Bringing Christ’s healing presence to those in need;
in body, mind or spirit
New Diary dates and prayer letter……
Alison has done it again…..we had a super morning, thanks to John and Linda, auctioneering, to Clive and Thomas for displaying the goods, and the refreshment ladies, for the goodies. Thanks to all for their support the healing ministry…a whopping £2208.70 at 4pm on the day.
Well done everyone……..
Always a very pleasant way to spend a summer Saturday morning…..put it in the diary and bring a car full of friends.
Invitation to the AGM of the Church’s Ministry of Healing the Mount
The AGM will be on Tuesday 3rd May 2018 at 2.30pm in 162 Upper Knockbreda Road, BT6 9QF and you will be warmly welcomed. Please come and bring your friends.
Parking is best across the road in or near St Finnian’s and then use the steps to the carriageway. Please be careful crossing, there is always a lull in the traffic flow, so be patient.
The agenda and minutes of the previous meeting are attached.
If you wish to have a copy of the accounts, you can find these on the website. There will be a few available at the meeting. Mr Rollo McClure, treasurer, will deal with financial matters during the meeting, and he will deal with any questions you might have.
I look forward to seeing you there,
D O’Callaghan, Chairman
Notice of AGM 2018
Church’s Ministry of Healing – The Mount
Annual General Meeting
2:30 pm in 162 Upper Knockbreda Road
Thursday 3rd May 2018
Bible reading and prayer
Adoption of Minutes of 2017
Director of Ministry report
Approval of Auditors for 2018/9
Election of the Board
D O’Callaghan, Chairman.
Pat preaches in the new Archdeacon of Dalriada
The Rev Paul Dundas, rector of Christ Church Parish, Lisburn, was appointed Archdeacon of Dalriada by the Bishop of Connor, the Rt Rev Alan Abernethy. Paul succeeds the Very Rev Stephen Forde, who was installed as Dean of Belfast in St Anne’s Cathedral on February 4.
Paul asked Pat to preach and the photographs say it all…
While I am a biased husband, this was the best and most challenging exposition of the parable of the Prodigal Son I have heard……
We receive donations…..
Frances Gibson, receives a cheque for £550 from Tim McGarry at Belfast Cathedral for the work of the Church’s Ministry of Healing The Mount.
This was the first distribution ceremony for Dean Stephen Forde – the Good Samaritans Service on Sunday – the proceeds of the 41st Black Santa Sit-out last December.
Not surprisingly Tim’s unique humour raised many smiles during this very happy service. He said the gathering of charities and community organisations, and the great public support for the annual Black Santa Sit-out, were ‘testament to the spirit of the people of Northern Ireland.’ And that he remembers Belfast’s original Black Santa, Dean Sammy Crooks, and said he and his sons visit St Anne’s every Christmas Eve to make a donation to the appeal.
“It is one of those things that makes Belfast great,” he said.
CMH wants to thank the Dean and Chapter for their support over many years for the Ministry of Healing, and we look forward to the new relationship with Dean Forde as healing and prayer is encouraged within the Cathedral and across the City.
This is Betty Green, one of our volunteer associates with Uel Briggs of Irish National Flying Club(feathered variety), presenting a cheque for £500 for Church’s Ministry of Healing.
This is the second donation from them and demonstrates their appreciation of the work we do.
Thanks also to Betty who regularly assists in the office and who would answer the phone.
The Building Loan is Paid………….
In 2012 work commenced on our Ministry Building, Cregagh House, at 162 Upper Knockbreda Road. The acquisition of this derelict building was so clearly God’s provision for this ministry of healing. We required an interest free loan of £157,000 to complete the work to the best standard possible and over the years since we have worked hard to reduce this loan.
After only just five years, the loan has been repaid. This has been a remarkable achievement for all concerned, and the Board are pleased to make this momentous announcement.
To God be the Glory, great things He has done, and continues to do……..
28th Sept 2018 Craft Night at Secret Garden, Dundonald Nursery.
This was very successful last year, so put it in the diary…….
Addressing the needs of survivors of sexual abuse – pioneering Australian cleric visits Ireland.
