Healthcare Prayers September 2012

You may like to read Isaiah 65:17-25, God’s promise of a new heaven and a new earth.

 

  • Pray for those health care professionals who may be feeling overwhelmed and discouraged by the  problems they face day by day

 

  • Pray for healthcare workers in situations of conflict or poverty, where resources are scarce or unavailable

 

  • Pray for those involved in caring for people with mental health issues, especially where those issues are long-term

 

  • As the Paralympics continue, pray for all those taking part and those involved as medics and chaplains. Pray that these games might indeed affect people’s perceptions of disabled people

 

  •   Pray for new staff and for students starting new courses this month, particularly for those coming from overseas.

 

  • Pray for staff and patients at Nevill Hall, Abergavenny; for healthcare workers in places where there is war or communal strife; for Health Care in Australia and the Pacific.

 

 

Lord, may your Kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven!

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Prayers for Health Care Worldwide

1st August 2012

We remember all students and staff in the Department of Care Sciences, especially any who are in particular need today

 

This month we are praying especially for:

  • the Princess of Wales Hospital, Bridgend
  • administrators in the NHS, and those responsible for making policy
  • health care in Africa, especially in the Mbale region in Uganda, and the University’s links with care workers there

We have requests for prayer through the Healthcare Christian Fellowship:

Dr Jeff Russell of the Kardia Foundation is travelling from America on 1st August to lead a Christian outreach to the medical support teams accompanying the national athletics teams at the London Olympics and Paralympics. He asks us to pray for:

  • the remaining funds to be raised for his expenses and those of his student Rachel
  • “heart preparation of the healthcare workers whom God has already arranged to cross our paths”
  • creativity in determining ways to reach the sports medicine staffs who will be hard at work with the athletes, and ability to have God’s insight into the process
  • successful co-operation with the Medical Director of the Olympics and Paralympics

We are also asked to pray for Dr Richard Gavin in Southern Ireland who is facing a difficult work situation.

 

Loving God, we ask your blessing on doctors and nurses, on all who look after those who are ill, who give friendship to those who are distressed, or sit with those who are near to death.

 

We ask your guidance for those who are engaged in medical research, that they may persevere with vision and energy; and for those who administer the agencies of health and welfare, that they may have wisdom and compassion.

 

Loving God, bring healing, bring peace.

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Student Art Exhibition at the Meeting House

The Meeting House is proud to host artworks by this year’s graduating students and invite you to view them throughout Graduation Week 16th – 20th July 2012. Currently we are pleased to be displaying work which has been produced by students of BA Art Practice.

The Meeting House will be open between 8.30am – 5pm and offers you the opportunity to meet with friends in a relaxing and informal environment.

Families and friends are most welcome to spend time at the Meeting House before and after the graduation ceremonies. They can be sure of a warm welcome, whether they need a space to relax after a long journey, somewhere to have a cup of tea or as a place to meet up.

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What do you do once you have found God?

As Abraham, Moses, Paul of Tarsus, or any of the world’s great prophets might tell you, finding God is only the beginning of a long and rich relationship. Getting to know God is a challenging journey which takes a lifetime and leads you into unexpected places.

On Wednesday morning, the scientists behind the Large Hadron Collider in CERN, Geneva, announced that they had found something which is almost certainly the mysterious particle which the machine was created to look for – the so-called Higgs Boson, often nicknamed the “God particle”.

One of the greatest puzzles in 21st Century science is why the fundamental building blocks of our Universe are so different in size from each other – the electrons which whizz around the outside of atoms are around 1800 times lighter than the protons and neutrons which live in the nucleus of the atoms, yet the electric charge on an electron exactly balances that on a proton.

The most straightforward theory which explains such a big difference, also predicts there should be exactly one extra particle in addition to the ones we can routinely produce and detect. This extra particle was named the Higgs after Scottish physicist Peter Higgs who helped to develop the theory. But finding out whether this predicted particle was real required an atom-smashing machine capable of smashing atoms harder than any machine previously created.

