The Church’s Ministry of Healing –The Mount, Belfast

The Church of Ireland introduced two healing Ministries in 2009, one based in Dublin, the other in Belfast.  They are autonomous charities, and have a formal agreement that two members of each Board attend the other’s Board meetings to provide harmonisation.  There is no hierarchical structure, geographical, diocesan or indeed religious partition in the Church’s Ministry of Healing.  The Church’s Ministry of Healing in Belfast is open to those of any faith and none, and is not geographically restricted.  The Church’s Ministry of Healing in Belfast is free at the point of need where necessary, and therefore depends on financial support from the public, and we welcome contributions to our work. 
The Church’s Ministry of Healing–The Mount in Belfast is a cross-community, inter-denominational outreach of the Church of Ireland to those of any faith or none, who are in difficulty and who need help.  We seek to promote, and give everyone, irrespective of their cultural or religious affiliation, access to God’s healing power through Christian healing, secular counselling and personal ministry, delivered in a non-judgemental, accepting, professional, ethical and theologically sound manner.

The Ministry is grounded in the Christian values of hospitality, belonging and wholeness which fosters opportunities for healing, growth and reconciliation at an individual and communal level so that all can reach their fullest potential.  This is achieved through a wide range of professional and strictly confidential counselling and support services, which are provided in a private, safe, and non-judgemental environment.   

Our mission is to bring peace and harmony in an increasingly troubled world, and this is delivered in a secure, ethical and theologically sound manner, so that all may receive God’s grace.  The ministry is complemented by a professionally supervised, secular, non-judgemental, qualified counselling service.

Our aim is to journey with individuals who struggle with daily life; especially those in physical pain, emotional turmoil and spiritual discomfort to bring them hope and courage, peace of mind and tranquillity of spirit.  

Help for you

The help for you which we offer is comprehensive, integrated and discrete to best meet individual needs of those in difficulty, and the needs of parishes and groups who seek to be informed and practice effective prayer, healing and reconciliation. Each helping branch is boundaried and distinctive with professional supervision and audit, yet flexible to encourage confidential progression between the ministries to lead to self-esteem, a vibrant faith, social rehabilitation and church integration.

While each area of help is defined, the Director of Ministry would encourage you to discuss your individual needs with her, to determine what category of help might be best suited to you or your organisation.

Help for us ………to deliver this Ministry at the point of need…….. 

Healing Services out and about…..

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Billy McAlpine, St Donard’s Parish, Belfast; Rev Pat Mollan, Church’s Ministry of Healing; Canon Paul Hoey, Rector St Canice’s Parish Eglinton.

Sunday 17 October 2021

At the invitation of Canon Paul Hoey, I travelled to Eglinton, Co Londonderry,  to take part in a Healing Service on Sunday 17 October, 2021, at St Canice’s Parish Church, Eglinton, accompanied by Billy McAlpine from St Donard’s Parish Belfast.  It was raining as I left Downpatrick to collect Billy in Belfast, but as we travelled the weather improved.  The Glenshane Pass welcomed us with splashes of sunshine illuminating the hills, encouraging us past extensive roadworks, but that was nothing to the warm welcome we received at St Canice’s.  It was so lovely to be back ‘on the road’ again travelling throughout the province to tell of the work of CMH and join in healing prayer with a congregation.  Billy had come with me to tell some of his journey through bereavement accompanied by the Christian Family.  After praying for the Bishop and the Rector, but remaining socially distanced, the congregation came forward to form a large circle round the chancel.  As we approached each person  they said their name and were prayed for individually by name and received a blessing.  So many people wanted to come forward that we had to repeat the process!

What a wonderful way to mark St Luke’s-tide!

Visit of the Primate and Archbishop of Armagh

On Monday 25th October the Church’s Ministry of Healing-The Mount was blessed in a visit by Dr John McDowell, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. His Grace visited at the invitation of the CMH Board who were keen to share with him the progress we are making with regard to our future and to gain from him the blessing of his office as we proceed. The event was fruitful in both respects.
Archbishop John spent an hour and a half with us. He gave us his most hearty encouragement as we go forward both in our future and the part that we might play in the life of our country which is so much in need of healing in this pandemic and beyond.
The Archbishop was especially exercised upon how greatly our young people have suffered over the recent past. He expressed his concern for their future in face of so many lost opportunities in their young life experiences that cannot be restored.
At the end of his time with us the Archbishop gave permission to make the visit central to our prayers this week and we in turn extended the promise that we would include him personally within those.
We thank God for this encouragement as it stimulates us to greater urgency in the affairs of his kingdom and the ministry of Christ’s mercies for healing in our land and amongst its people. We pray for our processes as we look to organise to play our part in those ministries of grace; and we pray for His Grace, Archbishop John as he strives to fulfil his office. Poignantly he reminded us that he was elected to the Primacy on 11 March 2020 to encounter within a week or so those ravages of lockdown which have affected our people so gravely and constricted his own opportunities for personal engagement which his duties would normally require.
We follow closely today the Apostle Paul’s instruction at 1 Timothy 2:1-4:
“First of all then I urge, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Saviour who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
We have been truly blessed.

