Christian Hospital Ministry

This is a vital and much neglected area of outreach.

The Church should be involved in praying with sick people for their healing and seeing the sick made whole.

Can you remember the last time you visited a relative or friend in hospital?  

I don’t know why but hospitals can feel like such lonely hopeless places, the staff are always run off their feet, everyone wants help or assistance. The staff are overworked and often cannot give the patients as much time as they would like to. The nursing staff cannot be both health carer and visitor they are simply to busy.

Some patients do not get any visitors for the whole time they are in hospital. Just seeing a smiling face or having a friendly ear to chat to makes all the difference to whether they have a happy or miserable stay.

Reaching out to the sick and being there to pray for those who are dying is a vital and important part of Church outreach. Remember for those who are dying it may be their last chance of hearing the Gospel and receiving Eternal Salvation.

Whats the solution

As individual Christians we should be available to visit family or Church members who are in hospital, when the Reverends or Pastors has willing volunteers to help with hospital visits it lifts the burden, remember they are caring and looking after all the congregation.

If you feel Jesus is calling you to start a group to reach out into your local hospital, pray it through and talk to your Church leader as he or she will be key in getting access to patients.

At first you will require a little help from your Church to get things started and of course a group of willing prayerful volunteers.

Your group should ideally be a mixed age group made up of male and female members. Ladies should visit ladies and the men should visit the men.

And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom. And Jesus said unto him,
Verily I say unto you, Today shall you be with Me in Paradise.”
Luke 23:42, 43 (KJV)

If you are ministering to the dying tell them the full gospel and remember to lead them in a simple prayer of salvation (you can find this on the website). Share the message of the thief on the cross. He didn’t have time to make amends with those he had wronged, he didn’t have time to learn the Bible, he didn’t even have time to be baptised but because of his repentant heart and acknowledged of Christ. Jesus said to him today you will be with me in paradise.

 

It’s our job as the UK local Christian Church to minister into our nations hospitals

Useful Pointers for those who engage in this ministry:

 

  • Pray about establishing the Hospital Ministry and listen to the Holy Spirit
  • Talk to your Church leader and plan to formalist the group
  • Select and talk to Church members who you feel would be comfortable ministering in this way
  • Have the appropriate Criminal record checks done for everyone in the ministry group (CRB check). There are different checks so make sure the appropriate checks are done. They cover children and vulnerable adults (there is a fee  involved).
  • The Church leader or designated deputy should train the group on the way they want them to minister in the hospital (sharing the message of salvation is one of the aims)
  • Have a free Christian Library trolley that you can bring with you, so patients who are often bored can read Christian books, novels, biographies and magazines (people from Church can donate new or used Christian books). This can become a ministry in itself.
  • Make sure all the Local Hospitals have your Leader/Church office telephone number so that if patients ask to see a minister they have a point of contact.
  • Inform the hospital that you have CRB checked Patient Visitor Group. Pick the 2 days that the group will attend the hospital every week. Wait in the waiting room while staff ask if anyone wants a visitor (only ladies for ladies and men for men). If no one requires a visitor take the book trolley round and move to the next ward. Its upto you to arrange appropriate times.
  • Make sure that you visit your own relatives and extended family who are in Hospital
  • Make sure you visit Church members who are in Hospital.

 

We have to respond to this calling from Jesus Christ because He does not have any other people but you to do this work.

the Good Samaritain

 

 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead. And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

The parable has inspired painting, sculpture, poetry, and film. The colloquial phrase “good Samaritan,” meaning someone who helps a stranger, derives from this parable, we are to be good samaritans reaching out to those in our communities. An evangelistic area in great need of attention are the United Kingdom hospitals. We are able to bring comfort to the sick and salvation and reasurrance to the dying. We can lay hands on the sick and see them healed. Luke 10;25-37 (KJV)

Recent Testimony:

A lady got staff at a local hospital to call the Leader of a local Church. It was discovered she had terminal cancer and was gives weeks to live. The Leader prayed with her, she was scanned again, the hospital staff discovered the cancer had completely disappeared. She gave her testimony at Church. That is the difference ministering to those in hospital makes.

 

 

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