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.
CMH-TM Strategic Focus
Purpose: ‘Bringing wholeness in Christ Jesus through prayer.’
Core Values: Dependence on the Holy Spirit;
External: By 2028 to be recognised as a Centre of Excellence for prayer and healing ministry;
Internal: By 2024 to have in place management and support structures which facilitate the expanding ministry.
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 – 8 June 2023
“Remember not to be tempted to rush it.”
I was invited to bring the first reading of last Sunday morning’s Communion Service. The request was made with a hint of diffidence, I thought, not chiefly because it was the first time of asking in the particular setting, but the person was aware that the passage for Trinity is exceptionally long. Genesis 1:1-2:4 records the six days of creation, the institution of the Sabbath and a conclusion.
I took down and reviewed a copy of the version used in the local church. My observation that it would indeed be a long reading prompted a very well placed response, “Remember not to be tempted to rush it.” The advice was “spot on”; on the day I did as I had been advised.
My role was simply to do what was asked of me as well as I could. The flow of the service and the duration of its parts were not my concern. By accepting the task, I put myself at the disposal of others. After the service I received thanks for bringing the reading clearly, its length was acknowledged.
Our Ministry’s vision and our goals place us at the disposal of parishes. We walk with local churches as facilitative partners, mutually empowered by the Holy Spirit and encouraging one another. We remind ourselves that ministry to the community remains the responsibility of the local church. We respond to the needs identified with any parish (or other congregation) which might call upon us, and we respect its timetable.
We read in the gospels of some occasions when the disciples, in their misplaced zeal, tried to rush Jesus. After the early healing miracles in Peter’s home, at the Transfiguration and even in Gethsemane the followers pressed their initiatives before the Lord. They had to learn to adapt to God’s plan and timing, and so must we.
We pray to be busy and effective in the work that we have been given. We must do our work well, ever sensitive to the Spirit in prayer, speech and action. Let us pray that others will be guided in the way of the Spirit to join with us in “Bringing Wholeness in Christ Jesus Through Prayer”.
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