More about Healing
The Christian ministry of healing is part of the mystery of God and all that he does in Christ to bring health and wholeness.
We believe that God enters into the healing of a person whenever that person is brought to him through prayer in the name of our risen Lord Jesus Christ.
We cannot say how or when God will bring healing; it may be through complete recovery, or by enabling the person to cope with the dis-ease and to live to their capacity; or through the ultimate healing of death.
Our relationship with God is as personal and as important as we want it to be; but we believe God loves and cares about us and that this is the most important part of the healing process.
Throughout the Bible God calls his people into a spiritual relationship with him and within that relationship healing is part of God's continuing influence with his people.
This influence is present in worship, the sacraments and prayer.
As we pray for healing and wholeness, within the fellowship of the Christian Church, we become co-workers in his creation.
Members of a Christian fellowship should be able to count on the support of fellow members whenever they are passing through a period of pain or sorrow or emotional distress; it is part of being part of the body of Christ.
Give all your worries to him, because he cares about you.
1 Peter 5:7
A cross and post box can be found in the main foyer, with additional boxes in the Quiet Room and Wesley Owen.
These resources are available for anyone wishing to leave prayer requests and designated forms can be found with each box. The form mirrors that on the website available on the Prayers page.
Each day The Community @ Carrs Lane collect the requests and offer prayers for each concern, adding them to the daily devotions until they get passed to those gathering for the Wednesday Lunchtime Communion Service.
On Wednesdays the prayer requests are offered to God at the Communion Service, and are then passed for inclusion in the monthly Sunday Healing Service.
One of the important parts of the healing ministry is the Prayer List.
The names of people who are ill or in some kind of need are included on the Prayer List, either at their own request or requested by someone else.
These people are prayed for regularly at the Healing Service on the third Sunday and also at the Wednesday Lunchtime Communion Service.
Individuals are also invited to use the Prayer List in their own personal prayer time.
The prayer list is set out using five headings - the days of the week - Monday to Friday, and individuals are able to pray for people on the appropriate day.
The prayer list is updated regularly, and thanks are always given when names of people can be taken off the list.
At the Wednesday Communion Service, people whose names appear under one of the days of the week are prayed for and are sent a card by prior agreement, which has been signed by the people attending the Communion Service.
They are thus assured of our prayers of them.
Laying on of hands is an ancient Christian tradition that has its roots in biblical accounts. The Gospels record Jesus laying hands on people as he prayed for their healing (Luke 4:40). In the Healing Service at Carrs Lane the laying on of hands is offered to those who request prayers for healing, as a sign of the church's care for them. Those participating in the laying on of hands acknowledge that all healing is from God and that sometimes he uses this touch as part of the healing process.
Come in weakness, find strength,
Come in sickness, find health,
Come in chains, find freedom,
Come in confusion, find peace,
Come in sorrow, find joy,
Come in doubt, find faith,
Come in despair, find courage,
Come alone, find Christ.