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The Church as a Healing Community

21st November 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Are you interested in developing your church as a place of community flourishing ? Come along to a networking afternoon (2pm -5pm) hosted by the Church of Scotland and The Guild of Health and St Raphael to hear about projects promoting health, healing and well-being in local communities. We will be offering an interesting program including hearing from Fischy Music, Finn’s Place, Capacita, Dementia café, The Open Gate and more. The Guild will also be presenting an innovative new project called Healthy Healing Hubs which aims to resource all churches to develop community connections through mental health support and healing opportunites.  (healing ministry) Come and see what support you can access in order to help you deliver the mission of the Church in your community to be a place of hope and welcome to all people. Why not make a day of it and stay for the Denis Duncan Lecture in the evening which will be delivered by Michael Harvey. His topic is mission and healing – how the invitation to all people to find wholeness is central to God’s mission for the church.

2:00pm – Welcome/opening devotional

2:05pm – Fischy Music

2:50pm – Dementia Group/Singing Group?

3:20pm – The Open Gate – Margaret Habeshaw

3:30pm– Tea/Coffee Break – also an opportunity for people to receive prayer for healing in designated area of the room, also chance for people to chat to contributors.

3:50pm – Capacita

4:20pm – Finn’s Place

4:40pm – Healthy Healing Hubs – Gillian Straine

5:00pm – Close

 Fischy Music – Writing songs supporting the social, emotional and spiritual well-being of children.

Open GateA new community resource offering Solution-Focused Brief Therapy to anyone wanting help with problems such as anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties.   Sessions are free and available for any age.   The project has been given a Pilot Grant from the Church of Scotland’s Go For It Fund.

Finn’s PlaceFinn’s Place is a centre for wellbeing based in and supported by Langside Church. We work in partnership with other organisations and community groups to help develop community wellbeing.We base our activities on the ‘five ways to wellbeing’ as researched by the New Economics Foundation: Connect, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Be Active and Give. 

Capacita‘Capacita is a Spanish word meaning to empower, encourage and be well. It is a treasure chest full of mind/body/spirit practices which resonate deeply with monastic/contemplative/body prayer. The practices are helpful for, insomnia, addictions, anxiety/depression, low esteem, grief, past trauma. There are recurring themes of, loving kindness, compassion, forgiveness, unconditional allowing, non-judgement, befriending our wounds, giving and receiving of mercy, letting go.

Healthy Healing Hubs The Guild of Health & St. Raphael will be presenting an innovative new project called Healthy Healing Hubs which aims to resource all churches to develop their healing ministry.

Dementia Café Hear from Rev. Muriel Pearson, as she explains more about the “Come and sing café” held at Cranhill Parish Church. The sessions allow people to participate in songs, singing, and some light dancing if they choose while helping people with dementia to get out of the house, have fun, and hear some memorable tunes.


21st November 2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm


St Andrew’s and St. George’s West, Edinburgh
13 George Street
Edinburgh, EH2 2PA United Kingdom
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