Healing Ministry Should be at the Centre of Church Life – Synods Hear

By Lynn Glanville

Jessica Stone

The curious case of the missing ministry was highlighted by the Dublin and Glendalough Chaplain to the Church’s Ministry of Healing, the Revd Bruce Hayes (Dalkey) at Diocesan Synod this week.

Proposing the report of the Diocesan Committee of the Church’s Ministry of Healing, Mr Hayes confessed to being a fan of Nordic detective fiction and wondered what Jo Nesbo’s character, Harry Hole or Henning Mankel’s detective, Kurt Wallander,
would make of the mysterious disappearance of the church’s healing ministry.

He pointed out that the Gospels contained the imperative that every follower of Christ was to heal the sick and healing occupied a central place in the early church.

Today, he said, there were weekly healing services in St Ann’s and Christ Church Cathedral and new intercessors were being trained and commissioned. However, he felt one had to be on the inside to be aware of the ministry.

The challenge was to bring the Church’s Ministry of Healing back to the mainstream to be seen as a normal part of the faith journey, he said. The expectation of miracles may have caused part of the problem stressing that healing happened more often in a quieter way.

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