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 Place of safety – advanced warning – tell people what will be happening at the very start of the service & put them at ease!  Place where people are.

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2  Place of safety – advanced warning – tell people what will be happening at the very start of the service & put them at ease!  Place where people are open to the Holy Spirit  Some people are afraid of what might happen at a service of healing and wholeness.  Levels of expectation and false expectation  Issues of touch – appropriate and inappropriate  Picking up the pieces – have someone on hand

3 Who for? Congregation? Certain individuals? Parish? Gillingham air crash Nations?

4  Usually in a Eucharistic service context  Advanced warning!  ‘May the Lord meet you at your point of need’.  = brainstorm – what might people’s needs be?  Receive sacrament and wait  Male and female team to pray  Prayer ministry

5  It can be a normal service!  Nothing extra needs to be done. No special hymns, no oil, no bespoke order of service  It is just a normal Sunday service where perhaps the readings have given the occasion to do more than just talk about healing – cf John 4 The Samaritan woman (Sunday’s Gospel reading)  How many have heard a sermon on healing.....and no opportunity to do anything about it?  Prayer ministry at the end of a service.

6  What if we are only 6 on a Sunday morning?  5 th Sunday benefice service  Deanery service – can be a good way of modelling something that can be transferred to the parishes.

7 Resources  CW Wholeness & Healing  Sample  CW ‘Black Book’ page 50 Thanksgiving for the Healing Ministry of the Church  Visual Liturgy  Creative ideas for Evening Prayer  A Wee Worship Book – Wild Goose (Iona)  Pastoral Prayers

8  Recognise healing and wholeness can be centred on individuals – but can be much more:  Intercession – praying for a hurting community  Intercession – praying for a hurting world Interceding for those in our parish and beyond – symbolic actions – candles on maps  Iona – touching the garment.  Creating Prayer Space:  ½ days of prayer 24/7 prayer Wailing Wall Circling


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