Tel: +44 (0)1892 863637Burrswood
Kent, TN3 9PY
what is healing?
The Church’s ministry is the continuing work of Jesus Christ, who seeks to heal a broken world and broken lives. His purpose is one of wholeness, within ourselves and between us and God. At Burrswood we seek to be instruments of his healing purpose in our care for the whole person, through our medical, counselling and pastoral skills and above all through our prayerful seeking of the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit.
The Healing Service
All Christian worship and prayer can be used by God for our healing. At Burrswood our daily services with the Eucharist at their heart emphasise God’s reconciling and healing love. On two days each week we also hold specific services of healing prayer with the laying-on of hands for any who would like to come, as well as for our patients and guests. To arrange group visits please call our chaplaincy department on 01892 863637 x2634.
Healing services are held on Thursdays at 11.30am and Saturdays at 3.00pm.
Twice a year we hold an Informal Healing Service on a Saturday evening, centred around Word and worship with no set liturgy.
What happens at a Healing Service?
Expect a sense of the presence of Jesus Christ. Expect that the service will be helpful because the Holy Spirit is breathing through it. Relax and rest in his love. Expect space to receive God’s word spoken to you through a Bible reading and a short address. Expect your heart to be touched through music and silence and beauty. Expect to receive the forgiveness of God for you as the words of absolution follow the confession. If you find your emotions touched, do not feel that you have to keep them in check, because our feelings are precious and important, and tears are a gift that can help our healing – one of our chaplains calls them ‘liquid prayers’.
Actions can often speak more profoundly than words, and during the service you will have the opportunity to come forward to the rail to receive the laying-on of hands and to be prayed for individually. If you are unable to come forward, please remain seated and we will come to you.
If you would like to receive the laying-on of hands for someone else, simply mention their Christian name to the minister before you receive prayer.
The ministers at the service are chaplains, doctors and others chosen for this task. These people are not 'healers' in themselves – there is only one healer, after whom our Church is named – Christ the Healer.
As you receive this ministry, simply open yourself to the Lord who loves you, and offer him the deepest prayer of your heart.
What about afterwards?
After the service, ministers are available if you need a short further time, and of course you are welcome to come to services as often as you wish, knowing that God will bless you in different ways and through different things on different occasions.
After the service, thank God that his healing work has begun in you, and that this will be in his way and his time in whatever way he knows is best for you, drawing you closer to the wholeness that is his purpose for you.
If you do not already belong to a loving Christian fellowship, pray that God will lead you to one. We all need the prayer and support of other Christians, as we help one another to grow in our relationship with God.
You may find it helpful to read more about Christian healing, and we have many books on the subject in our bookshop. Our staff will be pleased to help you find the best one for you.
This is our prayer for you:
May the healing mercies of the risen Lord Jesus enter your whole being, heal you from all that harms you and fill you with his love, his joy and his peace.
May God bless you as you continue to walk in the way of his healing.