Health Ministry

Kay Jones – Commissioned Minister of Health
(570) 366-1333


Our mission is to promote, educate, and nurture the spiritual, emotional, social, and physical health of our church family, as well as our community. We are committed to the promotion of healthy lifestyles and healing options by addressing issues of wholeness and wellness.

St. John’s Congregational Health ministry’s work:

  • February and August American Red Cross Blood Drives.
  • Diakon Lutheran Services offers Wednesday morning exercise program at St. John’s
  • Shawl Ministry continues to provide loving handmade shawls to those in need
  • Monthly Blood Pressure checks continue to monitor our health
  • Yoga continues at St. John’s on Tuesday evenings
  • Self Defense Awareness Training class on Thursday evenings
  • St. John’s participated in the “Plant a Row for the Hungry” initiative with fresh food distributed at the food bank.
  • St. John’s is helping to provide long term disaster recovery through our Schuylkill County VOAD (Volunteer
  • Organizations Active in Disaster) membership.
  • We hosted “Walk St. John’s” program over the summer and will continue to grow that program
  • We participate in the Interfaith Health Network’s activities below as members of the Interfaith Health Network
  • We distributed the Congregational Survey at the annual meeting in January. We use the survey to guide our work for the year.
  • Newsletter articles/health updates keep us on track.
  • Health Ministry has a Bulletin Board in the large Sunday School Room

The Interfaith Health Network of Schuylkill County

The Interfaith Health Network (IHN) is a ministry of St. John’s Orwigsburg as reaffirmed at our Congregational Meeting in 2008. IHN is a strategic partnership of Schuylkill County’s VISION. Marie Beauchamp is the director of the Interfaith Health Network

Listed below are the major projects of IHN:

  • Flu inoculation grant participation with Emory University and VISION including free congregation based flu shot clinics
  • Partnership in the Schuylkill County VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster)
  • Partnership in the new Immunization Coalition of Schuylkill County
  • “Plant a Row for the Hungry” Initiative
  • Dissemination of reliable health information and information on community health programs
  • Partnering with Diversity Council on the “Circle of Understanding” programs; programs included Islam and Buddhism
  • Partnership with the Schuylkill Work Group for Community Health to establish a community health center for Schuylkill County

We welcome anyone who is interested in joining the Health Ministry or working on a specific project to contact Kay Jones at (570) 366-1333 or email: