Health and Wholeness

careNetworkKeeping our bodies and minds in good shape helps us be prepared to answer God’s call to serve Him through worship, connect with Him through the study of Scripture, and act for Him by helping others.

Parish Nurse Betsy McKeeby, is our church’s health counselor. She also is health educator for the congregation and community, as well as the advocate and referral liaison to community resources. The purpose of the health and wholeness ministry is to promote the physical and spiritual health of our congregation by providing information, health screenings, classes, and programs.


Memory Impairment Caregiver Support Group

New Support for caregivers and family members of those with memory loss; Share, learn and experience spiritual support.  Meetings are 12:30 – 1:15 on the second Tuesday and Thursday of each month in Matthias Bldg Rm 320.  Free but registration is encouraged for planning purposes.

bflogoBrain Fitness Club


Brain Fitness Club (BFC) is a ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Winter Park and open to serving community members experiencing early memory loss related to Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, or other forms of dementia. Twice a week the club members meet for four hours to participate in activities that exercise the mind and body. Members of the club report that the bonds they form with others facing similar challenges makes their journey just a little easier. They enjoy camaraderie with their new friends and benefit from the thought provoking activities and physical exercises facilitated by professional staff members. With a close affiliation with UCF and Rollins College, the members of BFC have opportunities to interact with college students. Following a thorough evaluation of cognitive strengths, each member is assigned to a Graduate Clinician from UCF’s Communication Disorders Clinic who provides 30 minutes of 1:1 Cognitive-Communicative Therapy each week. In addition, each member receives a homework binder with activities to complete on days not at BFC.

If interested in joining an upcoming 14-week semester, please contact Tammy Rethinking at 321-279-3648 or to schedule a pre-enrollment interview and to discuss tuition fees.

The Journal of Active Aging
Posted here with permission, this article appeared in the Jan./Feb. 2014 issue.
Innovators-Brain Fitness Club

Florida Conference Connection
Read another article about the Brain Fitness Club’s award.

Growing Bolder Magazine 
Read article here

Additional Programs

  • Medical Supply Closet
    Medical supplies including wheelchairs, walkers and crutches are available for use as needed. To make a donation or request supplies, please contact our Parish Nurse.
  • Blood Drives
    Our quarterly blood drives help meet critical needs in our community. You can’t miss Florida Blood Center’s Big Red Bus, when it’s parked on Lincoln Ave. next to the sanctuary. To request that you be contacted prior to each blood drive, please contact Patricia Jobson.
  • Our Whole Community
    First UMCWP is one of nine churches participating in this interfaith collaboration working to improve the health and wholeness of Winter Park, Maitland, Eatonville, and Orlando communities through shared programs. Our Whole Community comprises projects such as providing rental box in a community garden for individuals and families.
  • Mental Health Counseling
    Licensed mental health counselors are available at the church through the Community Counseling Center of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Please call 407-876-4991 for an appointment. This is a fee-based service.
  • Bereavement Support and Walking the Mourner’s Path Class
    Looking for help to transform grief into joyful living? Walking the Mourner’s Path is a Christ-centered, non-denominational 8-week grief support program. The core belief is that grieving is not lack of faith but a natural part of living. The program is held twice a year. Contact: Rev. Gary Rideout
  • Support Groups
    Various support and 12-step recovery groups hold meetings at the church to help people in dealing with different life issues. Call the church office for current meeting times.

Betsy McKeeby R.N., Parish Nurse
407-644-2906 ×237