A small team within the Church body believe that they have been called by God to provide a service to the community that deals with the issues of Healing and Wholeness. To provide this service the Church arranges a dedicated service periodically throughout the year on a Sunday evening, beginning at 6:00pm.
Those who attend can come forward for prayer for themselves, for family members or for friends. The details are kept in strict confidence and restricted to the team who administers the prayer. In addition people can, if they wish simply light a candle on behalf of themselves or someone else.
The next such service is planned for the evening of the 20th October 2019. All are welcome.
The Gospels use the term ‘healing’ both for physical healing and for the broader salvation that Jesus brings. Healing, reconciliation and restoration are integral to the good news of Jesus Christ. For this reason, prayer for individuals, focused through laying on of hands or anointing with oil, has a proper place within the public prayer of the Church. God’s gracious activity of healing is to be seen both as part of the proclaiming of the good news and as an outworking of the presence of the Spirit in the life of the Church.
Acts of healing in the Gospels are intimately related to the restoring of individuals to a place of worth within the social order (cf Mark 1.44; 5.15-20; 6.32-34; Luke 13.10-17). ‘By his wounds you have been healed’ (1 Peter 2.24) makes powerful links between human pain and vulnerability and the saving impact of Jesus’ own suffering. The same interconnectedness is present where Scripture speaks of God’s image in us to point to the way human life is marred and threatened by the impact of evil and is restored by the new creation in Christ (Romans 3.23; 2 Corinthians 3.18; Ephesians 2.13-16).