Our Mission Statement
To provide spiritual and personal support to cancer patients and their carers in the Maidstone area through meetings, a friendship network and pastoral care
The group began on 6 February 2017 with a great commissioning service in Linton Road Congregational Church, attended by friends, ministers and supporters. The regular meetings are now up and running. But the story began some time before that...
In 2013 Andrew Parfitt, a retired minister in Maidstone, was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. In 2015 he and his wife Ann discovered, 'by accident', the Loseley Christian Cancer Help Centre near Guildford and began going regularly to the twice-monthly meetings, which proved to be a wonderful source of spiritual and emotional support.
In August 2016 Andrew felt that God was leading him to start a group in Maidstone. A core team was formed
and as people began to hear about it a lot of interest was received. Macmillan Cancer Support has been very helpful and also Helen Jones, who runs a number of cancer prayer groups around the country (firmroots.org.uk). Her book, 'My Right Hand in the Father's' describes her own traumatic experience of breast cancer and how God helped her through the treatment.
The meetings have a Christian basis and are open to all cancer patients and their carers whether or not they have a Christian faith.
They are held on the first and third Mondays of each month at Linton Road Free Church ME15 0AL, near Linton crossroads, on the A229 3 miles south of the town centre. Several bus routes pass the chapel which is near the Salts Avenue stop. There is free on-street parking in Holmesdale Close. Please contact us if transport is a problem. No meeting on 15 July 2019 - group outing to Merriments Gardens.
12.30 pm: Lunch together - bring your own sandwiches (drinks and cake provided)
1.30 pm: An informal service with worship songs, devotional ministry and prayer for those who request it
The emphasis is on uplifting the spirit, encouraging one another and experiencing the love of God.
There are no cancer talks and no-one is expected to speak about their condition unless they want to.
We believe that God will minister to all who attend and we will pray for healing and recovery whilst
recognising the realities of a cancer diagnosis, and the need to support those who are terminally ill.