Parish Nurse Ministry

In our Parish Nurse Ministry, we conduct seminars on various

health and wellness topics that are of interest to our parishioners.  



Across our country, and for many years, nurses and associated health care professionals are volunteering in churches to assist parishioners in improving the health of their body, mind and spirit in a preventable, proactive approach to health care.  They play a variety of roles including resource educator, counselor and advocate in their faith family.  If you are a health professional and would like to be a part of this ministry, please contact Maryjane at 203-888-2382 ext. 104 





STOP throwing unused medications and over-the counter products down the toilet or sink!
Click on the link below for information on how to properly dispose medications :

How to dispose of unwanted medications





Griffin Hospital is always looking for volunteers. 

To be eligible you must be able to make a minimum commitment of 4 hours per week for 6 months, and over 14 years of age. 

Volunteers must be comfortable with patients, sensitive to their needs, and possess good interpersonal skills. 

If you are interested in volunteering please call Laura Murphy at 203-732-7466           




 Upcoming Events: 

Shingles Vaccine 
Sunday, March 8th 8:30-11:30am. Church Hall



These FREE events are being offered at Griffin Hospital. Seating is limited & you must register for each event.
Please call  203-732-1511 for more information and to register: 


 Home Fire Preparedness Campaign

by, Red Cross trained volunteers and/or licensed professionals

During your FREE home visit you will receive:

* Installed smoke alarms if needed

*Guidance in developing a Family Disaster Plan

*Valuable emergency tips & preparedness information

To schedule your free visit , register at


Free Friends & Family CPR Training

The 3rd Saturday of every month

10 am - 12 noon at Griffin Hospital

This is a non-certifying course that teaches the basics of adult and child CPR and relief of choking. 

Call Cathi at 203-732-1337 to sign up and for more info




Griffin Associated Support Group for People with Parkinson's


Support Group: Once monthly meetings to discuss topics related to the disease for those with Parkinson's and for their caregivers  Meetings are held in the 1st floor Conference Room of the Center for Cancer Care at 350 Seymour Ave. Derby

Exercise Group: Biweekly exercise session for people with Parkinson's Disease led by Physical and/or Occupational Therapists. Cost is $180 for an 8 week session

NOTE *You will need a signed consent form from your doctor, and must pass the screening process for eligibility into this group

For more information please call 203-732-7445



 Griffin Hospital Multiple Sclerosis Support Group

The MS support group is held the second Tuesday of every month from 3-4:30pm.  It is a time to share and also learn about services that are available.  They have various guest speakers including physicians, physical therapists and holistic therapists.  The group is held in the Dining Room Meeting Room 2.  For more information or if you have any questions, please call 203-732-7584.  No reservations are required, please come as often as you are able.



Free Car Seat Check-Up

by, Griffin Hospital & the Valley Parish Nurse Program

2nd Wednesday of the month in the morning

3rd Wednesday of the month in the afternoon.

Place: 4 Mountain Street, Derby (behind Griffin Hospital)

Please call 203-732-1337 for appointment of email



Wellness for Life

Did you know that 80% of chronic diseases can be prevented with proper nutrition, daily activity, and positive emotional health? 

The Wellness for Life Program can help you attain a healthier, happier life.

What to expect:

Personalized 12-week program

Custom fitness training

Individual nutrition guidance

Weekly group sessions with health experts


For more information contact Eunice Lisk, MS at 203-732-7107 for more information or


Life after Stroke Support Group

Join us for free help and support

2nd Thursday of each month

12 noon - 1 pm

First Floor Conference Room

Center for Cancer Care at Griffin Hospital

350 Seymour Ave. Derby

Call 203-732-7445 for more information


FREE CDC Healthy Lifestyle Program at Griffin Hospital

The CDC Diabetes Prevention Program is designed to assist participants in:

reducing their body weight by 7% and increasing physical activity to 150 minutes per week

to help prevent Type 2 Diabetes.  

This program runs 16 weekly weekly sessions, followed by monthly support for a year. 

Contact Mary Swansiger at 203-732-1137 or


Make a difference in the lives of others - VOLUNTEER!

Volunteers play a vital role at Griffin Hospital


St. Thomas the Apostle Church is a caring, welcoming, Christian community experiencing God through the spirit of warmth, belonging, and joy.


Phone: 203-888-2382


733 Oxford Road

Oxford, CT 06478

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