The Ministry of Healing at Wroughton Parish Church
In the gospels, other than the accounts of his crucifixion and resurrection, no part of Jesus’s ministry is detailed more than his works of healing. Over 30% of the gospel narratives are taken up with this aspect of his ministry. It is also evident that he expected his followers to continue this work. There is the commissioning of his disciples at the conclusion of Matthew (chapter 28) and in Luke (chapter 10) there is the account of his sending out 72 followers to put into practice all that he had taught them – this included healing the sick. In John (chapter 14) Jesus tells his disciples that because he was returning to the Father, his followers would be empowered to continue the ministry he had started. Preaching, teaching and healing are still at the core of the church’s ministry. After a period of decline in the ministry of healing, the church has in recent years, returned to carrying out its commission to heal the sick.
The ministry of healing (laying on of hands and anointing with oil) are offered on the first Sunday of each month at the 8am and 10.00am services. At the end of the service there is also opportunity to receive personal prayer ministry from members of our healing prayer team. Ministry at the 6.00pm Evening Eucharist takes place in March and September. Details of these services can be found on the church newsletter or in Wroughton Monthly, Wroughton’s community magazine.
The public services are backed up by a prayer team who have undertaken to pray each day for those in need of healing. They are kept informed by means of a prayer list which operates in such a way as to ensure that everyone on the list is prayed for every day. In support of the mission statement of Wroughton Church, members of the prayer team can be called upon to pray with those who are seeking this ministry.
Healing on the streets is offered fortnightly in the Ellendune Centre 10.00am -12.00 midday.
If you would like more information about the ministry of healing in Wroughton Church please speak to one of the clergy.