Healing Service in Lisburn ends Bishop’s Lent series for 2013

Wednesday March 20th 2013

Bishop Alan, Canon Jim Carson and rector of Christ Church, the Rev Paul Dundas enter the church before the Lisburn Healing Service.Christ Church Parish, Lisburn, hosted the Bishop of Connor’s third and final Healing Service as his Lent series for 2013 came to an end on March 19.

The series began on February 12 with a seminar held in Dunluce Parish Centre, Bushmills, followed by talks in St Patrick’s, Jordanstown, on February 20 and Christ Church, Lisburn, on February 25.

The Rt Rev Alan Abernethy then returned to the same venues in each of Connor’s three archdeaconries for three Services of Healing.

Attendances at all evenings were excellent, although numbers were slightly down at the last service in Lisburn due to the bitter weather and threat of snow.

The Healing Services were a mixture of prayer, praise and thanksgiving, with special focus on praying for those in need of healing or help in any aspect of their daily lives.

The Rev Paul Dundas, rector, welcomes everyone to Christ Church, Lisburn.At each service there was an opportunity to come forward to receive prayer with the laying on of hands.

In his address at the Christ Church service, Bishop Alan said: “Our hope is if you come forward for healing that you will experience again something that you already know – that you are cherished by God.”

In laying on hands, the Bishop said, ‘we are simply obeying Christ’s instructions to pray for the sick.’

The Lent series provided opportunities for people from different parishes to enjoy refreshments and fellowship together on each of the six evenings.


Bishop Alan at the start of the Service of Healing in Christ Church, Lisburn.


Time for coffee and fellowship following the service in Christ Church, Lisburn.










Bishop Alan's address.

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