Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness Advocate

Kyla Morrison Morgan is a Registered Social Worker with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of human services. She was a hospital Social Worker for Island Health for 10 years. She has an excellent knowledge of the local health care system and various community service providers. Kyla is an active community member and has a deep commitment to social justice. She is also the mother of two wonderful young children. As the Health and Wellness Advocate, Kyla can help you navigate the healthcare system and connect you with the appropriate services. You can meet with Kyla by appointment or on Sundays after church service. Please call 250-388-5188, ext. 226, or email at [email protected] 

Health and Wellness Programs

For more details on Health and Wellness events, see our Events Calendar

To get involved in the community or learn about volunteer opportunities here at First Met, please see Volunteer Opportunities and Community Resources at left side of page. 

Mindfulness Programs

Mindfulness courses and workshops are often offered in the Fall and Winter. Learning how to incorporate mindfulness into everyday life is an effective way to maintain mental and physical health, as well as cultivate a calm and peaceful mind.

Due to COVID-19, we are currently unable to offer any mindfulness programs. Please see the links below if you would like to learn more on how to cultivate mindfulness into your daily life. 

Mindful.org

Mindful Self-Compassion

Wellness Programs

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 on topics such as healthy eating, end of life care, support groups, health counselling and Healing Pathways. 

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.

  • Caregiver Support Group

The Caregiver Support Group is open to the community and focuses on providing support to family members who have a loved one with 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 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.

If you would like to attend, please contact Emily MacDonald at 250-886-9975 or Kyla Morrison Morgan at (250) 388-5188 ext. 226 

  • Gentle Yoga 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 a minimum of $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 am. See Events for more information

 

  • Tai Chi

A group meets for Chen-style Tai Chai at First Met on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall to work on balance while also having fun! Participation 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 (temporarily postponed due to pandemic)

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). Healing Pathways sessions promote relaxation and well-being so the body can rest and self-heal. 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  (temporarily postponed due to pandemic)

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.