On the second Sunday of the month (with some exceptions) we hold a healing service at Holy Trinity Church. In this service we start with a form of liturgy (worship) where we receive God’s absolution for our sin, listen to scripture, share in God’s peace with others and offer a variety of prayers.
The second half of the service is where there is an opportunity for anyone who wishes to come forward for pray can. Two people, usually the vicar and another trusted person will have a brief conversation about what is on your heart to pray about, and then they will both pray with you.
Whilst this is happening the other members of the congregation will be either praying, singing or listening to music.
At no time during the service will anyone other than the two people you are praying with hear the reason you have asked for prayer, and the two people who pray with you treat your requests absolutely confidentially. Prayer requests can be for you, or perhaps someone else, and they do not have to just be limited to physical ailments.
A Healing ministry is about a holistic view of life, body, mind and soul.
It is worth noting at this point that not everyone who comes to a healing service will come for prayer, nor is there an expectation on anyone, this ministry is offered for those who have need and wish to of their own choice come forward.
All healing is of God. The Church's healing ministry in no way detracts from the gifts God gives through medicine and psychotherapy. It is no substitute for either medicine or the proper care of one's health. Rather, it adds to our total resources for wholeness.
Healing is not magic, but underlying it is the great mystery of God's love. Those who minister spiritual healing are channels of God's love. Although no one can predict what will happen in a given instance, many marvellous healings have taken place.
God does not promise that we shall be spared suffering but does promise to be with us in our suffering. Trusting that promise, we are enabled to recognize God's sustaining presence in pain, sickness, injury, and estrangement.
Likewise, God does not promise that we will be cured of all illnesses; and we all must face the inevitability of death. A Service of Healing is not necessarily a service of curing, but it provides an atmosphere in which healing can happen. The greatest healing of all is the reunion or reconciliation of a human being with God. When this happens, physical healing sometimes occurs, mental and emotional balance is often restored, spiritual health is enhanced, and relationships are healed. For the Christian the basic purpose of spiritual healing is to renew and strengthen one's relationship with the living Christ.
You are most welcome to join us at a service (please check the benefice calendar for next service) and if you have any questions you want to ask before joining us then please feel free to contact the Vicar.