Participants listening during a presentation by the visiting Australian team
CLERGIES, Nurses, Laymen, and women leaders of the Anglican Church of Melanesia (ACOM) has this week undergone two days of thoughtful workshop on how the church and health can address social issues such as alcohol, drug abuse and domestic violence in the society.
All Saints Parish in partnership with the NRH Nursing Division jointly organizing this training program for two days
Director of Nursing Department of the National Referral Hospital, Selwyn Hou presented alarming statistics on the occurrence of alcohol, drug abuse and domestic violence in Solomon Islands.
The theme of the workshop is ‘Church and Health Linking for a Healthier Society.’ Mr. Hou explained that the key focus of the workshop was to develop strategy and linking health and church for opportunities to address alcohol, drug abuse, domestic and physical violence.
The All Saints Parish took the initiative in adopting that concept as its mission in addressing these issues.Through its partnership with its sister parish of Batemans Bay parish in Canberra diocese in Australia.
Through that partnership in mission a team of five is been invited by the All Saints parish to visit the Parish in Honiara from the 5th to the 11th June 2013.
The team consist of Bishop Ian Lambert, Rev. Collin Walters, and Pastor Garren Walton, Mrs Helen McInnis Westman a nurse clinician.And David Westman a partner in mission.
The team with their expertise were asked to facilitate in a program to train health workers and church leaders.
To training health workers and church leaders on drugs and alcohol abuse and its related effect on man and society.
Representing Anglican Diocese of Central Melanesia, Vicar General Bishop Johnnie Kuper commented that Church workers should be in the frontline of bringing back youths to the church to learn of Christ and His principles of healthful living.
He said if we are to foster a healthy and productive Solomon Islands church workers and health must work together.