Healing and wholeness
The need for healing is everywhere, and it is strongly felt, as it was in the world of Jesus's own ministry. Medicine is much more sophisticated that in 1st Century Palestine, and becomes more potent every day, but this doesn't in any way lessen the need we have for christian healing. For receiving the generous and restoring touch of Jesus Christ through a minister or a friend. For being part of an earnest and loving circle of prayer and support for our own or another's wellbeing.
Christian healing isn't a replacement for medicine, and it isn't just another alternative therapy. It isn't, either, the last resort when all else has failed, though it can be very powerful in those circumstances. It places our individual and collective health, wholeness and wellbeing in the context of God's love shown through Jesus, and it emphasises the joined up nature of how we are - physically, mentally and spiritually.
Will you be cured if we pray for your healing? Definitely yes, sometimes, if that is God's will. Frustratingly and confusingly no, sometimes, if God has other plans. It certainly isn't magic. The most certain thing, and almost everyone who has experienced this ministry says this, is that it places our wellness and our suffering in the hand of God, close to the loving heart of Jesus Christ.
Healing at All Saints
Healing ministry is a big part of what we offer at All Saints. It isn't for everyone, though since we have introduced prayer for healing into our 9.30 Sunday Parish Eucharist when there is a 5th Sunday, the majority of those present have participated, and, they would attest, benefited from it.
Prayer for healing is offered in many different ways. A period of intense private and public prayer, with uplifting words and music is one way. Prayer with laying on of hands is another, and we can both receive and give this healing. Anointing with holy ils blessed by our Bishop is another way, and this is offered by a priest, as it connects healing with forgiveness. Lighting a candle, either in public worship or in a personal visit to the church, is another. Praying for others - our friends in church or Our Lady or another saint - to pray for us to God through Jesus Christ is another way. General prayer, laying on of hands and anointing with oil are what we mostly do in our services.
Do ask to be included on our prayer list. In fact, we have two - a private one that ministers use in their private prayer and devotion, and a public one. These names are included in the Weekly Prayer sheet in Good News For Nettleham and on this website, and are offered regularly in Eucharists and Morning and Evening Prayer. Send your request via the Parish Office, or speak to one of the clergy or to Jean Gledhill.
Do place the name of someone (it may be yourself) that you wan to pray for, on a paper square which you will find by our Prayer Board. Make a prayer yourself as you do it. On Thursdays at the 9.30 Eucharist we offer all the prayers from this board. You can either just put a name, or say what healing you would specifically like us to pray for.
Celtic service of healing and wholeness
We hold a service on the third Sunday of every month, in church, at 6.00pm, when we offer simple prayer, meditate quietly on scripture and offer laying on of hands and anointing. A regular group has this as a very important part of their christian life, and you will be made very welcome, respecting your privacy and the sensitivity of the concerns you may be bringing to the church and to Jesus Christ.
Fifth Sunday Wholeness and Healing
About four times a year, when we have a fifth Sunday in the month, we add a time of prayer for wholeness and healing to our main 9.30 Parish Eucharist. This comes instead of the intercessions. We offer laying on of hands, anointing and the opportunity to light a candle. We have gentle music, and some people just take the opportunity to sit quietly and reflect or pray. No pressure.
Whatever your needs, we are here for you. Our clergy and other members of the ministry team will pray for you, visit at home or in hospital, and give you advice about healing and God's love for you. We can direct you to more specialist ministries if you feel you need them, including counselling and deliverance.
Be well. Be whole. In Jesus Christ.