How often have you felt a person has not been listening to what you were saying? Or how often have you regretted not listening properly to what someone was telling you – perhaps when you were being given directions or someone was asking you for advice?
Listening is a skill that we all need to develop, especially for situations where someone is anxious or upset and they wish to share with you their concern. If we can learn to listen attentively, to listen not just to the words but to the whole person, we can be a source of healing.
If you study the way Jesus found time to listen to people, avoiding the pre-judgements and stigmas of his day, you will see that He modelled great listening skills. He listened to people and he listened to God the Father.
Why am I telling you all this? Well, this Lent we aim to set up a course in Leighton Hospital which concentrates on developing listening skills, starting with Jesus’ example.
Staff, hospital volunteers (there are over 300!) and mobile patients are being invited to join in, as are folk from outside – in particular the church people from St Peter’s Minshull Vernon and St Leonard’s Warmingham. Visitors from outside will not have to pay to park.
The course will run once a week in the hospital chapel 12 noon to 1 pm (day to be decided, but probably on Thursdays starting 19th February) during Lent. Each session will consist of a brief look at an example of how people, a video clip of how to improve the listening skill in question, a presentation from a Leighton staff member, a small activity, a cup of tea!
Please think about supporting this course. You are not committed to attending all the sessions. The course brings church and hospital together, and helps us all to live the Christ-centred life. Even if you do not consider yourself particularly churchy, this course has something for you!