The Hospital of God at Greatham has been a faithful witness to the Christian gospel’s call to compassion since its foundation by Robert de Stichell in 1273. Through the centuries the Hospital has sought to express the love of God through its ministry of welcome and care for all.
The founder’s vision was for the care of the whole person, an idea which strikes a contemporary note with developments in social care which enhance the striving after human flourishing.
Christianity is not concerned only with a person’s soul. Issues of health, respect, environment and well being are of also of great concern to people of all faiths and of none. The distinctive Christian insight is its belief in transformation that God is at work in the world and that the signs of God’s activity are around us to be discovered.
Particular hallmarks of the Christian identity of the Hospital of God:
- Continuity of tradition. The faithful expression of prayer and worship has been at the heart of the foundation from its origins and is maintained today through a pattern of regular prayer and devotion.
- Pastoral care is at the heart of the life of the community. The care we show towards others reflects the compassion of Christ to all people.
- People have equal standing, recognising the dignity of all as children of God, unique and precious in God’s sight.
Successive generations have sought to interpret afresh the purposes of the Hospital for their own day. This concern for contemporary relevance ensures that the vision first enunciated by Robert de Stichell is constantly being renewed as the Hospital seeks to live out its calling.