Monday, 10 December 2012

St Andrews, Edenbridge, programme for 2013


"The Centre" run by the Sisters of St Andrew's near Edenbridge have issued their programme for 2013
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‘The Centre’ will be ceasing its activities from the 30th June 2013
as the Sisters of St. Andrew will eventually be leaving Eden Hall.



Dates for your diary: Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2013


will be days of Celebration and Thanksgiving for all the blessings that the sisters, the team at the Centre, and all our guests and visitors have received over the last 12 years since ‘the Centre’ had its beginnings.

For further details of the Programme see   www:sisters-of-st-andrew.com

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Advent Breathing Space: Visions of the Nativity 1

At St Peter & St Paul, Seal we hold three small scale candlelit contemplative Communion services during Advent.

The theme for these special Advent services this year is "Visions of the Nativity" and the talk in each service will be focussed on a different classic approach to painting the  Christmas story. The first service looked at the image of Jesus as a newborn lying naked on the ground (see the example right by Fra Angelico) while Mary and Joseph kneel in prayer, an image that can seem rather odd to us - who'd leave a baby lying about like that, cold and uncomfortable...?

If you would like to read the talk, it is here on our sermon blog (the next two talks will be posted after they are delivered.) Of course, anyone who wants to is welcome to come along to these services - the next two are on Thurs 13th and 20th Dec at 8pm.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Advent "Breathing Space" Meditative Communion at St Peter & St Paul, Seal




Thurs Dec 6, 13, 20 at 8pm  St Peter and St Paul, Seal 
(TN15 0AT)

Quiet, contemplative, services of Holy Communion in the candlelit Lady Chapel of Seal Church with a short talk. This year we'll be looking at various depictions of the nativity in art to help us reflect. The addresses will be posted on this site each week after the service, but if you can join us for the service, you will be very welcome!

Our "Breathing Space" services are simple services of Holy Communion, with pools of silence dotted through them and  music to listen to beforehand. They last about 30 minutes.


Advent Labyrinth - Dec 9

Advent Labyrinth at St George's, Weald, near Sevenoaks.

Sunday Dec 9 from 5 pm onwards.

Countdown to Christmas making  you stressed?
Wish you could take some time-out?
Wonder what all the fuss is about?

Try the Advent Labyrinth at St George's, Weald (TN14 6LT)
Drop in any tim from 5pm onwards!

There is a flyer with details here.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Advent Service at St Luke's Gillingham

St. Luke the Evangelist, Sidney Road, Gillingham, ME7 1PA
 
Advent Sunday - 2nd December 2012
5pm An Advent  Service of Penitence and Hope
 
A short devotional service with readings, prayers, hymns, and homily, based on the traditional Advent O Antiphons
 

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Network Day - Nov 17th

Dear All, 

Just a reminder of the Network day on the 17th of November. 

I hope you are able to come! Do let me know to give me a rough idea of numbers.

Susanne


Network Day  - ‘Our vision and gifts’
Since I last wrote to you all, ‘Stream’, the visioning team, has been meeting to ponder and pray about the future of the network. This time of discernment and prayer has led to the planning of our next network day:
17 November at St Andrew’s, Edenbridge10-14 - bring and share lunch.
We are inviting all of you to be part of this process, to pray and ponder our vision, your own gifts and if you can contribute in any way to the network and its work in the diocese. During our meetings the members of ‘Stream’ have come up with different areas of interest and with this letter I would like to invite you to ponder if you feel drawn to any of these areas:
·      Training in Spirituality
·      Equipping the local church    
·      Events e.g. Spirituality Feasts etc.             
·      Giving and encouraging Spiritual Accompaniment     
·      Giving and encouraging Quiet days
·      Publicity and outreach
·      Short Courses in spirituality and prayer
·      Etc. other areas you think are missing
Before coming to the network day, we would like to invite you to ponder and pray with these different areas. You might also know of somebody who would be interested. All are welcome to the meeting to ponder, pray and acknowledge our gifts. It is also important to say that there is no pressure to contribute, being part of the network is in it self a contribution and a gift.
We are hoping that the day will be a day to pray and come together to share our gifts but also to celebrate and we therefore invite you to a bring and share lunch.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Canterbury Diocese Spiritual Accompaniment Course

Are you interested in training in Spiritual Accompaniment?
Rochester and Canterbury Dioceses run a joint Spiritual Accompaniment course, which you might like to consider.
The course booklet and the application form are here.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Taize style service at St Philip & St James, Chatham

Service of contemplation in the Taize style.
 
