Cancer Prayer Support Group

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 @ 7.30pm

Two years ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had surgery and six months of chemotherapy. It was the worst year of my life, but a year in which I have never felt closer to God. He upheld me with enough hope, peace and strength to face each day.

Almost 1 in 3 people have cancer at some time in their lives. In the UK there are many secular support groups, but no Christian ones that I can find. God is stirring me to support, with His love, people going through cancer, and to pass on to them the same comfort I found in Him. I long to see a ministry develop which offers prayer, day and weekend retreats, hospital visiting/encouragement and practical ways to support families (e.g. meal delivery and house cleaning).

St Matthew’s has Bristol’s Oncology Hospital in our parish! What an opportunity we therefore have to ‘bind up the brokenhearted… to comfort all who mourn… and bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes’ (Isaiah 61Open Link in New Window). That is my desire as we start a ‘Cancer Prayer Support Group’ here in June.

Could you join me in the journey? Maybe your life has been affected by cancer and you would like to encourage others? Perhaps you could pray for or with people? Or bake cakes? Or offer worship at a retreat? If you can help in any way, please contact me on or via the office.

Yours in Christ, Helen Jones

Helen gives her testimony and talks more about the project in this podcast, recorded on Sunday, 13 May.

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