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.
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 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Gentle Yoga Plus for those with yoga experience runs Wednesdays, 10:30-11:45 a.m., except for the first Wednesday of the month. Chair yoga is held Wednesdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Please contact Elaine at email.
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 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.
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.