The Healing Ministry and Ministry of Deliverance

The Ministry of Healing is praying for God’s blessing and God’s healing power for people, and into situations and places. All Christians pray for others and for the world, and it is right that they should pray for God’s healing with people who have asked for prayer in the name of the risen Christ and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Priests are ordained to bless, anoint and absolve people in the name of Christ.

The Ministry of Deliverance is a different but related ministry  The Bishop of Chelmsford has authorised a team of ministers to support parish clergy in their work of pastoral care and support.  They will assist in discerning the source or cause of disturbing experiences and in determining appropriate ways of resolving them. The purpose of deliverance ministry is to make real to those who might feel possessed, oppressed or afraid the love and peace that God intends for all people, through the work of Jesus Christ and his Church.

The team works within the professional boundaries of the Church of England and with an approved Code of Practice.

You can contact the Deliverance Team at

Guidelines on Healing and Deliverance Ministries can be downloaded here.

Some prayers you might find useful

For protection:

Christ within me,
Christ behind me,
Christ before me,
Christ beside me,
Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ in quiet,
Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all who love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

For a house:

Visit this place, O Lord, we pray, and drive far from it the snares of the enemy;
may your holy angels dwell with us and guard us in peace,
and may your blessing be always upon us; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

A blessing:

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds
in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord;
and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always.Amen.

Further useful prayers can be found in the Common Worship volume of Pastoral Services in the section entitled 'Prayers for Protection and Peace' (page 94ff).

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