Senior Adults and Health

Health Ministry

Staff Contact: 266-7541

Health Ministry emphasizes the church’s responsibilities to minister to the individual’s whole person physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual aspects—in the way Christ ministered to the total person. The Parish Nurse (faith community nurse) provides health education, personal health counsel, referral, facilitation, and integration of health and healing. The Parish Nurse adheres to the code of confidentially. The Parish Nurse does NOT give injections, draw blood or perform other invasive procedures that may occur in a doctor’s office or clinic.  

Some of the services provided include:

Blood Pressure Clinic is held from 9:30-11:00 AM most Sundays in the parish nurse’s office.

Card Ministry reaches out with cards to members of the congregation who celebrate 70+ years at their birthday. They also send cards at significant anniversaries to those who have experienced loss.

Caring Helpers assist persons by providing transportation to medical appointments, grocery shopping, delivering flowers, etc.

Countryside Caring Ministry includes trained volunteers who make hospital and nursing home visits. Hospital visitors see patients at local hospitals daily Monday through Friday. Nursing home/homebound visitors make monthly visits and an additional contact with cards and phone calls.

Media Ministry Volunteers deliver videotapes or DVD’s of the worship services weekly to those unable to attend worship.

Sunday Drivers provide transportation to the 11:00 AM service on Sunday morning. If you desire a ride, please call the church by noon on Friday. If you ride each week, notify the church only if you will not be riding.

Medical Equipment Loan. Wheelchairs, walkers, quad canes, and other equipment are available for loan. Contact Countryside’s office.

CUMC Walkers: The gym is available for walking most weekdays 3:00 – 5:00 pm. Sign in at the church office.

T.O.P.S. (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly): A close-knit support group open to men and women who are dealing with weight issues meets every Friday from 9:00-10:00 AM in Classroom 4. Weigh-in is from 8:00-8:45 AM.

N.A.M.I. (National Alliance on Mental Illness): “Family to Family” education workshops which are specifically for families of persons diagnosed with a brain disorder such as schizophrenia, a mood disorder (depression, bipolar), panic, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The 12-week series of classes meets periodically during the year. Pre-enrollment is required. In addition, there is a support group that meets on the second and fourth Thursday, 7:00-8:15.

Senior Adult Ministry

Staff Contact: 266-7541 to be connected with the ministry team chairperson

The Senior Adult Ministry Team plans events and activities that meet the needs of seniors within the congregation coordinating with existing ministry activities.

Shepherd’s Center of Topeka (SCT) s a multi-faith organization for active adults over the age of 55. “Adventures in Learning” sessions are presented four times a year with four Fridays each session. A variety of classes are held each Friday. Opportunities are also available for exercise, musical entertainment and brunch at each session. Countryside sponsors SCT along with 27 other congregations in the Topeka area. Further information is available at 267-0248 or www.shepherdscentertopeka.org.

Pickle Ball, co-sponsored by Shepherd’s Center and Senior Adult Ministry, is held Mondays 3:00-5:00 PM in the Countryside gym. All ages are welcome.

The Senior Sippers is a group of adults ages 55+ who get together on the first Thursday of the month at 10am for fellowship and conversation. They are currently meeting at Pizagels at the corner of 29th and Fairlawn. If you are new to the group, call the office to confirm the location of that month’s meeting. All are welcome!