The Revd Joseph Johns of the Diocese of Willochra, Anglican Church of Australia, recently visited the Church’s Ministry of Healing at The Mount, Belfast, to talk with the Revd Dr Pat Mollan about spiritual healing for survivors of abuse by clergy and church workers. Pat is one of very few Counsellors approved by the Roman Catholic Church to deal with the results of Clergy Abuse.
In a response to the findings of The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to the Sexual Abuse of Children, Mr Johns will be setting up a place in his diocese in South Australia which addresses the need for spiritual healing for survivors, who feel betrayed, and disconnected from God.
Accompanying Revd Johns during his visit to Northern, Ireland was the Revd Andrew Rawding of the Board of Mission and Outreach, Diocese of Armagh.
Prayer Letter April 2018
My Dear Friends
The change to British Summer time always has a positive effect on the way that we think, and although the weather has been very wet at times, the extending daylight hours have an encouraging effect. Nature is waking to exuberant life as the early morning bird song contributes to that joyful outlook. The world is coming to life again after the winter and we must make decisions as to how we want to use our time. The psalmist writes: My times are in your hands (Ps 31:15), therefore we must take careful thought on how we spend this precious gift of time.
Early in the last session we were blessed with the day set aside for contemplative prayer led by David Matchett. Everyone who attended was affected by the way in which God seemed so much closer when we actively set aside time to absorb His word. Even the simple sandwich lunch became a rich feast in our hands as our thoughts were drawn to Jesus teaching his first disciples: ‘Give us this day our daily bread’, and gratitude spread to reflect on the generous provision each of us has received. Little did I realise at the time that this had come as an introduction for our annual family holiday, which we spent on ‘A Wilderness Experience’ in Israel, led by Rev Desi Maxwell. One of the key texts to our understanding of the purpose of God for the children of Israel’s time in the wilderness was from Deuteronomy 8:10 ‘…you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless YHWH your God for the good land he has given you’. The Rabbis have built a whole series of blessings – expressions of gratitude – that permeate all of life, based on this verse. It is certainly an attitude that we would do well to adopt in our daily living.
The idea of blessing, as a way of praying for others, was introduced to many of us by Roy and Daphne Godwin when they spoke of the work of Ffald y Brennin retreat centre, at a conference at Carnmoney Presbyterian Church a few years ago. We have used Roy’s book, ‘Grace Outpouring’ at the Book Club during the current session and this has been a great encouragement and delight to find people capturing the idea of blessing others. The wonderful discovery is that when we have blessed others, we ourselves are blessed.
On return from Israel I was delighted to receive an invitation to preach at the installation of Rev Paul Dundas, Rector of Christ Church Lisburn as Archdeacon of Dalriada, at Lisburn Cathedral on 4th March. At the same time and on the same day, Frances went to St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast to receive grant from their Sit-Out appeal, presented by Tim McGarry. We are immensely grateful for both joyful occasions, which remind us that we are part of an un-boundaried ministry which stretches even beyond these shores. This was flagged for us with the visit of Rev Joe Johns from the diocese of Willochra in South Australia, who was brought to visit CMH:TM in February, by his colleague, Rev Andrew Rawding, Rector of Coalisland. Rev Johns is in the process of setting up a programme for spiritual healing for any in Australia who have suffered clerical abuse.
During Lent I held three Quiet Days; then six sessions on Prayer Ministry for the Ballynafeigh Circuit of the Methodist Church, on Monday evenings and at Wednesday lunchtimes, all of which were well attended. Then, in Holy Week, I held a quiet day for the Armagh Methodist Church at Echo Sound, and two mornings in Armagh: one on praying the scriptures; the other on praying for one another. These were followed by evening services on the Wednesday and Maundy Thursday, with a Tenebrae Service on Good Friday. The series was concluded with the Easter morning Holy Communion service.
