All welcome at 'Healing Place'

Members of the Mosgiel-Green Island community (from left) Brent Aplin, Mervyn Bryant, Cam Shaw,...
Members of the Mosgiel-Green Island community (from left) Brent Aplin, Mervyn Bryant, Cam Shaw, Littlejohn Black and Heather Madigan catch up on the day's news during a ''Healing Place'' gathering at St Luke's on the Taieri. Photo supplied.

Mosgiel residents are receiving a warm and friendly welcome at the ''Healing Place'', a gathering space at St Luke's on the Taieri.

Founded six years ago as part of the ministry of St Luke's on the Taieri, at 67 Gordon Rd, the Healing Place is a space for people to gather from 9.30am to 11.30am, Tuesday to Friday.

Run by Philip Mansfield, with a team of helpers, the Healing Place is designed to provide a warm, positive, safe environment where people can find company, help and support when needed.

It earned the name ''Healing Place'' in acknowledgement of the church's motto ''Healing into Wholeness''.

St Luke's minister the Rev Stephen White said the morning sessions welcomed anyone who wished to attend, and were popular with residents.

Last Friday morning, a large group of people gathered at the Healing Place for coffee and a chance to enjoy each other's company.

Each had their own reasons for going along, from a chance to get out of the house to browsing through the books.

''It's a safe place where we can come to support each other, especially when things get tough,'' attendee Kelly Russell said.

For Charles Hannagan, the morning sessions are a good place to go for friendship, coffee and a chat, while Mervyn Bryant enjoys the company and prayer.

''It is a chance to get out of the house, meet others and enjoy their company,'' attendee Heather Madigan said.

Storyteller Cam Shaw, who leads a storytelling session on Thursdays, likes being able to share tales and talk to attendees, while enjoying the tea provided.

For Brent Aplin, the warm welcome and friendliness are great, along with the music, books and DVDs.

''It is a safe place,'' he said.

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