Mental Health and Faith – a talk by Lydia Monds

Under the Tree: a nature focused Lent course

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Under the Tree: a nature focused Lent course

Do you need time and space to reconnect with yourself, God and creation? Join us for weekly, outdoor, in-person sessions this Spring.



Come along to this gentle and welcoming space to connect with yourself, God and nature. There are so many benefits to slowing down and being present, so many benefits to taking time to nurture faith and spirituality and so many benefits to being with nature – why not combine all 3?

This is a collaboration between the Church’s Ministry of Healing: Ireland and the National Bible Society of Ireland.

The two facilitators are Lydia Monds and Dr Julie McKinley. Lydia has a Masters in Intercultural theology and a recent qualification in forest school leadership and she will lead the healing breathwork and nature connection. Julie has a PHD in Biblical Studies and loves the connection between stories and nature and she will lead the interactive Bible Study.


4 Mondays in Lent

11am – 12.30pm

  • March 6th,
  • March 13th,
  • March 27th and
  • April 3rd.


Atlas Language School, Rathmines – see map for more details. There is an old and beauitful garden space behind the buildings which were once the CICE grounds. Once you are signed in, we’ll give you all the details for meeting and heading to the space together.

What’s involved:

Sessions will include:

  • Meet – crossing the threshold from our busy/noisy lives into a sacred space
  • Circle time – checking in with ourselves how we are in body, mind, emotions and doing simple breathwork to bring the mind back into the present and to slow down.
  • Reflection & interactive Bible Study:

Week 1 ‘Where are you?’ Gen 1-3

Week 2 ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ Gen 4

Week 3 ‘What are you seeking’ Gen 37

Week 4 ‘Walk to yourself’ Gen 12

  • Invitation to respond – a selection of options to support nature connection and response including clay, nature story boards, nordic braiding, nature sit spots, sketching with charcoal, mindful wandering & journaling.
  • Closing gratitude circle.

What do I need to bring?

Dress appropritately for the weather, although we will access an indoor space if the weather is too prohibitive. Appropriate clothing for colder weather is layers, warm footwear, a hat and waterproofs. But hopefully the sun will shine!

A camping chair – we have some spares so don’t worry if you don’t have one.

A hot drink and a throw if it’s cold.

A Bible if you have one.

Free Talks on Supporting Mental Health, 8th Feb and 10th March 2023

Talks on Supporting Mental Health

Two free talks aimed at resourcing those struggling with their own mental health or supporting others who are struggling with theirs.

Wed 8th February, 8pm: St. John the Baptist Parish Centre, Seafield Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3. D03 VW22

Friday 10th March, 8pm: Castleknock Parish Centre, Castleknock Road, 

Dublin 15. D15 DK54

Speaker: Caríosa Walsh, ICP accredited individual and group therapist

For more information, text or ring 086 03861561 or 0879091561

Photo by Emily Underworld on Unsplash

Walks of Wellbeing – open to all! April and May 2023

A light shines in the darkness of a cave

“The Light Shines in the Darkness”: CMH:I Advent Retreat

A light shines in the darkness of a cave

‘The light shines in the darkness’

John 1:5

 Take time apart from the ordinary distractions of everyday life and

Come… Rest…

As one church year ends and a new begins, take time apart to rest in the light

of Christ, to restore you on your journey and help you share his light with others.

‘I am the light of the world.

Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.’

John 8:12

(image: Bruno van der Kraan on Unsplash)

The Church’s Ministry of Healing: Ireland is delighted to lead this year’s Advent Retreat at the request of the Commission on Ministry. This is the first year that the retreat has been in person since 2019, and the theme has been chosen to reflect this. The retreat takes place in Mount St Anne’s Retreat Centre, Portarlington, Co. Laois, and is open to anyone who needs rest, healing, and quietness at this time of year. It runs from the evening of Thursday 10th November to lunchtime on Saturday 12th, and the cost is €150, which includes accommodation and meals.


Ms Carol Casey is this year’s retreat facilitator. Carol is a diocesan lay reader and a spiritual director. She facilitates quiet days and retreats for the Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer and also for Contemplative Outreach Ireland. She is a guest retreat director at Manresa, the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality in Dublin. Carol has been a member of the board of the Church’s Ministry of Healing: Ireland. She helped develop and present the training programme for prayer ministers and both instigated and shared in the running of Wellspring, the one day retreats organised by CMH:I over several years.


