecture and storytelling at the Church of Reconciliation, 110 N. Elliott Road in Chapel Hill, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, June 4.
“Our myths and legends are at the core of who we are, but from where do those stories spring?” Washington asks. “Come with me on a journey through the towering archetypes that still shape our lives. Reaching out to us from the past, they inform how we move through the present.
“Knowing our stories helps us make headway into our future, from roots to wings, on the words and images of myth.”
The fee is $10. The event is sponsored by the C.G. Jung Society of the Triangle.
The Take and Wear Clothes Closet at Lystra Baptist Church, 686 Lystra Road, off U.S. 15-501 in Chatham County, will be open from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 11.
Anyone who needs clothes is welcome. Everything is free.