Entries by Bethan Willis

World Mental Health Day

God of Compassion, You meant us to be both fragile and ordinary. Silence the voices that say we are not good enough, Haven’t achieved enough, Haven’t enough to show for our lives, That we are not enough. Help us to know that we are treasure, We are prized, We are cherished, We are loved. Infinitely.

999 Food & Holiday Hunger

New research from Church Urban Fund suggests that 1 in 50 people used a food bank in 2016, a total of 1 million adults. The figure doesn’t include children and other household members who may accompany each food bank user. In addition to those receiving food aid, many more adults reported missing meals and experiencing

Faith in Action: Autumn Events

This autumn the Faith in Action team are involved in running or supporting a great range of events addressing issues including dementia, autism, learning disabilities, loneliness, mental health and the spirituality of churchyards. Do consider signing up…   Call the Psychiatrist? When a Mental Health Professional can Support your Pastoral Ministry – led by Dr

Remembering Dementia

In Holy Week 2017 Joanna Collicutt, Diocesan Advisor for the Spiritual Care of Older People, gave a series of sermons focused on the practice of remembering. Now available online these sermons offer some helpful theological reflections for those living with and supporting those with dementia. On Good Friday we see that it is Jesus who

Living Well in the End Times

Last month our Living Well in the End Times project was granted an additional two years funding by the Henry Smith Foundation. This innovative project aims to support clergy and pastoral leaders to be more confident and competent in enabling people to explore issues around death and dying. The focus over the next two years

Faith and Healthcare

By Janet McCrae. A version of this article appeared in the St Mary and St John Parish Magazine in November 2016. If patients are to flourish and recover well, healthcare needs to be person-centred and holistic. In November a conference on faith and health was convened Dr Guy Harrison, Head of Spiritual and Pastoral care at

Plough Wednesday

Yesterday’s news on Brexit may have offered some pointers as to what a post-EU future might look like, but there remains a great deal of uncertainty. For the farming community, which relies so heavily on EU policies and funds, there is particular concern about what the future may hold. Last week, Plough Wednesday offered an