Please contact to book or with any questions.


“Songs in the Wilderness” – CMH:I Quiet Day, 25th June 2022

CMH:I would like to invite you to our Quiet Day in CITI on Saturday, 25th June 2022 starting at 10.30am & finishing by 4.15pm.

“Songs in the Wilderness” will be led by Dr Julie McKinley, Development Officer for the National Bible Society of Ireland. Julie will explore the idea of wilderness as a place of invitation.

The Venue: CITI, Braemor Park, Newtown Little, Dublin 14, D14 KX24.

Coffee, tea & lunch are included.

Suggested donation for the day is: €25.

If you would like to register your interest, please email

All are welcome.

We hope to see you there!


Sermon preached by the archbishop of Dublin during CMH:I Annual Thanksgiving Service

Service in St John the Baptist Clontarf for The Church’s Ministry of Healing: Ireland

Saturday May 21st 2022 3pm

Sermon preached by the archbishop Michael Jackson


Jesus said again, Peace be with you! As the Father sent me, so I send you.” (John 20:21)


Today we gather for a Service of Thanksgiving and of Remembrance for the work of The Ministry of Healing, not only in this diocese but throughout the Church of Ireland. And we do so on the ninetieth anniversary of our foundation. In this thanksgiving, we remember those who on countless dark evenings and in countless small corners have prayed for the sick and for those who have asked for prayers for their healing. Only they know the distresses to which they are inviting God to respond.


Those same individual prayer-s have instinctively widened their prayer to pray for the needs of the world and its peoples – in the spirit of wholeness and healing together – and who would not wish to offer the embrace of God to the peoples of Ukraine and of Russia today and to all other peoples remembered and forgotten in similar plight the world over? God’s healing is boundless and only waiting to be invited to act. Who are: the sick? They are people who as individuals are known to other people as individuals. They are people for whom other people stop what they are otherwise doing in order to care, to remember before God and for whom they want to share their hope, whatever the future may hold. But you will go on to say: Hope for what? I reply: Hope for healing and what is more than that: healing that may or may not result in physical or mental or spiritual cure, but which always expresses itself in care. Healing and cure are not the same thing. But the assurance of Christian Healing constantly is that it will result in a closer walk with God among those who care for the one and the many who are sick and in need and for the myriad of individuals who have asked for care and prayer.


We rest in the Season of Easter. We read in the rapidly moving chapter 20 of St John’s Gospel of two particular types of healing. One involves no touch whatsoever, Mary of Magdala; one involves close touch and the invitation to dig deep more than once, Thomas the Twin. Both at the same time and in the same spiritual movement involve The Risen Lord, and that is the point; and that is why it is good to hold this service of thanksgiving in The Season of Easter. This is our point of connection. This is our focus of hope. This is our real presence of Christ Jesus the Healer risen and among us. Healing, in our context of embodied faith, always involves the holding together of the body of Christ and the body of humanity, Passion and Resurrection, Creator and creation. Jesus asks Mary to refrain from touching him; he is still in an in-between state and needs to be left to ascend. Jesus asks Thomas to touch him and to plunge his finger into the hole made by the soldier’s spear in his side, to look at his hands and to make a very particular connection of faith in the physical. We have no option but to go with the scriptural flow of contradiction. Spiritual healing involves both not-touching and touching. Both of these very vivid pictures in tandem take us to the heart of healing: what it is to be transformed, each of us differently, by meeting The Risen Lord Jesus who carries beyond the grave his experiences of our life and gives back again to us those experiences for our experiencing transfigured by Passion and Resurrection. In so doing, he transforms and heals our on-going life.


Recently, I was at a residential meeting to do with theology in the Four Anglican Provinces of these islands and one of the participants who had expected to be present was unable to do so because she had to take her husband to hospital to have a particular eye procedure and then needed to get him home and keep tabs on him. There was no pre-assured sense of how the procedure would go. It might not have worked. The procedure was successful and the participant who could not come to the meeting was able to join us by zoom from home. A devout person who is also a medical doctor who was present at the meeting said, totally unselfconsciously: Yes, Tom has received a miracle. In our generation, as in previous generations but now with a very particular urgency, an urgency of honesty, of credibility, of breath-taking advances in medical science and of lived experience, we need to face the active relationship between the spiritual and the medical: healing relates to both, science and spirit relate to one another. I found this a wonderful thing to hear when I heard it said at the conference. Many of the happenings that we and others have by custom described as miracles are carried out, both routinely and in emergencies, by medical personnel and by the advances in medical science. And such insights and appreciations are essential for our generation to speak out boldly in commending The Ministry of Healing with all of its integrity, all of its rich history and all of its human and divine hopefulness – and to make and to hold the connections between both with confidence and without embarrassment.


