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.

Visit of Bishop Andrew Foster, Derry and Raphoe 17th February 2022

Pat receives a donation from the Black Santa Christmas Appeal, special guests were Conor Burns, Minister of State for Northern Ireland, comedian and actor Tim McGarry,  and the Dean.

 

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 – 18 August 2022

 

 

Building

 

We read in 1Kings 3:15:

And Solomon awoke, and behold it was a dream.  Then he came to Jerusalem and stood before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and offered up burnt offerings and peace offerings, and made a feast for all his servants.

 

At this point, and in his capacity as a builder, Solomon exceeded the wisdom of his father.  Some practitioners might question why he should not have got straight down to the job in hand.  Building operations require plans, materials, and labour yet here Solomon goes to church and throws a party.  How is that a good use of time and money?

 

Solomon was far sighted; he recognised that to do anything for God he had to start right before God.  Further still, that he could not hope to succeed without the commitment of others.  By bringing his offerings, Solomon was extravagant in his worship.  By throwing a feast for his servants he showed the respect in which he held them and demonstrated that they were part of God’s plan.

 

At creation God saw that “It was not good for a man to be alone”.  Abraham was to be “The father of many nations”.  Israel had twelve patriarchs.  Moses floundered in the wilderness until he took on the wisdom of sharing his burden with others.   The Lord Jesus called twelve to be his disciples.  When he commissioned them, he did so collectively “You shall be my witnesses”.

 

Of the ‘temple’ today we read from the Apostle Paul at 1 Corinthians 3:16,

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him.  For God’s temple is holy and you are that temple.

 

Every aspect of Paul’s reference is in the plural form, but one.  The only singular reference is to the “anyone” who would destroy and who in turn would be destroyed.  God’s economy can accommodate but one ‘Soloist’.  God’s work under him is collective.

 

As we go to prayer today let us remember and honour the service of all with whom we share the work of God according to his will.  We give thanks for the fellow-labourers with whom we toil.  We pray that more be sent to the harvest.

 

For this week another contemporary hymn comes to mind, it was written by Dave Richards:

For I’m building a people of power

 and I’m making a people of praise

 that will move through this land by My Spirit

and will glorify My precious name.

 

We echo:

Build your Church, Lord

Make us strong Lord,

join our hearts Lord, through your Son. 

Make us one Lord in your body,

 in the kingdom of your Son.

 

 

 

David (M)

                     

         

        

Diary Dates

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)



The CMH:TM Office is closed for the month of July, unless for a previously arranged appointment.


The CMH:TM office will reopen in August.

Dates for your Diary August 2022


Fri 12 August                       1.00 pm  Healing Service at St Anne’s Cathedral.

Sunday 14 August              11.30 am  Morning Prayer at Down Cathedral. 

Wed 17 August                   10.30 am  Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer at 162.  Witness – Pat Mollan.  Saying (2 Cor 12:9).

Fri 19 August                       1.00 pm  Healing Service at St Anne’s Cathedral.

Fri 26 August                       1.00 pm  Healing Service at St Anne’s Cathedral.


Dates for your Diary September 2022

Thurs 1 Sept.                       10.30 am  Book Club.  Chapters 1,2,3 of ‘The Mount of Olives’ by Michael V. Ivanov.

Fri 2 Sept.                             1.00 pm  Healing Service at St Anne’s Cathedral.

                                                1.00 pm  Healing Service at Down Cathedral.

Mon 5 Sept                          10.00 am  Craft Group at 162.

Tues 6 Sept                          10.00 am  Holy Communion with Prayers for the Sick.

Wed 7 Sept                          10.30 am  Holywood Parish Church HC.

Thurs 8 Sept                        10.30 am  CMH:TM Board Meeting.

Fri 9 Sept                              1.00 pm  Healing Service at St Anne’s Cathedral.

Mon 12 Sept                        10.00 am  Craft Group at 162.

Tues 13 Sept                        11.00 am  Hour of Prayer.

Fri 16 Sept                            1.00 pm  Healing Service at St Anne’s Cathedral.

Mon 19 Sept                        10.00 am  Craft Group at 162.

Tues 20 Sept                        10.00 am  Holy Communion with Prayers for the Sick.

Wed 21 Sept                 10.30 am  Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer at 162.  Witness – Pat Wilson.  Saying (Zech 4:6).

Thurs 22 Sept                      10.00 am – 12 noon  CCHH Seminar at Cairnshill Methodist Church, Speaker: Rt Rev Harold Miller. ‘Stumbling Block or stepping Stone: The Covid Pandemic and the Ministry of Healing.’

Fri 23 Sept                            10.30 am  D Team Meeting.  Chapter 11, 12

                                                Frances Mc Nutt, Deliverance from Evil Spirits.

                                                1.00 pm  Healing Service at St Anne’s Cathedral.

Mon 25 Sept                        10.00 am  Craft Group at 162.

Fri 30 Sept                            1.00 pm  Healing Service at St Anne’s Cathedral.