Bringing Christ’s healing presence to those in need;
in body, mind or spirit
Another opportunity grasped…
THE CHURCH’S MINISTRY OF HEALING: THE MOUNT is advertising for an
ADMINISTRATION AND MINISTRY SUPPORT ASSISTANT
To assume the administrative responsibilities in the office, including reception, telephone and basic bookkeeping and to assist the CEO in delivering the ministry of healing with volunteers amongst people of all ages and backgrounds.
For more information about the above post and to receive an application pack please contact
Rev Dr Patricia Mollan
The Church’s Ministry of Healing: The Mount
162 Upper Knockbreda Road
Closing date for applications is Friday 7th July at noon.
Interviews will take place week beginning 17th July.
Prayer for Israel and the Nations
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
“May they be secure who love you!
Peace be within your walls
and security within your towers!”
For my brothers and companions’ sake
I will say, “Peace be within you!”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.
Prayer for Israel and the Nations meets at 162 Cregagh House in the Chapel
on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 11 am.
We discuss what is happening in Israel and also around the world over a cup of coffee.
We then proceed to pray for any difficult situations in Israel and worldwide including our
own Province of Northern Ireland. This can be very enlightening and challenges us to
pray wider than our own limited areas of concern.
Click to hear and see last evening Downshire Brass in Action
Downshire Brass Band Concert has asked to be invited again next year;
Thank you all for your wonderful support, looks like about £1000 for CMH with more donations to come in…..
Always great fun, and usually sold out.
Holywood Parish, St Philip and St James, Co Down.
Holywood Parish prayer course; completion of eight sessions in four weeks. Pat received a very generous cheque of £1900 for the healing ministry and is seen with Canon Gareth Harron, Rector, Helen Mackie, Rev Jim Sims, a long-standing friend, member and supporter of the Church’s Ministry of Healing, and Alan Mackie.
Church of Ireland’s Church and Society Commission
Over 20 clergy and other church leaders recently attended a seminar on issues surrounding mental health, hosted by the Church of Ireland’s Church and Society Commission (CASC) in Church of Ireland House, Belfast. The third of a series of occasional seminars hosted by CASC, the morning had input from three speakers, with a particular focus on the area of perinatal and postnatal mental health.
The first speaker was the Revd Dr Pat Mollan, Director of the Church’s Ministry of Healing at The Mount, Belfast. Pat spoke broadly on the issue of ‘Faith and Mental Health’ and the importance of relevant faith intervention through ongoing ministry, but also the importance of not neglecting medical intervention at the same time. Pat also shared from her own experiences with postnatal depression.
The second speaker was Dr John Kyle, a member of a Belfast City Council but, more significantly in this instance, an experienced GP in East Belfast. John brought to bear much of what he has learned through his experience, including a useful description of warning signs and also of some avenues of help, including some self–help resources.
The final speaker was Lindsay Robinson, whose blog ‘Have you seen that girl?’ has grown into a website and into a movement to campaign for better support for maternal mental health matters. Lindsay spoke powerfully and personally of her own journey with postnatal depression, and also shared testimony of the importance of her faith – and her struggle in faith – throughout the journey.
The event was opened and closed by the outgoing Chair of CASC, the Revd Adrian Dorrian, who said in his closing remarks: “One of the things that is very apparent from what we’ve heard this morning and from other experiences is that this is an issue we may not always recognise, but one that is a very real part of the life of our parishes. Thanks to those who spoke today for offering us their experience and hopefully helping us as church leaders to be better equipped to help others in the future.”
With thanks to the Church of Ireland press offie.
Armagh Healing Committee on a Quiet day at Echo Sound
Saturday 20th May 2017
Coffee Morning and Plant Sale. Pat Wilson and Frances Gibson prepare fthe plant table for the crowds…..
Thank you all so much for your support. What a wonderful day and over £1,000 raised……
Loyal members at the AGM enjoy the prayer garden…
Pat’s Prayer Letter
My Dear Friends
We have seen some amazing changes within the last year. The previous general election brought with it the vote for Brexit: the exit of the UK from the European Union, and with it a new Prime Minister. Then in our own area of the United Kingdom the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI) scandal, the New Year resignation and death of Martin McGuinness and then the fall of the Stormont Executive. Into this period was the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States of America, Donald Trump with a different style of leadership. Yes, the world is changing and rapidly.
Canon Brother David Jardine invited CMH to take a one hour slot each month on the Divine Healing Ministries initiative to pray for our city and our land during the six months between January and June. Two hours each weekday, Monday to Friday, had been set aside at St George’s Parish Church, Belfast for this. There has never a more appropriate period to choose to engage in this enterprise of prayer as so many worldly situations are altering and challenging our perceptions and stability. We look to the Church to help us at a time like this, but there we find change and movement as well. However, Ecclesiastes 1:9 records: ‘What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.’ Over 100 years ago (in 1903) William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army said: ‘I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost; Christianity without Christ; forgiveness without repentance; politics without God; and heaven without hell.’ Yes, we certainly see these things that William Booth foresaw, but we as Christians must have the courage to stand for the truth in the Bible, and for Christ. One of the things Jesus spoke about was the afterlife, and it is clear that he believed in heaven and hell as real places. The world’s views change constantly, but if we build on the world’s views, we are building on very shaky foundations. It is important that we are not distracted by world events. We should recognise that we are in the world, but not of it. Our cornerstone is Christ who is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)
CMH activities resumed in January with a seminar entitled, ‘A Friend in High Places’ led by Rev Desi Maxwell who caused us to consider the concept of the resurrection with the help of Job. The lunch that followed enabled us to further discuss the topic and catch up with friends.
