Prayer ministry needs good listeners with compassion

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Prayer ministry needs good listeners with compassion

The Diocese of East Anglia’s Listening and Prayer Ministry is looking to recruit new helpers to assist parishioners in need of a listening ear and prayer support. Antonia Braithwaite explains.

Do you feel called to be a more active part of the loving face of the Church? If so, you might be interested in joining the Diocese’s Listening and Prayer Ministry; a rewarding, voluntary (expenses paid) ministry within the Diocese of East Anglia.  If you are a good listener, have compassion for others in their need and believe in the power of prayer to change lives, you could join our team who are already assisting parishioners in need by offering listening and prayer support. 

Helpers are trained to deal with situations such as bereavement, health issues, family and relationship problems, faith issues, depression, abuse, anxieties, workplace difficulties and life problems, amongst others.  Full training and supervision will be given to enable you to identify and develop the particular gifts God has given you and to facilitate your use of them in this increasingly needed ministry.  

If you feel that you may have the necessary empathy, basic skills to listen, and are in agreement with Church teaching, then please email myself, the Marriage and Family Life Coordinator, by mid December 2022 to express your interest. You will be sent a blank CV to fill in, and a case study and questions to answer. Interviews will take place online and it is hoped that training will begin online in January 2023.

Helpers are trained to provide the ministry both live and online.  Ongoing supervision will be provided throughout active ministry and opportunities provided for live team meetings, Masses and Days of Reflection. 

Members of prayer groups, counsellors and those in training, those interested in counselling or who use similar skills in their work (paid or voluntary) would probably be well suited to this ministry although it is definitely not limited to these individuals. 

Click here for more information on the Listening and Prayer Ministry and for a more detailed personal specification

To apply please contact: Antonia Braithwaite