Healing and wholeness
Christian healing arises as we grow closer to Jesus and experience his peace ('shalom').
In the Bible there are many examples of healing, including physical, relational and spiritual. There are also instances in the Bible and in life today, where healing does not seem to occur. We lay this suffering at the foot of the cross.
Healing in the Christian community takes many forms. Historically, our churches were heavily involved in providing medical care to our local communities; a modern version of this is the parish nursing movement. There are also opportunities to make healing a focus of our worship together. This may occur through listening, remembering services, intercessions, ministry to people who cannot get to church as well as specific prayer with individuals, teaching, touch, anointing and Holy Communion. In these and numerous other ways, we seek to introduce or bring people closer to Jesus the healer.
Ely Healing Advisory Group
Our aim as a group is to encourage our churches to be seen as places of healing and to facilitate this process. Approaches vary from the more sacramental to the overtly charismatic. We want to offer support to parishes as they explore the various aspects of the Christian healing ministry in their own unique situation.
The Healing Advisory Group is a resource of experienced, ecumenical practitioners who can offer help and guidance to parishes on various healing issues. We are keen to visit parishes for evening or day sessions on various aspects of the healing ministry, for instance:
- Teaching on the healing services
- Teaching and guidance on prayer ministry
- Training and guidance on listening skills
- Training and advice on issues of forgiveness and reconciliation
- Advice on healing and disability
- Advice regarding mental health issues
- Biblical reflection exploring the practical expressions of this ministry.
- Alasdair Coles (doctor, hospital chaplain, Bishop’s Adviser on Healing)
- Anne Aldridge (Chaplain, Ridley Hall and Anglican minister)
- Deborah McVey (Chaplain, Addenbrooke’s Hospital and URC minister)
- Ian Randall (Chaplain, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and Baptist Minister)
- Catherine Price (nurse and Parish Nurse)
Diocesan Guidelines on the Healing Ministry
We recommend following the good practices laid out in:
A Time to Heal Handbook
The Development of Good Practice in the Healing Ministry
Author(s): Archbishops' Council 2013
The Revd Professor Alasdair Coles