Donaghadee Parish invited me to join them for their Ash Wednesday communion service and lunch to mark the beginning of Lent. There were two events in Armagh Diocese; the first an evening on ‘Prayer’ at Derryloran, Cookstown, at which many parishes were represented; and the second was a morning at Markethill Ladies Group to speak on the work of CMH. Healing Services were held at Glenburn Methodist Church which was attended by members of Cregagh Methodist; a lunchtime service at 1st Lisburn Presbyterian Church and then on Wednesday in Holy Week a healing service at Christ Church, Kilmore in Down and Dromore. I was pleased to be invited to join Canon Brother David Jardine’s prayer ministry team at a Healing Service in Down Parish during April. We held two Lenten Quiet Days at Echo Sound and a day for a Bible Study Group from Movilla.
During March the Down and Dromore committee of CMH held two ‘Information Days’ for clergy and parish representatives one at Holywood Parish and the other at Dromore Cathedral in order to promote CMH and encourage further uptake of our services. Rev Adrian Dorrian the Chair of The Church and Society Committee of the Church of Ireland invited me to give a seminar at their meeting on ‘Faith and Mental Health’. The other speakers were Dr John Kyle (Belfast Councillor and East Belfast GP) speaking on The GP Perspective, and Lindsay Robinson speaking on The Lived Perspective of Post Natal Depression.
We are holding Wednesday night and Thursday morning sessions on ‘Prayer’ at Holywood Parish for four weeks. I am delighted that the initial uptake has been good. Movilla Prayer Group plan to visit 162 on Monday 15 May.
There are two seminars organised for this term. On Wednesday 17 May, Rev Desi Maxwell will speak on, ‘The Best Kept Secret in the Bible’: What the Bible has to say on a new heaven and a new earth. Then on Wednesday 14 June, Gareth Bell from Precept Ireland will speak on ‘Witnessing’, based on the Book of Acts. Both these seminars are from 10.00 am until 4.00 pm with a sandwich lunch. Booking is essential and a freewill offering will be collected to cover costs. (Phone 90795832 to book or email.)
We are very grateful to our volunteers for the success and growth of the ministry. While many do not see this valuable work, it is most appreciated. The ministry could not function without you. We have been blessed through your hard work and the giving of your time in the service of others.
The Fundraising Events on the radar start with the Coffee Morning and Plant Sale on Saturday 6 May from 10.00 – 12.30 pm. Downshire Brass will be playing at Echo Sound on Saturday 10 June – come and bring your friends and you own chair and picnic. In the autumn there will be a Table Quiz at the Lakeside Inn, Ballydugan on 2 September, and a Preserves Table at the Ladies’ Night at the Secret Garden, Dundonald on Saturday 29 September.
At the end of May 2017 we will be operating out of No.162 for three years. When we started, we owed £147,500 (interest free). I am delighted to say that £107,500 has been repaid and our debt now has reduced to £40,000. To all who contributed to this achievement, we say, ‘Thank you very much’, and to God we give the glory for his provision and blessings. This gives us confidence, as do the words of the hymn:
In heavenly love abiding,
No change my heart shall fear. And safe in such confiding,
For nothing changes here. The storm may roar without me,
My heart may low be laid, But God is round about me,
And can I be dismayed?
Wherever He may guide me,
No want shall turn me back. My Shepherd is beside me,
And nothing can I lack. His wisdom ever waking,
His sight is never dim. He knows the way He’s taking,
And I will walk with Him.
It is based on Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. No matter what changes round about us, we trust in Him. This is His ministry and we give Him glory for it.
Thank you for your prayers and support
Your sister in Christ, Pat
Chairman’s Reflection 2017
It is hard to believe that we are well into our fourth year in ‘162’. The building really is a blessing, and everyone who visits us remarks on how beautiful it is, not to mention the views it affords. It has also proved to be accessible to most people, and the neighbours have expressed delight at the work that has been done to improve the premises.
We have managed to satisfy the requirements of the Charity Commission, as well as obeying the regulations of Building Control and so many other official bodies whose purpose we value but whose rules can sometimes seem designed to frustrate!
We are grateful that Archbishop Richard Clarke officially opened our new premises and expressed his appreciation of our ministry. Bishop Harold Miller also visited us and assured us of his support.
The real and ultimate work is of course spiritual. And God has truly blessed us in it. Of course it has not been without its difficulties, but the ministry has grown. We have even considered the possibility of establishing a second base in the west of the Province, but decided against this for the foreseeable future.
We have managed to repay most of the interest-free loan that is still on our balance sheet. I am personally keen to see that transaction completed as soon as reasonably possible. We are greatly blessed with some supporters who are enthusiastic fundraisers – sometimes organising events and activities with great imagination. I would encourage you please to keep in touch with our events programme, and to come along with your friends to as many activities as you possibly can.
Wishing you God’s blessing during 2017,
Dermot O’Callaghan Chairman
Many people ask “what all do you do in the Ministry of Healing?
So, we will publish a new series of posts which will highlight the breadth of prayer and experience within the Ministry…………..beginning with prayer for Israel and the Nations…..
all in latest news
162 Upper Knockbreda Road is God’s provision for His healing ministry.
Come and be blessed
for you in God’s Mission in 2017 by being part of the Prayer Line, Emergency Prayer Line, Prayer Teams for Services and Individual Ministry (Training and experience will be given), and in administrative tasks such as preparation of publications, catering teams and house/garden maintenance.
Telephone the Office for information 9079 5832
you are always welcome to call in for a natter and coffee/tea at 162
come and spend time in the prayer garden
You have reduced the debt again by £20,000 and it now sits at £40,000. We started in 2013 with a loan of £157,000 interest free to pay for the refurbishment. God has richly blessed the ministry in those years.
Please help us repay the residue of this most generous loan, and have some fun and joy on the way.