What can we do to make Christmas Happier?

by Michael Bellamy It may be that the garishly decorated tree, the lights that make the tinsel glisten or Noddy Holder piercing the air with ‘IIIIIItttttsss  Chriiiiiisssstttmaaaaas!’ fills you with warm, comforting memories, making this season all the...

When helping the hurting feels out of your depth

by Michael Bellamy What do we do when we don’t know what to do? When someone tells you their story, particularly if they have had a difficult or traumatic past it is a great privilege to be trusted with this information.  It likely took great courage in sharing it. ...

What is the secret to happiness?

by Michael Bellamy. What makes us happy? A sun-drenched beach perhaps, a great job or maybe a sense of achieving something? Personally, I’d settle for some good coffee, good company and an insanely chocolatey brownie. There are many things we might identify as a...

Your church – a place of healing for the broken

by Carolyn Bramhall. If it is true that our God, the Great Physician, forgives all our sins, heals all our diseases and sets our feet upon a rock; if lonely people are placed into families, broken hearts healed and grieving people dance, then why don’t we see large...

Supporting others: the works and the words

by Carolyn Bramhall. In the article “Your church – a place of healing for the broken“, we took a peek at the idea that perhaps ordinary Christians, without training in mental health issues or counselling can help the most wounded and damaged individuals in our...

Pastoral care

by Carolyn Bramhall. “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me …” A reflection on the Church’s response to pain and suffering. Have you ever looked into the sad eyes of someone who has suffered a great deal of pain and felt...