Aylsham minister brings Hugs from above
Baptist Minister and author Patrick Coghlan has written a new book about retirement and later life, which will be available at the end of February.
Hugs from above is primarily a resource of meditations and prayers for those who have entered into retirement and later life. It looks at some of the changes that take place, and some of the difficulties that might be experienced at such a time – pointing the reader towards some helpful and encouraging verses from the Bible.
The prayers are relevant, uncomplicated, and honest. They look at feelings, fears, anxieties, joys, thanksgiving, hopes and dreams. Hugs from above encourages the reader to pray with faith and expectation and also offers the challenge of considering starting some new ventures.
Patrick says “Prayer is the key that unlocks the power and unconditional love of God to flow into our lives, and the lives of those that we love and care about, in amazing ways – just like a big hug from God! It is appropriate that the meditations and prayers concern retirement and later life because I became eligible for my state pension a few weeks ago, although I have no intention of retiring at the moment!”
Rev Patrick Coghlan is the Minister at Worstead Baptist Church in Meeting Hill near North Walsham. He is also the chaplain of Aylsham and district Care Trust (ACT), and the manager of ACT Counselling Services – both of which are based in the ACT Centre, in Aylsham. ACT is a Christian community care charity, and does a lot of work with older people – but not solely. The ACT Centre is part of the St Michael’s Care Complex.
In his work as a minister, chaplain and counsellor, Patrick has had considerable experience of working with people of most age groups, in the context of providing ministry and care. He has been an enthusiastic author for many years, having had his first book published in 2001. He has written a variety of Christian resources for different age groups, and some family novels.
Patrick is married to June and they have two grown-up children – Rachel and Jonathan – and he has recently become a grandfather to Isabella. For his leisure Patrick enjoys quality family time, dog walking and going out on his red motorcycle.
Hugs from above will be available from Kevin Mayhew from February 27.
Paperback £6-99, E book £4-99.
Visit the publisher’s website for this and some of Patrick’s other books.
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