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……..
Church’s Ministry of Healing -The Mount
We are delighted that the Covid situation is such that Lockdown restrictions are being eased.
As we re–open the Friday service will be a Healing Service at 1.00pm in 162 . The bimonthly Communion service on Tuesdays will commence. At both the normal Covid restrictions of entry, mask wearing, space with open ventilation and social distancing will continue at 162.
I do hope you will be able to join us for these very important steps forward.
The diary dates can now re-commence and I draw your attention to that section of the web-site for full details.
May God continue to bless us and keep us….
My Dear Friends
What does it feel like for you now that lockdown has been eased and we are gradually moving into a more usual regime? I can not only sense the difference, but I hear it as I sit in my office at CMH, with the traffic surging along the dual carriageway. Looking out, I see the lush uncut grass on the central reservation between carriageways, with a delightful array of wild flowers, gentle pink cuckoo flowers I used to pick as a child, and a host of golden dandelions, which I was often encouraged to pick before the seed heads blew a potential multiplication into the air. It is there for all to see, the beauty all around us and many reasons to return praise to God for his goodness.
Returning to public worship after lockdown is something we have waited eagerly for, so we set off in good time on Sunday morning travelling the shortest route to Inch Parish Church from home by Greystown Road, just off the Killyleagh Road. This is a route I don’t often take because it is a single track road and negotiating a safe passage needs all your concentration. It is a frequent passage for dog walkers and young horse riders, both of which need to be given lots of space. However, Sunday was a beautiful day, with bright sunshine and blue skies, so, being early for church I had all the time in the world to admire the scenery, and I chose this little road. Everything was going well until I rounded a corner to find myself right behind a most handsome male pheasant all puffed up and displaying his colourful plumage to a little insignificant female pheasant further up the road. Time disappeared as I moved the car slowly forward so as not to disturb his agenda, but we still made it into the third row in church, among the early birds! In the stillness I remembered a saying often heard at home: ‘Two men looked out from prison bars: one saw mud; the other saw stars’. This quote, which is quite appropriate for our situation, has been attributed to many people, but it points to the fact that we should stop worrying and start living life as God intended, while returning praise and glory to Him for the privilege of living in a world with such beauty.
We have been fortunate to have been able to keep 162 open from the end of June 2020 through lockdown to facilitate one-to-one counselling and prayer. This has been a fulfilling privilege, and we have been able within the past few weeks to extend our opening to include the Tuesday Holy Communion Services, Prayers for Israel and the Nations, and our Friday Healing Services. The Book Club will restart on 6th May. The Diary Dates are at the end of this letter. We hope to be back at St Anne’s later in the month and, depending on the situation, be free for other activities in house and farther afield.
The progress to a fuller ministry has to be slow and steady. We wish to keep everyone safe, so like the handsome pheasant, we must have patience to gain the fullest reward.
May God keep you safe and lead you steadily onward as you seek His glory.
Your sister in Christ
Donation from the Black Santa Appeal
We were delighted to receive the £725 grant to The Church’s Ministry of Healing- The Mount, from the ‘Black Santa Sit-Out’ appeal. We are very appreciative of this generous assistance with the training programme for our counsellors and volunteers.
It has been a very unusual time, but we have been able to continue with the one-to-one ministry. Our house of prayer is spacious with four entrances/exits, and so lends itself to a one-way system to keep people well distanced. We do however desperately miss our Friday Healing Services at St Anne’s and look forward to the Covid restrictions being eased to permit reinstatement of this ministry.
Hour of Prayer for the Ministry of Healing
6th May 2021
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (ESV)
The Psalmist aspires to think and to speak as God would wish him to do. Psalm 19 defines the source for its author’s confidence. God is both ‘Rock” and “Redeemer”. The stability and identity of ancient Israel depended on those two images.
Our world is riven by political and economic instability. There is a daily heated debate about the condition of the planet we occupy and a global crisis in face of the Covid 19 pandemic. Public and social media are awash with angry conflicts around various issues of identity. The Psalmist in contrast has found both stability and a secure identity from which to think and to speak. The three parts of the Psalm define his orientation in God.
In verses 1-6 he finds his perspective from God who is revealed in the natural realm as Creator. By the light mainly of the sun but also of the heavenly bodies of moon and stars he admires and appreciates something of God’s glory. Psalm 139:14 harmonises similarly “I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” God reveals himself in Creation and he has endowed humanity with the capacity to find him therein.
In verses 7-11 he describes how he has absorbed himself in the wisdom of God’s word which he finds as desirable as the finest gold and the sweetest honey. In respect to God’s “Law” he relies upon more than the general insight which nature provides. Consequently the Psalmist acknowledges that he must position himself intentionally in order truly to be guided by God’s word.
In the third part of the Psalm, reading verses 12-14, we find the author orienting his life in relationship with God. He recognises both his faults and his tendency to commit sins. He describes the subtlety of unperceived sin fed by misplaced presumption. He has reflected upon the image of light (vv 1-6) and the restraining capacity which resides within God’s rules (v.11). He now resolves to proceed in reliance upon each of these God given faculties as his protection against failure of insight and ethical mistake.