Such a machine, the Large Hadron Collider, began operating in 2008, though it famously broke down after just a week. In 2011, initial results indicated a “hint of a Higgs”. Now, with the machine smashing atoms 14% harder than it did last year, the scientists have results good enough to say that they have found something that looks like a Higgs.

What the initial theory didn’t tell us was quite how heavy the Higgs was going to be. Subatomic particles are like coins – they are interchangeable, but only into other particles with fixed values. It turns out that like a 50-pence-piece which is easily changed into 10p or 5p pieces, the Higgs weighs in at a value which easily turns into several different kinds of subatomic products. This means the scientists have to track more different kinds of particles in order to pin down the exact properties of the Higgs, which makes the results a bit messier than they might have been.

Now that the Higgs has been (probably) discovered, questions remain. How many different ways will it actually change into other particles? Exactly how heavy is it? Will it do anything which hasn’t been predicted by the theory developed by Professor Higgs and his colleagues? As with believers who claim to have found God, so for those who have been searching for the “God particle”, its discovery is not the end, but only the beginning of a quest for enlightenment.

This post was writtem by Revd Dr Gareth Leyshon, an Associate Chaplain at the University of Glamorgan who also holds a PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Wales.

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July 2012 prayers

“Wherever the river flows it will brings life…’ Ezekiel 47:9

You may like to read Ezekiel 47:1-12, the prophet’s vision of healing and life flowing from the Temple of God. It provides a very powerful image for our prayers this month.

  • Pray for all staff working in the National Health Service, especially those in the hospitals and communities we serve.

 

  •  Pray for all ‘parish nurses’ who work with churches as part of their care for the whole person and whole community. (Google ‘parish nursing’ for more info)

 

  • Pray for the Hospital Trust in south London/north east Kent (hospitals in Orpington, Woolwich and Sidcup) which is in such debt that it is in danger of being put into administration: and all who are seeking to use diminished resources.

 

  • Pray for medical teams coming to the Olympics and Paralympics from all across the world

 

  • Pray for the situation in Syria, Afghanistan and other areas of conflict – that health professionals will be able to provide health care to those injured. Pray for an end to the fighting and unrest.

 

  • Pray for all HESAS students and staff and their families.

 

  • Pray for those on the International Nursing Programme, that their time at Glamorgan might be a blessing personally and professionally.

 

  • Pray for all who are working in stressful situations in the community, that they may find strength and peace.

 

  • Remember those in different parts of the world who cannot afford health care, pray that health provision will be made available for them.

 

  • Pray for health professionals who are helping out overseas from the UK & elsewhere.

 

Lord, may your Kingdom come and your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven!

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Refugee Week event Friday 22nd June

 

St Davids Uniting Church will be hosting an event for Refugee Week, on Friday 22 June 7 – 9pm, in conjunction with refugees from Refugee Voice Wales.

Rev Aled Edwards will  be introducing the evening.

There will be an opportunity to talk with refugees in small groups and to hear some refugee stories, before we share a feast of food from different cultures.

Further publicity with more details available shortly. Meanwhile please make a note in your diary. Hope you can come!

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End of Year Party at the Meeting House

by Maarten Heinsius

It is the end of the year, and what a year. The Chaplaincy has taken on a new and even broader role in the University, and that deserved to be celebrated. Despite Treforest currently being the perfect backdrop for a new-age western in a small deserted desert town, a large number of students gathered to enjoy each other’s company for the last time this academic year. A goodbye for some, a welcome for others, the end of a fantastic year for everyone.

The evening began, as any good evening, with food. The Chaplaincy had prepared beef and bean chilli as well as nachos, salad and garlic bread. The meal was delicious. While everyone was eating busily, Olga (a prominent member of the Meeting House Group) snuck up on people and provided them with the name of a famous person. This was stuck on people’s backs, so they couldn’t see who they were. The objective was to find out their secret identity by asking questions. After Vaughan (the Chaplain) was able to guess his first identity (Leonardo da Vinci) correctly, we provided him with the much more entertaining identity of “Lady Gaga” which he was unable to ascertain.