A service of quiet with simple, reflective songs; bible reading, and space to pray. 6:30pm Sunday Sept 23rd (and Dec 16 2012, March 24th 2013). All Welcome.
 
At: St Philip and St James church, King George Road Chatham. ME5 0TZ  www.pipnjims.co.uk

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Exploring a Calling to Spiritual Accompaniment


There is a need to support both ordained and lay ministers in a deeper awareness of the presence of God in their lives, a growing discernment of God's will, and a clear link with the greater mission of God in the world.

Responding to this need, there is a Spiritual Accompaniment Programme offered jointly by Canterbury and Rochester dioceses. The aim is to develop a group of both lay and ordained practitioners who are called to this ministry to become both confident and competent in their spiritual accompaniment of others.

The next course will start in May 2013, an application form and a Programme Brochure which describes the course, with dates and venues, will be available September 2012.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Myers Briggs Follow up day

Follow up Day on Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
MBTI and Spirituality


Sept 22
11 am - 4pm
at the London Centre for Spirituality

Fee £35

This Follow-up workshop is for those who have completed the introduction to
MBTI and feel comfortable in their psychological type.
The day is for those who are working in the area of spirituality – perhaps as Spiritual
Directors or in some sort of counselling or listening capacity. There will be a short
resume of the MBTI and then move on to looking at the different components which
make up the MBTI from the point of view of spiritual gifts. Communication, prayer
preferences and finding God in new ways will be explored.
There will be opportunity for small group working – on exercises and personal
experience as well as input from Sue Wilson. Handouts are included for future
reference, as the MBTI is a life-long teacher.

More details and booking form are here.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Courses for Spiritual Directors

Details of a series of courses on Fridays for Spiritual Directors at the London Centre for Spirituality this autumn can be found in a leaflet here. 

And more general courses here. 

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Spirituality Network Newsletter

Here is the text of Susanne's latest newsletter - a printable version, with the reply slip for the day on Nov 17th at St Andrew's Edenbridge can be found here.
                                                                                               

Dear All,

As I am writing this newsletter the rain is falling outside my window, I really hope that by the time it reaches you we will have some sunshine!

Network Day  - ‘Our vision and gifts’
Since I last wrote to you all, ‘Stream’, the visioning team, has been meeting to ponder and pray about the future of the network. This time of discernment and prayer has led to the planning of our next network day:

17 November at St Andrew’s, Edenbridge, 10-14 - bring and share lunch.

We are inviting all of you to be part of this process, to pray and ponder our vision, your own gifts and if you can contribute in any way to the network and its work in the diocese. During our meetings the members of ‘Stream’ have come up with different areas of interest and with this letter I would like to invite you to ponder if you feel drawn to any of these areas:

·         Training in Spirituality
·         Equipping the local church          
·         Events e.g. Spirituality Feasts etc.           
·         Giving and encouraging Spiritual Accompaniment     
·         Giving and encouraging Quiet days
·         Publicity and outreach
·         Short Courses in spirituality and prayer
·         Etc. other areas you think are missing

Before coming to the network day, we would like to invite you to ponder and pray with these different areas. You might also know of somebody who would be interested. All are welcome to the meeting to ponder, pray and acknowledge our gifts. It is also important to say that there is no pressure to contribute, being part of the network is in it self a contribution and a gift.
We are hoping that the day will be a day to pray and come together to share our gifts but also to celebrate and we therefore invite you to a bring and share lunch.

