Health and Wellness

Advance Care Planning

The Yakimovich Wellness Centre and the Victoria Hospice have created a two-part interactive and action-oriented Advance Care Plan (ACP) series to be released in September 2020.The sessions will be delivered on the Zoom platform. Each session is 1.5 hours. See our Events page for more information.

COVID-19: To help First Met congregants and friends cope with self-isolation and the stress of the continuing public health emergency, we offer a selection of links that may be of use. Also see our Spiritual Tool Kit page.

The Risks of COVID-19: Know them, avoid them: A summary of the risks of COVID-19 with suggestions for avoiding them. Dr. Erin Bromage makes the science accessible and offers concrete examples. This information is provided to help increase awareness and knowledge of the disease as BC takes its first steps toward "re-opening." 

Click here for the summary.

Nutrition Resources: Click the links below for helpful eating information.

Canada Food Guide

BC Health: Healthy Eating for Seniors Handbook

Exercise Resources: Click the links below.  

Tips on how to pick the right online workouts for seniors

The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology guidelines for seniors 

YMCA virtual workout videos, including for those with reduced mobility

Stress Management:

Stress managment tips: An interview with McGill University psychiatrist Dr. Gustavo Turecki 

Thought provoking articles: a series of faith responses to the ongoing health crisis 

A Christian Response to the Coronavirus: by Dr. Esau McCaulley of Wheaton College in the New York Times

A view from the Jesuits (America Magazine): Faith in the time of the Coronavirus


Mindful Self-Compassion

Family Resources:

Family Caregivers of BC may be able to provide help and support to some families in dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak.  


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.

Community Resources

Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning begins by thinking about your beliefs, values and wishes regarding future health care treatment. ... When you write down your wishes and instructions for future health care, you are making an Advance Care Plan. ... For the B.C. government's advance care planning guide, click the link below:  

Advance Care Planning

This interactive workbook will help you complete an advance care plan that outlines your wishes about health care decisions in the event you are unable to do:

Getting started - BC Advance Care planning interactive

For other community programs, click the link below:

Click here for a list of community health and wellness related programs 

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 Emily MacDonald 250-886-9975 or Heather Querenguesser at 250-721-9705.

Gentle Yoga, Gentle Yoga Plus and Chair Yoga


Join us for low-cost gentle yoga with teacher 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 teacher is very knowledgeable and can help adapt poses for those with limited mobility. Gentle yoga takes place Mondays and Fridays from 10:30-11:45 a.m.

Chair yoga is held Wednesdays at 10:30. Click here for more information.

Tai Chi

A group meet for Chen-style Tai Chai at First Met on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12 p.m.-1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall to work on balance while also having fun! 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 Edeana Malcolm at 250-412-7682.

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. 

Summer Strollers

This group meets at Willows Beach at 10:30 a.m. each Thursday from late May to 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. Click here for more information.




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