After the meal, we showed the short movie “The Butterfly Circus” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p98KAEif3bI). An inspiring film about a man “God himself has turned his back upon” who learns never to give up.

Following this, Olga led us through a Belgian dance to the song “’t Smidje” (The Smith). The whole building was trembling as the group danced in unison. We finished the night with a fantastic social game. A small group of the players are Mafia in a small village, and their objective is to eliminate the other villagers, one by one. The villagers need to find out who is the Mafia, and eliminate them. One thing we learned from this game is: never trust a chaplain!

It was a great end to a fantastic year. As a student who has been at this University for four years, I can say how welcome a service like the Chaplaincy and Meeting House is to us students, as it supports us in holding great events. I do not plan to be here next year, but I hope some of you will step up to help Vaughan and his team carry forward this great initiative.

Many thanks to Vaughan and Jan for cooking the great food, and to Olga and Cristina for helping me organise!

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Prayers for Health Care Worldwide

This month we are praying especially for:

• the study day on health care in the multi-faith/multi-cultural environment, to be held on Thursday 3rd May
• Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, and our students who are working there
• Concerns about changes in the Health Service in the UK
• Health care in North America, especially the controversy about the health system in the USA

We remember all students and staff in the Department of Care Sciences, especially any who are in particular need today

Loving God, we ask your blessing on doctors and nurses, on all who look after those who are ill, who give friendship to those who are distressed, or sit with those who are near to death.

We ask your guidance for those who are engaged in medical research, that they may persevere with vision and energy; and for those who administer the agencies of health and welfare, that they may have wisdom and compassion.

Loving God, bring healing, bring peace.

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Students live on £1 a day at Glamorgan

To many people in the UK, £1 is a nominal amount and can be spent without much thought at all. However for 1.4 billion people around the world, £1 is all they can afford to spend per day.

The number of people who face extreme poverty today equals more than 20 times the population of the UK.

To get a glimpse into everyday life of these people and, more importantly, to try to help them, the UNICEF on Campus team at the University of Glamorgan is taking part in the Live Below the Line campaign.

‘This is our society’s first main campaign and I’m really glad that we are taking part in such a unique initiative to help deprived children around the world.’ – Siddharth Sobti, president of the society.

Along with 20,000 people in the UK, Australia, and the USA who have joined the Global Poverty Project’s initiative this year, each member of the team will spend five days, starting May 7, living on only £1 per day for all food and drink. That means no food donations from other people can be accepted and certainly no fishing in the fridge for previously bought food. Five pounds has to cover all food and drink in those five days.

So how will this help the children? That’s up to you! Sponsor the team members and your donation will go straight to UNICEF, the leading children’s organization that brings direct help to poor children and their families in more than 150 countries around the world.

To find out more and to sponsor the team please visit facebook.com/glamlbl or ask at the Meeting House on the Treforest Campus.

By Markéta Šrajbrová – Journalism Student at University of Glamorgan

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A World of Faith at the Meeting House

A diverse group of students met at the Meeting House on Monday evenings through March. After a presentation by Associate Chaplain Ray Vincent on “What is Christianity?” the group sat down for a meal, and over the table there was a lively discussion not just about Christianity but about religion in general.

The group were of at least seven different nationalities, and included all different types of Christians, Muslims, Hindus and one or two professed unbelievers. It was as if the whole world had gathered in one room, except that it was a peaceful world. The discussion was serious, passionate, honest and fun.

We all had an opportunity to express our own faith (and to question it) and to learn about other people’s faith. This was the Chaplaincy building truly being a Meeting House. Those who came are determined to meet again, and we hope to host many more such evenings in the future. Any suggestions for topics are welcome.

Anyone who wants to be kept in touch with future events should follow the Chaplaincy Channel, join the Meeting House Group on Facebook, or contact us.

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