 

Thursday Prayer  

Each Thursday the CMH Board prays between 7.00 and 8.00 am for the Ministry of Healing, and we invite you to join us…….

Church’s Ministry of Healing -The Mount

Hour of Prayer for Our Ministry — 9 December 2021

                                                               

“The Psalms are the songs of a journeying people” (Esther De Waal)

 

 

As she reflects upon the central place that the Psalms occupy in contemplative lifestyle Esther De Waal offers the following personal insights:

 

The psalms are the songs of a journeying people and I can identify in them many of the feelings on my own journey with God.”

 

Whatever the mood of the psalms, or whatever my own mood, saying the psalms day in and day out, for year after year after year, no matter how I feel, unites me with thousands of men and women across all divides of time and place who have shared them with me”

 

(From: “A Life-Giving Way” (pp.66 & 67), Canterbury Press, 2013).

 

 

Our contemplations during Advent (and beyond) will bring to mind many particular journeys which we will be able to define as “Pilgrimages” in their own right.  The Christian life in general, when it is lived intentionally and therefore in the awareness of movement in The Divine Presence, is by its nature a perpetual journey of pilgrimage.  There are many “ups and downs” and unexpected developments along our course of travel.

 

 

In Psalm 107 we find a broad template for the pilgrim’s path.  That Psalm offers us, in a series of case studies, much upon which the traveler may profitably reflect.  I suggest that for this week we take up its first half, that is Psalm 107:1-22.

 

 

Before setting out the traveler must consider the nature of the terrain to be covered.  Nevertheless, we are called to journey with confidence for as Verses 1-3 demonstrate we have a sure guide.  Hazards will nevertheless present; these verses evoke three kinds.

 

There first is the temptation to wander unwarily into “desert wastes” that will leave us hungry.  Secondly there is the temptation to wander into self-assured by-ways, taking the course that seems best to us without consulting and heeding the guide; we will need to be delivered after much pain.  Thirdly there is the willfully sinful path which is perhaps best illustrated in the impulsive life choice of the “younger son” from Luke 15, full hearted repentance will represent our only hope.

 

In all instances God is faithful and, whatever the cost in suffering that we bring upon ourselves, he is gracious to redeem and restore.  The wise traveler will from the outset guard against all danger and stay close to their guide and protector.

 

 

Psalm 107 offers to us a double call.  Firstly, to be faithful, individually and collectively.  Beyond that comes our call to service in God’s kingdom; we must be ready to reach out to others who have been overtaken by misadventure.  We offer our response totally dependent upon God’s grace and mindful towards others that “There, but for the grace of God, go I”

 

 

May God bless and make fruitful our prayer and contemplation before him.  Please remember the CMH Board as it meets today, hoping to be honoured by a visit of Rt. Rev George Davison, Bishop of Connor.

 

 

David (M)

 

                                               

 

Diary Dates

     

DIARY  DATES  AUTUMN 2021

DAY

DATE

TIME

ACTIVITY

 

Tues

7 Dec

10.00 am

Holy Communion & Prayer for Healing

Fri

10 Dec

1.00 pm

Healing Service @ St Anne’s

   

1.00 pm

Healing Service @ Down Cathedral

       

Mon

13 Dec

10.00 am

Craft Group

Tues

14 Dec

11.00 am

Prayer for Israel & the Nations

Wed

15 Dec

10.30 am

Contemplative Prayer FCP

Fri

!7 Dec

1.00 pm

Healing Service @ St Anne’s

       

Mon

20 Dec

10.00 am

Craft Group

Tues

21 Dec

10.00 am

Holy Communion & Prayer for Healing

       
     

Christmas Break 23 December to 4 January

     

Office reopens Tues 4 January 2022

Holy Communion with Prayers for the Sick

10.00 am Tuesdays:   bimonthly

Prayers for Israel & the Nations

11.00 am Tuesday:  monthly

 Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer

10.30 am Wednesday:  monthly

 

Healing Services

1.00 pm         Every Friday at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast

1.00pm          First Friday in month Down Cathedral, Downpatrick

8.00 pm         First Tuesday in month St Molua’s, Stormont, Belfast

We are open for one-to-one prayer and counselling by appointment at 162

(phone 90795832)