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 tranquility 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

 

 

Autumn Letter

CMH Autumn News Letter 2022

Dear Friends

                        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,

            Pat Mollan

 

 

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 – 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.

 

 

David (M)

 

Diary Dates

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

 

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)