Welcome to the Anglican Healing Ministry website
The healing ministry is one of the greatest opportunities the Church has today for sharing the gospel. More than before in the last hundred years, many in our society realise there is a spiritual as well as a physical and a mental dimension to healthy living. 'Wholeness' is the in-word: it is what everyone longs for... (A Time to Heal xiii)
Within these pages you will see that the Church's healing ministry is for everyone. We all need healing in some way. Through the healing ministry, Jesus Christ meets us at our point of need. Every form of suffering can be helped in some way through this ministry.
The healing ministry of the Church is a Gospel imperative. Jesus commissioned his disciples to heal the sick on two occasions: (Matthew 10.5-15, Mark 6.7-13; Luke 9.1-5; 10.9). He explicitly linked healing the sick with going out into the community to proclaim the coming of the Kingdom (Mark 6:13; Matthew 4.23, 9.35-10.8). Consequently the response of Christian communities to people's needs for healing is one of the most important ways in which the Gospel is proclaimed to contemporary society.
The healing ministry is available to all in the following ways:
PUBLICLY — as part of services
AT HEALING SERVICES — including the Eucharist: in institutions such as hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, residential homes for the elderly and disabled people, prisons etc and at healing centres and related conferences
PRIVATELY — within the home, hospitals and hospices and discretely in church side chapels etc
ECUMENICALLY — across the Church denominations, including local services, health care and prison chaplaincies
In co-operation with the medical and caring professions
The healing ministry in other Provinces of the Anglican Communion
'We believe that God loves us and wills the very best for us in his kingdom. But we also know that suffering and death are conditions which we cannot escape from in this life. God is not distant from us in that. In Jesus Christ he shared in this life's suffering and death on the cross, and he can draw close to us in times such as these.
However, his resurrection in the power of the Holy Spirit gives us hope that we might have a foretaste of his kingdom here and now and that through the Church's ministry we shall receive his love, strength and healing touch.
What form that healing will take we cannot tell. It may be:
- Help to carry us through a prolonged illness or disability
- A recovery more rapid than expected
- Experiencing our fear of death being driven out by God's love
- A healing which is so unexpected that we want to call it a "miracle"
- A growing awareness of inner peace and wholeness.'
An overview of the healing ministry in the Church in Wales.
Resources for the healing ministry in Wales, including a checklist for parishes.
The Church in Wales' Guidelines for Good Practice in the healing ministry.
'Every human being was created in order to have a relationship with God. People of all faiths seek this relationship—and prayer is one of its most important aspects from the human point of view.
Christians believe that Jesus, God's own Son, came to earth in human form and showed us what God is like. Many Christian people therefore find it helpful to concentrate their minds on Jesus as they pray, and to speak to God in prayer just as they would to another human being. Christians also believe that God gives us his Holy Spirit to help us pray.'
Many Church in Wales parishes run prayer groups, one of whose purposes is to help their members to grow in Christian prayer. In addition, of course, your parish priest will be happy at any time to discuss with you the challenges, joys and rewards of Christian prayer.