Ministry of Healing and Wholeness
What is Christian Healing?
“Christian healing is God meeting you at your point of need.”
(Bishop Morris Maddocks)
Healing was an essential part of Christ’s ministry, (Matthew 4:23) - a ministry which he passed on to the Church.
Today, Christ is still our healer as he meets with us in the power of the Holy Spirit, bringing healing and wholeness to body, mind and spirit.
The Church believes that all true healing is of God and co-operates with the medical professions to bring healing to the whole person.
What does Christian healing offer?
- Forgiveness of sin
- Inner healing of emotional problems eg anxiety, resentment, hurts of the past, healing of memories etc.
- Physical healing
How is it offered?
Christ’s healing is offered through:
- The Holy Communion
- Separate healing services
- Individual ministry with healing prayer
All these may include the laying on of hands, anointing with oil, confession and forgiveness.
Who offers it?
Christ is the healer and through his Holy Spirit the Church offers this ministry in his name. Both clergy and lay people who are called to and trained in this ministry are available. This ministry is confidential.
The church in this diocese follows the guidelines for Christian healing as set out in “A Time to Heal”, a report for the House of Bishops on the Healing Ministry.
Could it be for me?
“Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. The prayer of faith will save the sick.” (James 5:14-15)
If you are in need, help is available.
Who should I contact?
Talk to your parish priest/vicar or church leader, who will help and advise you.
Training and Development
The Bishop’s Advisor for the Ministry of Healing, supported by a team of clergy and laity is:-
The Revd Dr Peter Bryars
He and his team are available to assist parishes in the development of the healing ministry and the setting up of local healing teams. They are also willing to lead “healing” services for parishes and deaneries if requested. Further information is available from the Advisor, as above.