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15th June 2018

The
Rainbow Counselling Service started in the year 2000, based at Manchester North
Seventh-day Adventist church. Vinette and Leebert Hughes as qualified counsellors,
started the service as a way of giving something back to the community, so they
offered their services on a voluntary basis. People could access the service on
Mondays and Thursday evenings between 18
:00 and 20:00, by telephone, face-to-face
or Skype and the service is free to those using the service. Virey Clarke from
Manchester North Adventist church, later became a valuable member of the team.

As the service
became more established, Pastor Cyril Sweeney who was the F
amily Ministries director
for the North England Conference (NEC) heard about the service and asked if
they could offer the service to the NEC if they sponsor the service. This was
agreed, and the Rainbow Counselling Service team visited various churches over
the years to promote its programme. They began to receive calls from the Missions,
the South and North England Conference and Europe.

This
service offered premarital counselling, individual, family and couple’s
coun
selling covering a range of issues, such as bereavement, anxiety,
depression, sexuality, anger, dysfunctional marriages, abuse in its various
forms, spiritual issues and other mental health issues. For the past six years
this service has provided a counselling service for the NEC Camp Meeting.

On Sabbath
7 April 2018, Manchester North district of churches which includes Sa
lford,
Manchester North, Manchester North East and Moss Side, had their first District
Day of Fellowship. NEC President Pastor
District-Day-of-Fellowship-2Richard Jackson was the guest speaker.
During the day, the service of Rainbow Counselling Service w
as recognised and
appreciated by the wider church. Our sincere appreciation goes to Leebert
Hughes, Vinette Hughes and Virey Clarke for their valuable contribution to the North
England Conference.

The
counselling service needs to be developed further to meet the demands of the
membership and have more satellite sta
tions across the NEC and an injection of
finance and support. The service is temporarily closed due to the fact that all
three of the counsellors have now retired from the counselling service.

The
counselling service
has been a blessing to many of our members and
non-Adventists in the local community in the Manchester districts. It has
tremendous relevance in society and the present climate in which we are living;
it would be a shame to lose it altogether.

[Pastor Ebenezer Daniel]

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