Published: 14th October 2005
Sunday 16 October is Healthcare Sunday when hundreds of churches all around the country will remember the everyday 'heroes in healthcare', ordinary Christians who work in the NHS.
Healthcare Sunday is based on St Luke's day remembering Luke, probably the first ever Christian doctor, who wrote Luke's Gospel and Acts. This day is spearheaded by over ten Christian organisations including CARE, Healthcare Christian Fellowship, Christian Medical Fellowship and Christians in Caring Professions.
'Healthcare disciplines like nursing, medicine, and OT are vocations' said Steve Fouch, CMF Allied Professions Secretary. 'This takes us to the concept of being 'called ' into what we do. Being a health professional involves special privileges. Based on that lovely statement of Jesus recorded not in the gospels but in Acts 20: 35: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive ', there can be very special rewards in the self-giving of serving the sick. Whether consciously in response to a specific call of God or not, those privileges constitute vocation as opposed to job.'
'The Bible is filled with real life stories of people who made a difference; ordinary men and women who God took in the middle of doing their everyday tasks and made their lives extraordinary
Those who are faithful in the little things every day are indeed HEROES. If in today's world we want to be salt and light, if we want our light to shine in the gathering darkness, we will indeed need to be heroic. The good news is that we don't have to do it on our own. God has promised to be with us every step of the way and to be our enabler in all that we do.
That is the message of Healthcare Sunday'
For more information see www.healthcaresunday.org.uk.
Philippa Taylor (CMF Head of Public Policy) 020 7234 9664
Steven Fouch (CMF Head of Communications) 020 7234 9668
Alistair Thompson on 07970 162 225
Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) was founded in 1949 and is an interdenominational organisation with over 5,000 doctors, 900medical and nursing students and 300 nurses and midwives as members in all branches of medicine, nursing and midwifery. A registered charity, it is linked to over 100 similar bodies in other countries throughout the world.
CMF exists to unite Christian healthcare professionals to pursue the highest ethical standards in Christian and professional life and to increase faith in Christ and acceptance of his ethical teaching.