Spiritual support vital for cancer survivors

find out why spiritual support is so important for those diagnosed with cancer

Ahead of their retreat day on November 28th we spoke to Helen Jones and the other organisers behind Firm Roots Cancer Support to find out why spiritual support is so important for those diagnosed with cancer.

When Helen was diagnosed with breast cancer she had plenty of medical and emotional support but there was nowhere to find all important spiritual support. And like so many people who get such a diagnosis that was important. “We need medical treatment but we also need spiritual support” says Helen “and when I looked there was nothing in this country that offered that”.

Helen felt a real sense that God was calling her to this ministry. “God put it on my heart to do something, to share my experience and to pass it on so that others may be helped”.

Exploring and adapting models found in the USA Helen established Firm Roots with a vision to offer prayer and support for cancer patients and their families. “Many can find comfort in faith, many find their faith challenged but all have profound experiences” believes Helen “what we wanted to offer was prayer and retreat days for the patient and for their families”.

Firm Roots started in 2012 as a Christian organisation which offers prayer and spiritual support to people affected by cancer and their families/friends supporting them. This support is delivered in the form of Cancer Prayer Support Groups and Retreat Days. There are currently four Firm Roots prayer groups in different areas of the country, with several others in the pipeline. Bishop Paul recently became the Patron of the organisation.

Part of the vision of Firm Roots, was also to offer practical support in the community, to families affected by cancer. The Burscough group have now partnered with Macmillan Cancer Support to deliver a volunteer service offering befriending and practical support (such as meal delivery, cleaning, ironing, gardening) to local families affected by cancer.

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Firm Roots Retreat Day

Saturday 28th November 2015, 10am - 4pm. 
Don Orione Farmhouse, 2 Walthew Green WN8 0QT 
Lunch & refreshments provided. 
A quiet day for anyone affected by cancer, and families and friends supporting others. A chance to pray and reflect, spend time in God’s presence, enjoy music, unwind, take time out, meet new friends & be encouraged.
No cost but booking is essential. Email: Helen.Jones@firmroots.co.uk