Before the Season of Easter passes us by completely, let us harness what it is to accompany, what it is to connect God with those who seek healing. Let us go further and let us offer ourselves as agents of healing to others. After all, this is our commissioning as disciples of Christ the Healer and the Teacher and the Giver of Life.  I am not saying something trite, such as: Anyone can pray, anyone can heal. What I am saying is that, as children of the Resurrection, as people of gift and adventure, we need to want to take the peace that Christ Risen brings to his disciples then, as recorded in St John chapter 20, into the world now. When I worked in St Finbarre’s Cathedral in Cork, I remember going to visit a parishioner who had to have a cataract removed in the Cork University Hospital. This was a major outing for this lady and she faced it with fortitude and faith. While I sat with her, I simply let her tell her story. And I remember what she said: I will never forget what it was like when they pulled away the patch and I could see clearly the light once again. This faithful parishioner, with whom I celebrated Holy Communion monthly in her home in the flat of the city, had grasped the connection of light, miracle and medicine. God inhabits the totality of our world as its creator. God inhabits the totality of who we are and what we do. We have no need to collude with any stand-off between religion and science when it comes to healing. The Prayer Book speaks in a simple phrase of: patient continuance in welldoing … In its original context, it relates to Christian citizenship. We can give it voice in Christian healing as another expression of: patient continuance in welldoing … So many of those whose loves and instincts we celebrate today have done just this without fuss or fanfare throughout their times of association with The Ministry of Healing. We are called and commissioned by our baptism to do the same.


In this church dedicated to St John the Baptizer, I give thanks with you for the Ministry of Healing and, in the words of The Collect for St John the Baptist’s Day, I encourage you as that prayer encourages everyone at the mid-point of the year, June 24th to take up this charge:

 … after his example constantly speak the truth, boldly rebuke vice and patiently suffer for the truth’s sake. This is a truth of faith, a truth of hope, a truth of justice, a truth of healing that sets us free to continue to prepare the way of the Lord in our time and in our place.


“Then Jesus breathed on them, saying, Receive the Holy Spirit!” (John 20:22)



CMH:I Annual Thanksgiving Service & Gift Day, 21st May 2022

This year is the 90th anniversary of the start of the Church’s Ministry of Healing in Ireland.

To mark the occassion we would like to invite you to CMH:I’s Annual Thanksgiving Service & Gift Day on Saturday, 21st May 2022 at 3pm in Clontarf parish. The preacher on the day will be Arcbishop Michael Jackson.

During the service there will be an opportunity for prayer ministry and anointing with oil.

Due to the pandemic, it has been a few years since we were able to have our Annula Thanksgiving Service, so we are especially looking forward to welcoming you this year.

We hope you will be able to join us in order to celebrate Christ’s gift of healing with us.

All are welcome!

“Out of the Silence, Alleluia will Rise” – Quiet Day, 9th April 2022

CMH:I and Clontarf parish would like to invite you to an in-person and online Quiet Day
on Saturday 9 April, 11am-1pm.

In-person venue is Church of St. John the Baptist, Clontarf.
You can also join us via the webcam on

The Quiet Day “Out of the Silence, Alleluia will Rise” will be led by Dr. Iva Beranek, Ministry Facilitator of CMH:I.

We hope you can join us.

Online Healing Service, 16th March 2022

I have heard your prayer. I have seen your tears; I will heal you.” 2 Kings 20:5

CMH:I would like to invite you to join us for our Online Service of Wholeness and Healing on Wednesday, 16th March 2022 via Facebook live.

The service will be led by Rev Lesley Robinson and start at 12noon.
You can find our Facebook page here:

If you would like us to pray for someone during the service, please email their first name before 5pm on Tuesday, 15th March. You can email it to Please put CMH:I healing service in the subject line.

Our new Bank holiday on 18th March is a Day of Remembrance, where we are invited to take time to remember the impact of the pandemic. We will do the same at this healing service.  We hope you can join us as we continue to pray for healing.

Be free to let others know.