On Tuesday morning members of Buzz (our local NHS Health and Well-being Team) paid Brunswick Church a visit. They came to offer anyone between the ages of 40-74 years old a free health MOT. Their presence nicely complemented the fledgling Community Well-being Café which we host here every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime. The cracking good food draws folk in from the local area for a healthy square meal and friendly company, all of which provides a great antidote to loneliness.
Understandably people can feel very nervous when the spotlight is on their health, afraid that they might discover an underlying medical problem or that they might be asked to make some difficult changes to their lifestyle. I eventually plucked up my courage and sat down in the church lounge with a very friendly Well-being Advisor who quickly put me at my ease. Over the next 20 minutes she proceeded to check my height (I am taller than I thought!), my weight (I am heavier than I would like!), my cholesterol and blood pressure (all good) and then to ask me a few questions about my alcohol consumption and weekly exercise habits (both of which need some intervention!). All in all, I got a clean bill of health and I left feeling reassured that I will be around for a few more years to come!
Free health checks of a different sort are also on offer at church every Sunday morning. During our time of confession and absolution, we have the chance each week to come before God and to examine with him the current state of our hearts and minds, and our actions and thoughts over the past week. The sense of his forgiveness often lifts our weary spirits. Through the worship and teaching, prayer and blessing that follows we can sometimes hear God’s advice to us about the changes we might need to make to keep our souls fit and healthy for the future.
Each month we complement this healing process with our own well-being meal in the form of Bring and Share after our service. Why not come and join us this Sunday for some great food and good company, not to mention some free spiritual health advice.?
Enjoy the rest of your week.