The Church’s Ministry of Healing –The Mount, Belfast
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.
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
Visit of Bishop Andrew Foster, Derry and Raphoe 17th February 2022
CMH Autumn News Letter 2022
It is wonderful to be back in full swing at 162 and St Anne’s Cathedral on Fridays. I am delighted that there has been a slow, but steady flow of clients through our doors. Life has resumed its vibrancy! The Covid virus did remove me from active service for over a week, but thankfully that was all, and I am grateful for the vaccine which moderated the effect. While ‘resting’ at home there was plenty of time to think. Mornings were approached gently while sitting back in bed watching the bird life on Strangford Lough. A couple of curlews foraged for worms and beetles on the shoreline and appeared to be always busy, but the most patient of hunters was a heron, who would sit ‘hunched up’ for hours on a post quietly watching the water lap around it, that is until some unsuspecting fish chanced to swim by. Then action was swift and very accurate. We too have to take our opportunities when they come!
I am delighted that invitations are coming in from further afield. This term I have been invited to preach at a Healing Service at St Canice’s Parish Church in Eglinton, near Londonderry, on Sunday 16th October. Three weeks later, on 6th November, I have been invited to preach at a Healing Service in Ardee, Co Louth. Nearer home I am invited to speak at Interdenominational Divine Healing Ministries in St Patrick’s Parish Church Ballymacarrett on Thursday 27thOctober and Inch Parish Church on 30th October2022. Already, I have an invitation to speak at Randalstown Mothers’ Union in March 2023. These invites have come as a great encouragement after the quietness of ‘lock-down’.
In-house at 162 we have a group of ladies coming from St Matthew’s Parish for coffee and an informal chat on healing. Our regular Friday Lunchtime Healing Services continue at St Anne’s Cathedral Hall at 1.00 pm, where individual prayer is available.
Wishing you every blessing,
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 – Thursday 9 February 2023
“And the believers… were amazed”
For our meditations today we return to Acts10:34-48; Peter is addressing guests in the home of Cornelius in Caesarea. The audience comprised two distinct groups. Cornelius had invited some friends who were local non-Jewish people, while Peter was accompanied by some of his own Christian friends from a Jewish background. It is Peter’s Christian friends who are “Amazed”; not the people to whom the presentation was really directed. How could the previously well informed group, the ‘initiated’ one might say, have become overtaken by what happened?
Evidently these believers had limited their expectations within their previous religious knowledge and spiritual experience. They failed to comprehend the breadth of Peter’s reference that, “God shows no partiality”. They did not expect the reaction of Peter’s Gentile audience. Most crucially, they failed to reckon on the power of the Holy Spirit in their situation.
These were not the last people in the history of the church to miss the point of the gospel which they professed. People are prone to misunderstand. God’s potential is not limited by the range of our imagination. We are not to be uninformed in our human understanding, but we must apply the light from Christ to what we see and are being told. That is why we are called to live “by faith and not by sight” and cautioned not to “lean on our own understanding”.
Our board is due to meet today We pray that those deliberations will be graced by the wisdom of Christ. We seek, as ever, to discern the will of God and by the unction of the Holy Spirit to apply our hearts and minds obediently to him. We give thanks for what has been. Like those Jewish believers in Caesarea, we bring with us a Godly heritage. We give thanks for every blessing we have known, but we seek to learn the lessons of our past as well. Let us look forward with the eye of faith, strengthened by what has gone before, but not conditioned by our past.
Holy Communion with Prayers for the Sick
10.00 am Tuesdays: bimonthly
Prayers Hour at 162
11.00 am Tuesday: monthly
Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer
10.30 am Wednesday: monthly
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