We go to prayer this week seeking from God both the right thoughts for this ministry and the resolution to carry them out for his glory.
(All quotations are from the English Standard Version)
Hour of Prayer for 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 by email , contact Rab at firstname.lastname@example.org
At the bottom of our garden lane there is a small rough paddock, home to two male Konik ponies. They are separated from six female Koniks who mostly live on the adjacent Hare Island, which is connected to the lane through the Rivers Agency site on the shore. I said mostly because the Environmental Heritage staff, the keepers of these unusual feral ponies, move them as required. These wonderful dun coloured ponies have a distinctive dark black/brown mane and dorsal stripe. They can exist on very rough land and are good for managing wet lands, which makes them desirable short term residents. So they get invitations to clean up various areas. The fact that they can live on rough ground doesn’t mean that this is their desire. We do know that far off fields are greener; the two males ate through the old wooden fence round their paddock and were seen rolling in ecstasy on the lush green grass of the neighbouring fields.
Perhaps, at this time of restrictions due to the Corona virus, we too want to escape to a green luscious space, an area where we will feel free and unrestrained?
…be content with what you have, because God has said:
‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’
So we say with confidence. ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid, What can man do to me?’
Nearly home one January afternoon, while the light was still bright, I slowed down turning into the laneway leading to home. Not only did the car slow, but I could feel the peace of the place surround me as I surveyed the peaceful scene of the Quoile River as it flowed into Strangford Lough. Ahead the green of the islands and protected quietness abridged my strained thoughts, and there on a pole, a buzzard, surveying the land just as I had done. I stopped to observe, and realised that I’d been noticed, but dismissed as uninteresting, while the surrounding fields were carefully scanned for prey: a vole, rabbit, mouse or even a crow would have been acceptable. Happy for them, none were seen and the buzzard lifted into the air and rose to circle overhead.
Oh that I would have the concentration of that beautiful bird, but then her life and offspring depended on it. The thought struck me: my life depends on God. Do I seek Him as diligently as the buzzard seeks her food? Do I watch for Him; wait for Him; observe and know His ways?
If you make the Most High your dwelling – even the Lord who is my refuge – then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. (Psalm 91:9,10)
Adjacent to our home is a small lagoon which was created when a causeway was established to create an entrance to our home. It is connected to Strangford Lough by a large pipe under the causeway, and this allows the tide to rise and fall in the lagoon. To our surprise and delight a white heron-like bird appeared in the lagoon at low tide one day. It was smaller and certainly more timid than the grey herons which are common on the shore.
When approached, it would take to flight and tuck its long legs underneath displaying vivid yellow feet. It was a Little Egret. Each day, having adopted the lagoon as a source of food, it would rummage the shallows for small fish, crustaceans and worms and then retreat to the branch of a nearby tree when the tide came in. For a long time he was solitary, disappearing for a while, then reappearing with a friend. Now, I wait eagerly to count and welcome their annual family of three to six offspring
I often wondered just how he encouraged her to come initially, maybe it was the tranquillity, the beauty, a source of nice food, or his innate charm. I would imagine the romantic scene and the invitation… ‘Come and see my lagoon’.
Then, my musing would transpose to higher thought……
Will You Come And Follow Me
If I But Call Your Name?
Will You Go Where You Don’t Know
And Never Be The Same?
Will You Let My Love Be Shown,
Will You Let My Name Be Known,
Will You Let My Life Be Grown
In You And You In Me?-
Mon 3 May MAY DAY HOLIDAY
Tues 4 May 10.00am HC at 162
Thurs 6 May 10.30 am Book Club
Fri 7 May 1.00 pm Healing Service at 162
Mon 10 May 9am Strategy Day at CMH
10 May 10.00 Craft Group
Tues 11 May 11.00 Prayers for Israel
Fri 14 May 1.00 pm Healing Service at 162
Mon 17 May 10.00 Craft Group
Tues 18 May 10.00 HC at 162
Wed 19 May 10.30 Contemplative Prayer
Fri 21 May 1.00 pm Healing Service
Mon 24 May 10.00 Craft Group
Thurs 27 May 11.30 CMH Board
Thurs 27 May 2.00 pm CMH AGM on Zoom
Fri 28 May 10.30 D team meeting
Fri 28 May 1.00 pm Healing Service
Mon 31 May SPRING BANK HOLIDAY
Tues 1 June 10.00 am HC at 162
Thurs 3 June 10.30 am Book Club
Fri 4 June 1.00 pm Healing Service
Mon 7 June 10.30 am Craft Group
Tues 8 June 11.00 am Prayers for Israel
Fri 11 June 1.00 pm Healing Service
Mon 14 June 10.00 Craft Group
Tues 15 June 10.00 HC at 162
Wed 16 June 10.30 Contemplative Prayer
Fri 18 June 1.00 pm Healing Service
Mon 21 June 10.30 Craft Group
Fri 25 June 1.00 pm Healing Service
Mon 28 June 10.30 Craft Group
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
1.00 pm Fridays at 162 until further notice:
We are open for one-to-one prayer and counselling by appointment at 162
A Service of Wholeness and Healing
From Down Cathedral, Downpatrick, N Ireland