Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness


First Met embraces a holistic understanding of wellness that includes six dimensions: physical, spiritual, mental/emotional, intellectual, environmental and social.

Promoting personal wellness and healing has been central to Christianity from the beginning. We offer programs to promote physical health and well-being on such topics as healthy eating, decluttering, end of life care, information on community resources, facilitating support groups, and support healing through health counselling, education and Healing Pathways appointments.

We also support health and wellness events in the community.  See Events - Vancouver Island Health Authority; Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health (University of Victoria) for more information.

Wellness Programs

We have programs that are ongoing throughout the year. See our Events Calendar for details. These include:

Caregiver Support Group

The Caregiver Support Group provides support for family members who have a loved one with a dementia. The purpose of the group is to strengthen the coping abilities of active caregivers through sharing common experiences, learning about dementia and its impact on the family and encouraging caregivers to actively engage in their own physical and emotional health. The group is an independent member of the Alzheimer's Association and is facilitated by Heather Querengesser, Kyla Morrison Morgan and Emily MacDonald. The group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. in the Chapel at First Met. For further information, contact Kyla Morrison Morgan, Health and Wellness Advocate at 250-388-5188, ext. 226.


First Met offers two six-week Mindfulness courses during the year, one in September and October and another in January and February, currently on Tuesday evenings. In these highly participatory courses participants learn how to increase their awareness and concentration, improve their ability to cope with stressful situations and to develop self-compassion and compassion for others. Guided instruction is provided in selected mindfulness practices such as mindful breathing, body scan,  mindful walking, awareness of thoughts and emotions, mindful movements and compassionate meditations.

The fees for the course are $75 and are used to fund Spiritual Care and Wellness initiatives at First Met.

For more information, contact Kyla Morrison Morgan, Health and Wellness Advocate, at 250-388-5188, ext. 226, or email  

Gentle Yoga and Chair Yoga 


Join us for low-cost gentle yoga with instructor Elaine Duke in the Chapel. Beginners are welcome and the suggested cost is $5 per session. No matter what your ability you will enjoy this gentle yoga practice which improves flexibility and calms the mind. Our instructor is very knowledgeable and can help adapt poses for those with limited mobility. Gentle yoga takes place Mondays and Fridays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Chair yoga is held Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Please contact our Health and Wellness Advocate for more information at 250-388-5188, ext. 226, or email

Evening Restorative Yoga

Imagine you could take a rejuvenating break that would last the whole week through. Restorative Yoga is the study of deep relaxation. Long, supported poses using bolsters and guided meditation allow students to relax, restore and renew. Consider this healing practice as a mini retreat for the mind, body and soul. Join us at First Met for Restorative Yoga - eight-week series on Thursdays from 6:30 -8 p.m. Cost is $75 and space is limited. Please contact the First Met Health and Wellness Advocate to find out more about our upcoming dates at 250-388-5188, ext. 226 or email

Tai Chi

Join Tai Chi Master Kit Wong (teaching Mondays class) for Chen-style Tai Chai to improve your inner and outer balance while also having fun! Classes are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Participation is is on a drop-in basis and donations are welcomed (donations go to supporting the First Met Health and Wellness Bursary Fund). For more information, please contact Carol Halvorson at 250-386-6670 or Health and Wellness Advocate Kyla Morrison Morgan at 250-388-5188, ext. 226, or email

Healing Pathways

Healing Pathways sessions promote relaxation and well-being so the body can rest and self-heal. Healing sessions are offered by practitioners who have trained in a United Church Healing Pathways program or through other accredited healing practices (such as reiki or therapeutic touch). All practitioners follow a code of ethics. Sessions are not intended as a substitute for medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. Sessions are available by appointment on Mondays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (the last appointment is at 2:00 p.m.) There is no cost for treatments but donations are welcomed. For more information or to make an appointment please contact Joan Mickelson at 250-385-4033 or Health and Wellness Advocate Kyla Morrison Morgan at 250-388-5188, ext. 226, or email   

Summer Strollers

This group meets at Willows Beach at 10:30 a.m. each Thursday from late May to late September.The Esplanade at Willows Beach offers an even paved surface on which to walk and benches for resting along the way. After a stroll participants gather at the Kiwanis Tea Room for refreshments, great conversation and laughter. We have a wonderful group of volunteer drivers to help folks get to our meeting point, stroll along with them and get them safely back home by noon. If you strolled last year, you will be contacted by phone to arrange a driver and pick-up time. If you are a new stroller and/or volunteer, please contact Health and Wellness Advocate Kyla Morrison Morgan at 250-388-5188, ext. 226, or email



Upcoming Events

Gentle Yoga

Monday, February 26, 2018 & other dates

Healing Pathway

Monday, February 26, 2018 & other dates

Tai Chi

Monday, February 26, 2018 & other dates

Chair Yoga

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 & other dates

Restorative Yoga

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Gentle Yoga

Friday, March 2, 2018 & other dates