Are any among you suffering? They should pray. Are any cheerful? They should sing songs of praise. Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. James 5: 13-14 * * * Let us faithfully witness to the Risen Jesus, giving generously of our lives and substance for the relief of the poor and the sharing of the Gospel bringing encouragement to all. (From the Collect for St. Barnabas) * * * This ministry takes place within the context of our Sunday Eucharistic worship service: dates TBA when in-person worship pandemic restrictions are relaxed * * * To download the parish brochure on the St. Barnabas Healing Team Ministry, click here - (32k .doc).
St Barnabas Healing Team Ministry
As Christians, we are called to be whole in body, mind and spirit. Through Christ we are enabled to minister to one another. The healing ministry recognizes the role we all have through prayer and sacramental ministry in helping to bring about that wholeness.Anointing is one of the sacraments of the Christian Church dating back to Christ’s own ministry. Lay anointers are trained and licensed under the authority of the Area Bishop and supervised by the clergy. The lay anointer’s role is to participate in the healing ministry and to be present with a person before God. It must be understood that prayer and sacrament are meant to open us to the healing power of God, and are intended to support (rather than replace) accepted medical treatment. The healing ministry is not new to St. Barnabas. However, up to this time has only been the ministry of the clergy. The Lay Anointers, with the clergy, form the parish’s Healing Team. All Lay Anointers will be supervised, directed and supported by the Incumbent and will maintain both professional ethics and confidentiality.
A History “In 1944, Archbishop William Temple set up in England the Church’s Council for Health and Healing. The Lambeth Conference of 1920 called for a report on the subject of healing and urged the whole Communion to be involved in the ministry of healing by teaching about it, co-operating with the medical profession, and developing intercessory prayer groups in every parish. Some of the directives are: 1) To declare that the ministry of healing should be a regular part of the ministry in every congregation. 2) To encourage intercessory prayer by members of every congregation remembering our Lord’s promise about agreeing together in prayer (Matthew 18:19) 3) To work in partnership with doctors, nurses and all involved in the care of the sick and to encourage medical research and the study of related ethical issues.”
Lay Anointing at St. Barnabas on the Danforth In March 2006, two parishioners, at the request of the Incumbent, attended the Diocesan training workshop of Lay Anointers. The intent is to further discern their vocation in becoming Lay Anointers in the parish. The healing ministry is not new to St. Barnabas. However, up to this time has only been the ministry of the clergy. Our first two Lay Anointers were commissioned in September 2006 and their ministry began that October. The Lay Anointers, with the clergy, form the parish’s Healing Team. All Lay Anointers will be supervised, directed and supported by the Incumbent and will maintain both professional ethics and confidentiality.