Spirituality Blog
For those of you who are new to the network the Spirituality Network has a Spirituality Blog. The main aim of this blog is to communicate what is going on around the diocese so that people can be pointed towards opportunities for spiritual exploration and development locally - there may be something that would really feed them in a neighbouring parish, which they could join in with if only they knew it was happening. If there is something going on in your parish, either a one-off or a regular meditative service/prayer group/event, please email Anne Le Bas ajlebas@googlemail.com
with the details and she will post them on the blog. Do look at the blog on: http://rochesterspirituality.blogspot.com/ 

I would also like to encourage you to have a look at the new diocesan website where Spirituality has its own section under the Ministry and Training Department.

Course in Spiritual Direction/Accompaniment
The Course will be starting again next year in May and the publicity will be out early this autumn. If you are interested in taking part in the course please let me know and you will be sent the information as soon as it is out.


Finally, I am looking forward to seeing you in November.

Yours in Christ,


The Rev Susanne Carlsson
Coordinator of Spirituality



Thursday, 7 June 2012

Taster course in spirituality


God in all things

A ‘Taster’ Course in Spirituality

11th, 18th, 25th June, 2nd July 2012
and a Reunion on 10th September

Christchurch, Milton-next Gravesend,
Old Road East, Gravesend DA12 1NV
Cost?     £7.50 per session, or £25 for series of 5*

More details here

Myers Briggs workshop


MBTI Workshop
   *******
  Saturday  21st July
   11.00am - 4.00pm
   Led by  Sue Wilson
at
  London Centre for Spirituality
     Church of St. Edmund the King
      Lombard Street
      London EC3V 9EA

     *******

   To book your place, email:

 MBTI - Myers-Briggs Type Indicator  -  based on the theory of  C.G. Jung’s psychological types, was developed by mother and daughter Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers.

MBTI is universally used for  problem solving, team building and in spiritual practice.
It is a useful tool for identifying  our strengths and growing points and appreciating differences  between us that can become a source of misunderstanding.

Before the workshop, each participant will complete the MBTI  questionnaire.  There are NO right or wrong  answers.  It is NOT a test.  Each questionnaire is the property of the person who filled it in. 



Sue Wilson, an MBTI practitioner  for 16years, runs workshops for groups  as well as sessions for individuals and also accompanies those who are aware of their  spiritual journey.               

     Places are limited on the Introduction to MBTI Workshop   early booking is advisable.
Tel: 0208 866 7026
Fee:  £35

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Spiritual Exercises refresher course

This course, on July 7 & 8 at the London Centre for Spirituality is intended for those who already give the Spiritual Exercises.

The flyer is here


Southwark Diocese Spirituality newsletter

Southwark Diocese's Spirituality Network newsletter can be found here.
Formed by the Spirit - March 2012
There may be events which would be of interest to Rochester folk, and we would be welcome to join in with anything featured here.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Seeking the Risen Christa

This day is being run in partnership with the Rochester Theological Society
 16 March,1000 - 1600hrs at St Andrew Paddock Wood. 

Seeking the Risen Christa
During this day, we’ll explore a range of images and different associated meanings of the Christa – the female Christ-figure developed by feminist theologians and artists over the past few decades, but also reaching back into ancient Christian tradition.  We will explore the development of the idea and see what it might mean to us today, how it might challenge and inspire us.   We will particularly explore the question of why most images of the Christa have been of suffering, crucified figure, and why imaging a risen Christa may be particularly important for women and men in this time.

The day will use a range of learning methods, and draw particularly on visual images and on poetry expressing different facets of the Christa.  It will be theologically challenging and creative, and spiritually nourishing, with a reflective element.   There will be time and space for making your own individual and group responses to the material.

Nicola Slee is a poet and theologian based at the Queen’s Foundation, Birmingham.   She is the author of numerous books and articles, including Seeking the Risen Christa (SPCK, 2011) and Presiding Like a Woman (SPCK, 2010, co-edited with Stephen Burns).  Apart from her work at Queen’s, where she co-ordinates the MA in Applied Theological Studies and supervises research students, she has a wide freelance portfolio including retreat work, spiritual direction, speaking engagements and consultancy.

Free to clergy or £5 to others, bring a packed lunch.

Once you have registered online you will need to send a booking from to the Training Department. To download a form click here