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listening is healingWritten by Rev Peter McIntosh, a supernumerary minister in the Central Sussex United Area. Peter regularly leads healing services at Haywards Heath Methodist Church.


This book describes in an-easy-to read style how to listen to people who need to tell their story. The book provides a dos and don’ts checklist for this effective kind of listening. It gives guidance as to how listeners can respond to what is said in a way that releases the storyteller and restores wholeness. It outlines the specific role of prayer as a healing and renewing tool for establishing newness of life, and it gives practical steps for those seeking to establish a listening ministry within their own Christian communities. Recommended for anyone engaged in pastoral care at any level. To purchase (£6.00) please email Peter McIntosh direct at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You are welcome to adapt or reproduce the meditation below which was inspired by the worship activities offered by ‘Step Forward’, a discipleship resource for small groups.

‘Sensing God’ (a meditation by Sarah Middleton, Learning and Discipleship Officer in the Southern & Islands Region)

This is an exercise to help us come alive to God with our whole person.

Before starting, it is a good idea to create a quiet space for yourself where your thoughts are not going to be interrupted by your everyday concerns.

Reflect on the five senses –

Hearing Taste Smell Touch Sight

- and ask about each one: ‘What has helped me to sense God’s presence?’

Below are some biblical references and some questions to aid you (reading the Bible quotation aloud may help you to think about the question)

‘May it be as you have said’ are Mary’s words of prayer as she responds to what she heard the angel say - that she will bear God’s Son (Luke 1:38).
How do you discern what is God’s voice?

‘Taste and see that the Lord is good!’ (Psalm 34:8). Other verses in the Old Testament talk of God’s word being sweet as honey. Think about the bitter cleansing herbs of the Passover Meal, representing the pain and the gain of the story of salvation.

‘Jesus took hold of his hand and raised him to his feet.’ (Mark 9:27) There are many incidents in the Gospels of Christ’s healing touch. Can you recall when a touch has communicated an experience of Christ’s love for you?

‘Then their eyes were opened, and they recognised him.’ (Luke 24:31) We speak of our eyes being opened at moments of epiphany. The painter Vincent Van Gogh, at one time a Methodist auxiliary preacher, wrote about seeing Christ in the eyes of others and referred to Jesus as the ‘ultimate artist’, creating not pictures but people. (The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, Letter B9).

‘Let my prayer to you be as incense.’ (Psalm 141:2). Smell is often said to be the most invasive of the senses. Incense has long been a symbol for the prayers of God’s people. The Apostle Paul applies this same metaphor to the followers of Christ (in 2 Corinthians 2:16) when he says that we are God’s incense, the aroma of Christ to the world.

 

Produced in partnership between MHA and the Methodist Church, this resource consists of 10 modules offering practical, up-to-date resources for pastoral carers.

http://www.methodistpublishing.org.uk/

 

 

A new resource published by the Trustees of the Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art - for house groups, preachers and others wishing to explore faith through the medium of modern art. Eight study sessions have been compiled by Sarah Middleton, Elizabeth Moore, Neil Thorogood and David Hollingsworth.

See http://www.methodist.org.uk/artcollection for more information.

 

 

District staff are sometimes asked if training for church stewards is available. The District takes responsibility for training circuit stewards but would look to circuits to deliver training for church stewards. It may be of help to anyone planning such training to see the attached Powerpoint presentation. You could use one session each time in your regular church stewards' meeting. This is a copy of material originally produced as OHP slides in the connexional training pack, ‘Don’t Panic!’. The pack itself is now out of print but permission has kindly been given for this reproduction.  See also new material on the Methodist Church website at http://www.methodist.org.uk