God, through council, answers plea

MALL MOVE: Healing Rooms volunteers (from left) Joan Smith, Dianne Hughes, Meryl Hirche and George Smith applaud the finding of a new home.
MALL MOVE: Healing Rooms volunteers (from left) Joan Smith, Dianne Hughes, Meryl Hirche and George Smith applaud the finding of a new home. David Nielsen

THE prayers of the Ipswich Healing Rooms have been answered.

Having been unable to continue paying rent at their old premises on Ellenborough St, the committed volunteers of the Healing Rooms put out an SOS to God - and the Ipswich community - back in May.

Call it divine intervention, or just good luck, but prior to the expiry of their lease on June 30, they received some help from Ipswich City Council.

Thanks to the Activate Ipswich initiative, Healing Rooms volunteers were able to move into the heart of the CBD - on level two of the former Commonwealth Bank building in the mall - at the end of June.

Appreciative volunteer Malcolm Hughes said the important non-denominational confidential ministry service would now be able to continue unperturbed.

"The rent is even cheaper than before so it is great news for us," Mr Hughes said.

"We are now focused on settling in to our new surroundings and trying to notify everyone of our change of address."

The prayer team at the Ipswich Healing Rooms consists of 10 volunteers from various denominations, all working together to provide prayers for those needing physical, emotional or spiritual healing.

The new premises are located at level two, suite 202, 143 Brisbane St, at the top of the mall.

For more information, phone Mr Hughes on 0448 962 954.

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