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.
The ADVENT RESOURCE, from the Down and Dromore Committee can be viewed and copied from HELP for YOU section, under Liturgy of this website.
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…..
Photo L to R
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 8 December 2022
His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear
Isaiah 11:3 (ESV)
Matthew and Luke give accounts of the Nativity of Christ and the events which preceded it. Each of those Evangelists cites Isaiah’s prophecy as key to our understanding of God’s plan to redeem the world from sin. Isaiah struggled against disbelief and rejection. Faithful though he remained, he knew God’s word would be rejected.
Isaiah’s audience was pre-disposed to resist prophetic truth. Their land was rich with the silver and gold that they wanted and they were happy to go along with the religious practices and superstitions of their neighbours. Their eyes and ears were unreceptive to the message of coming judgement; they had worked out their destiny for themselves. They paid lip service to the worship of God but their heart was not in it and for his part God was unmoved by their professions of piety.
By limiting their vision to what they saw with their own senses mankind had shut out God’s light. God, by his grace introduced another Word to the scene of time, one whose vision would not be limited by what he saw and heard around him; God sent his Son as the very embodiment of the light which mankind needed.
John’s Gospel does not include a narrative of The Nativity, but it offers a succinct commentary on its significance. “The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world” (John 1:9). God’s light to mankind comes as an offer, to be accepted or rejected as in the words of John 1:12, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God”.
Modern mankind, (under the values of “The Enlightenment”) claims the right to determine by what “truth” they shall live. As Christians we renounce the authority to do so for ourselves and submit instead to the light which is circumscribed in a plain understanding God’s word. We content ourselves to live by an authority which our world, by and large, rejects.
We pray to remember the nature of our ministry as witnesses to the light in God’s grace. We seek the wisdom of his true light today as our board meets to consider how that ministry might be developed and sustained.
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
|Tues 29 Nov||Prayer Hour at 162||10.00 am|
|Thurs 1 Dec||Book Club at 162||10.30 am|
|Fri 2 Dec||St. Anne’s Healing Service||1.00 pm|
|Mon 5 Dec||Craft Group at 162||10.00 am|
|Tues 6 Dec||HC at 162 (personal prayer available)||10.00 am|
|Wed 7 Dec||Coffee morning||10.30 am|
|Friday 9 Dec||St Anne’s Healing Service||1.00 pm|
|Mon 12 Dec||Craft Group at 162||10.00 am|
|Tues 13 Dec||Prayer Hour at 162||10.00 am|
|Friday 16 Dec||St Anne’s Healing Service||1.00 pm|
|Wed 4 Jan 23||Reopening|
|Thurs 5 Jan 23||Book Club at 162||10.00 am|
|Friday 6 Jan 23||St Anne’s Healing Service||1.00 pm|