Looking forward: Prayer for our Cities and our Land continue faithfully at Kilmore on the first Monday in the month at 7.00 am and at St George’s Belfast on the 4th Monday in the month at 10.30 am. We would be delighted to welcome anyone who wishes to join us at these times, and indeed find out how they can start their own group to extend the network of those who pray. The vibrancy and passion with which some of the people pray has challenged us to extend the hours we offer for prayer at 162. We have now set aside an hour for prayer on the 4th and 5th Tuesdays in the month at 11.00 am. We would be delighted if you could come and join us on these mornings.
During this coming session I have two Quiet Days open for anyone who wishes to come, on 21st June or 23rd June from 10.30 am to 4.00 pm, at Echo Sound. It is essential to book in advance with the office (phone 90795832) and send a subscription of £25 for the day. The other two Quiet Days are for Ards Methodist Churches on John Wesley Day, 24th May, and the Armagh Ecumenical Group on 2nd June.
There will be two seminars in May at 162. The first is on Wednesday 16th May at 2.00 pm led by Mark Hamilton from Knock Presbyterian Church, entitled, ‘Daniel in the Lions’ Den’. During the autumn we postponed the day of seminars with Rev Desi Maxwell entitled ‘God according to God’. This is rescheduled for Wednesday 30th May from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm which includes a sandwich lunch. Please phone the office (90795832) if you would like to book a place for either or both of these seminars.
During this session we have three fundraising events. This first is a Coffee Morning, Sale and Auction at Down Parish Hall, Downpatrick on 11th April from 10.00 am to 12.30 pm. Then the Coffee Morning and Plant Sale at 162 on Saturday 26th May from 10.00 am – 12.30 pm. At mid-summer we are holding a fundraising evening at Echo Sound with Downshire Brass on 16th June from 6.30 pm. Come and bring your picnic, your chairs and your friends for a delightful evening, in more attractive surroundings than Glyndebourne, and not so far to travel!
The almost unbelievably GOOD NEWS is that the DEBT is ALL PAID. We borrowed £157,000 to complete the renovations of our prayer house at 162. The loan was interest free and we aimed to repay it at a rate of £10,000 per year. This would have taken us until 2030, just over 15 years. We moved into 162 on 30th May 2014, and now less than FOUR years from moving in ALL OUR DEBT IS PAID. We are immensely grateful to all who contributed to making this a reality, but most of all to God for enabling it to happen. We give Him all the praise and glory, and our hope is to build for the future, on the firm foundation He has given us.
Growth is on our wish list for the future, growth in teams and in outreach, so that we can fulfil the commission ‘to preach the news of God’s kingdom and heal the sick.’ (Luke 9:2) If you are not already on one of our teams and would like to join one, or come to any of our events, or if you have ideas you would like to discuss, then please do come. There is always a welcome for you at 162.
Wishing you every blessing
TUESDAYS at 162
Holy Communion & Laying on of Hands 10.00 am.
Tuesday 20 March
Prayers for Israel and the Nations: 11.00 am.
Tuesday 13 March
Thursday 8 Mar Lent Quiet Day at Echo Sound, 10.30 – 4.00 pm
Sat 10 Mar Lent Quiet Day at Echo Sound, 10.30 – 4.00 pm
Quiet Day place reserved on receipt of £25; book with office 90795832
Wednesday 11th April Downpatrick Antique and Goods Auction 10-12.30. In Down Parish Hall, St Margaret’s Church.
Saturday 26 May Coffee Morning and Plant Sale at 162, 10.00 am – 12.30 pm
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. The loan is now repaid and this has been a wonderful achievement with God’s blessings and some very hard work.
AGM 2.00pm in 162 3rd May followed by fellowship and refreshments.
Shrubs and plants. Rab has a selection of shrubs which can be ordered by email and left to be collected at 162. If you are looking for something in particular, just email through the web site and leave a telephone number.
Another very successful first.
Saturday morning started at 9.00 and ended about 12 noon, such was the interest and discussion. The food was excellent, the fellowship wonderful and Pat’s talk was such a blessing to us all. God’s hand continues to be on us.
Thank you team; Pat and Frances, and lets hope you make this a regular meeting and blessing…….
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
——for you in God’s Mission in 2018 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
an oasis so close to the City