Heal­ing ses­sions come to Croft­foot

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews - Jonathan Ged­des

The min­is­ter of Croft­foot Par­ish Church be­lieves the new heal­ing ses­sions be­ing held at the church can pro­vide a help­ing hand for the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The ses­sions will take place ev­ery Fri­day af­ter­noon, and are aimed at help­ing any­one who’s un­der pres­sure, bur­dened or feel­ing de­pressed, as well as those suf­fer­ing from sick­ness of any kind.

Any­one vis­it­ing the church will be of­fered tea or cof­fee, dur­ing which time a cou­ple of trained team mem­bers will be pray­ing for God’s guid­ance prior to meet­ing with a per­son.

They will then lis­ten to the per­son’s re­quest, in pri­vacy and with con­fi­den­tial­ity, be­fore pray­ing for heal­ing in Je­sus’ name.

Croft­foot min­is­ter Rev Robert Sil­ver is glad to have brought the ses­sions to Croft­foot.

He said: “Heal­ing Rooms Scot­land have been es­tab­lished for about 12 years, and it was started by the Rev­erend Stephen An­der­son.

“He’s a friend of mine so I’ve been in­volved with it over the years in a sense.

“We’ve had a Heal­ing Rooms com­mit­tee over the years, and what hav­ing the heal­ing ses­sions will pro­vide is a space for peo­ple to come and re­ceive a prayer in the name of Je­sus. “It’s com­pletely con­fi­den­tial and free.

“There’s been many peo­ple who’ve been helped by it across Scot­land, and be­yond, so it’s some­thing I’m very glad to have brought to the church.

“I con­tacted Rob­bie Mor­ri­son, who now runs Heal­ing Rooms Scot­land, and he im­me­di­ately wanted us to go ahead with it.

“He was de­lighted for us to go ahead and get in­volved.

“We’ve run the heal­ing hour at Croft­foot pre­vi­ously, and that was suc­cess­ful, so this takes that for­ward more.

“Peo­ple will share pri­vate things and it’s es­sen­tial that it’s con­fi­den­tial - although it’s not ther­apy it is some­where where they can talk about things.

“There’s ab­so­lutely no charge, so it’s just there to help peo­ple.

“Those of us who’ve been in­volved would say that we’re not wav­ing a magic wand and solv­ing ev­ery prob­lem, but peo­ple can al­ways ben­e­fit from prayer and from hav­ing a place to go.”

It should be noted that any­one at­tend­ing the Heal­ing Ses­sions should not stop tak­ing pre­scribed med­i­ca­tion or to can­cel doc­tor/hospi­tal ap­point­ments be­cause of it.

Mean­while, the church are plan­ning to ex­pand their ser­vices later this year.

They are cur­rently look­ing at hav­ing both a tra­di­tional and al­ter­na­tive ser­vices on Sun­day from around Au­gust on­wards.

The Heal­ing Ses­sions take place from 1.30pm through un­til 3pm ev­ery Fri­day at Croft­foot.

There’s been many peo­ple who’ve been helped by it across Scot­land”

Help­ing Hand The min­is­ter of Croft­foot Par­ish Church be­lieves the new heal­ing ses­sions at the church can pro­vide a help­ing hand for the lo­cal com­mu­nity

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