Parish Health

As part of the Health and Healing Ministry of St Peter’s, the Health Cabinet supports the Parish Nurse, Karen Li, various Caring Teams, exercise programs and our Pastoral Visitors. The Parish Nurse works with the Health Cabinet and is accountable to the church corporation.

The Health Cabinet is a committee of the church made up of persons who are interested in fostering the relationship between faith and health. They meet once per month and act as a resource and support to the parish nurse in setting and meeting yearly goals for education. The Health Cabinet is supported by the Inter-Church Health Ministries of Durham Region.

Also, we host various information sessions for our parish dealing with a wide variety of topics. As a member of Inter Church Health Ministries (ICHM), we offer courses for our parishioners related to Health and Healing Issues.

St. Peter’s was one of the first parishes (1998) in the Diocese of Toronto to implement a Parish Nursing program.

While no ‘hands-on’ nursing is provided by this ministry, it has proven invaluable in advising parishioners on a very wide range of issues relating to health and healing. It operates under the overall direction of a Health Cabinet, and is an integral part of a broadly-based Pastoral Care team.

What is a Parish Nurse?

The Parish Nurse Ministry is rooted in the beginning of Christianity. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke outline the work of the Disciples as preaching, teaching, and healing. In recent years, the care of the sick has become institutionalized and largely separated from the healing ministry of the Church.

Parish Nursing reclaims the healing portion of the Christian mandate, where faith is central to the whole process. Registered nurses working with the clergy and parishioners provide that link.

What Does the Parish Nurse Do?

The Parish Nurse assists parishioners in health and healing through:


Education is incorporated into existing programs of the church, emphasizing the relationship between faith and health. For seminars/workshops please see Coming Events


Individuals and/or families are assisted in accessing the health care system regarding their needs.


The Parish Nurse visits in homes, nursing homes, and hospitals, and is a clinical resource and support to all lay visitors who provide spiritual and social care.


A confidential environment is provided for parishioners to explore health concerns, difficulties, and dissatisfaction in terms of faith, lifestyle changes, and community resources.

“Lord, Grant your healing grace to all who are sick, injured, or disabled, that they may be made whole”.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care ministry is considered one of the most vital ministries at St. Peter’s. Since Cobourg has long been a favourite retirement community, many members of the church are either confined to their own homes or reside in nursing homes or one of the retirement residences. The Pastoral Ministry team has over twenty members who make regular visits to parishioners.

The group holds regular meetings, with the parish nurse and the clergy as resource people, to share information, provide mutual support and to participate in educational programs to strengthen their skills for this ministry. Many members of the team report that their involvement in this ministry has been extremely rewarding and many of those visited report how much they appreciate the visits.


Parishioners are reminded to let the clergy know, by phoning the church office 905-372-3442, when family members are ill in hospital. Occasionally parishioners who are admitted don’t give their denomination and are not on the “Anglican list”, so clergy have no way of knowing they are in hospital.


Support and assist our Parish Nurse, Karen Li. Programs to both foster the relationship between faith and health and promote caring for the whole person, body, mind and spirit, are offered to our parishioners and the wider-community.
Your involvement and support are both encouraged and appreciated!
If you have an hour or two once a month, please consider getting involved with the Health and Healing Ministry.
For more information about any of the programs outlined, please contact Karen Li through the church office or speak with any of the Health and Healing Ministry Team.

Friends @ 10 is operated by a special group of dedicated volunteers most Friday mornings in the Hutton Room. Parishioners and members of the community gather to visit with our Parish Nurse at her Friday Clinic ??or to have a chat with others over a cup of tea or coffee. Everyone is welcome.

Prayer Shawls are created by gifted crafters and blessed before being presented to the sick, elderly, bereaved and newly baptized. Mittens are given to our preschoolers each year. If you know someone who would appreciate a shawl or mittens, speak with Karen Li.

Anyone who would like to participate in this ministry should contact the coordinators, Janet Baillie and Janet Lang

Transportation, for those unable to get to church services, is offered by faithful volunteers.

If you have time and are available to assist, please call the church office and leave a message for Pauline Cyr. Both Pauline and our parishioners will welcome your support.

Thursday Fellowship, this gathering enjoys a cup of coffee or tea and a variety of delicious treats following the 10 a.m. Eucharist. On the third Thursday of the month, we celebrate the month’s birthdays with a cake, cards and rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday”. All are welcome.

Friendly Visitors to Northumberland Hills Hospital  Sandra O’Neill-Brown and Rhonda Cross spend time with our parishioners and others who

Foot Care is offered once a month to our Soupertime Guests by our former Parish Nurse, Diane Froncz.

Dental Care is offered to Soupertime guests by Fran Richardson. Dental supplies and advice are provided.

Alongsiders pray daily for those in need of specific prayers as well as the parish and the world. A prayer chain is created by several Alongsiders, for emergency situations. Donna Brotherhood prepares the monthly guide — even while she’s living a snowbird’s Florida life.

Volunteer Care Teams are coordinated by our Parish Nurse Karen Li. These teams are created to meet the needs of parishioners or their family members by providing a range of assistance, e.g. from helping with eye drops to driving someone to an appointment, or keeping a sick person company while providing respite for a caregiver. The parishioner’s privacy is essential and the operations of the Care Teams are confidential.

Volunteer Pastoral Care visitors spend time with seniors in neighbouring retirement and nursing homes. Our seniors welcome the companionship. St Peter’s offers monthly worship services in local care facilities in Cobourg and Port Hope. Helen Notter coordinates the Pastoral Care Team; she would welcome your involvement and support. Please call the church office.

Free Health and Wellness Education programs are offered throughout the year to parishioners and members of the larger community.

Lunch and Learn sessions are offered following the 10:30 am Sunday services.

Interactive Workshops with refreshments are offered during the week. Past topics have ranged from Elder Abuse and Parkinson’s to Arthritis and First Aid.

Visit our calendar to see our exciting plans for the upcoming year. Participants are asked to register with the church office to assist with planning and organizing refreshments.

Blessing and Healing Prayers bring comfort to anyone experiencing physical or emotional issues. Talk to us about specific concerns that you want included in prayer. These prayers are offered up in the chapel following worship services.

A Caregivers’ Support Group is facilitated by our Parish Nurse, Karen Li. The group provides assistance for those caring for a loved one with chronic health issues. You are invited to join the conversation on Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Understanding and acceptance of all situations is offered. Sessions end with prayer. Contact Karen Li.

A BLUE CHRISTMAS service is offered on the Sunday before Christmas for those who have suffered loss and are feeling lonely or sad. The service includes readings, prayers and music and the lighting of candles. Following the service, the Health and Healing team offers refreshments and fellowship.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry mission is to knit/crochet lovingly-crafted shawls which are then blessed and presented to the sick, elderly, bereaved and newly baptized.