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 Belfast Ministry is open to those of any faith and none, and is not geographically restricted.  The Ministry is free at the point of need where necessary, and therefore depends on financial support, and we welcome contributions to our work. 
The Church’s Ministry of Healing–The Mount 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.




Church’s Ministry of Healing (The Mount)

Lockdown arrangements.  Most teams will be able to meet via Zoom and notification will be given.  If you are uncertain ring the office.

If you need help just phone 028 9079 5832

Down Cathedral Healing Service will continue online on Friday 4th December at 1pm – it can be viewed through the Cathedral Webcam which can be accessed via the Cathedral website,

All other services are postponed.



Hour of Prayer for our Ministry 

At our Annual General Meeting we invited others to join the Board members as we pray for the future course of our ministry.  This is an explanation to assist those praying friends, who have not taken part in our conversation to date.  


In the secular community people face uncertain and challenging situations every day.  Every legitimate occupation in our society exists to meet human need, including the needs we have not anticipated.  People and organisations find their way forward by their wits and through their own resources.  Some problems prove too great for individuals and single enterprises so it becomes necessary to seek help where it may be found.  There is an ever present risk that some such might deliver less than what is hoped for; the original problem may become greater still.

When the Board of CMH met to continue its conversation about our future, we decided to take a course that might appear radical to some.  We decided to suspend all discussion and, until our next Board meeting at least. we would pray for one hour individually from 7am every Thursday.  In our prayer time we would be still and would listen.  Words from Psalm 46:10 and Philippians 4:6&7 came to mind.

So here we are today, praying on.  When, after several weeks, the process was firmly established amongst the Board members we felt able to invite others to join our hour of prayer, and here you are with us.  You are welcome and we hope you will be blessed and be a blessing to all as we grow closer to God through silence and by listening in prayer.

David Matchett prepares weekly notes to focus and co-ordinate or prayer and if you would like to receive these email Rab at 



Faithful prayer warriors are very special members of our team at the Ministry of Healing The Mount, and especially those who have been engaged on our Emergency Prayer Line for many years.  We are sorry that one such combatant, Olly Stapleton, has decided that she should retire from our ranks because of difficulty hearing the phone requests for prayer.

I first met Olly when I became Curate Assistant to Canon Brian Mayne in the Lecale Group.  Olly was a member of Ardglass parish.  When I later set up prayer groups in the Lecale parish churches Olly because a regular and active member.  Our friendship stems from there and spans twenty one years.  When I moved to Church’s Ministry of Healing in 2004 I took the opportunity to invite Olly to join our Emergency Prayer line, which operates six teams on rota.

We will miss Olly greatly, but thank her for all that she has done to bring Christ’s peace and healing into troubled situations, and for extending our boundaries.  We pray for Olly that she will continue to know God’s enfolding love, peace and joy in the years to come.

If you feel called to such a ministry, or know someone who might wish to join, please phone the office at 028 9079 5832.



Diary Dates

DIARY  DATES for November

Friday          27 November       10.30      D Team Via Zoom
                                                  1.00 pm Healing Service St Anne’s Cathedral Hall cancelled
Monday         30 November    10.30       Craft Group cancelled