Friday, 13 January 2012

Bishop's Quiet Days for Lent

Bishop James, the Bishop of Rochester, will be leading some Quiet Days during Lent to which all are welcome.

He writes:
These are intended for anybody, lay or ordained, who wishes to spend some hours with me in reflection and prayer during Lent. I will be offering broadly the same material and programme at six different venues as indicated below, and hope that these days will offer some spiritual nourishment and encouragement as we seek to be faithful to Christ in our daily lives.

Each Quiet Day will begin at 10.30am (with arrivals from 10.00am) and will end around 3.30pm. The Quiet Day will include times of shared worship, some addresses by me and space for personal prayer and reflection. The overall theme for my addresses will be ‘Home Thoughts from Abroad’; my intention is to offer some reflections around scriptural themes of home and belonging, and especially how we nourish ourselves spiritually for life ‘at home’ in a world which we may often experience as being ‘abroad’, that is strange and unfamiliar. Using different language, this might be about the tension of living in the here and now, while also nurturing the life of the Spirit within us.

The dates and venues for the Quiet Days are as follows:
  • Saturday 25th February at St Barnabas, Joydens Wood
  • Thursday 1st March at St Peter’s, Pembury (Upper Church)
  • Monday 5th March at St Martin’s, Chelsfield
  • Monday 12th March at St John’s, Meopham
  • Saturday 17th March at Bromley College (Rochester Spirituality Network Lent Quiet Day)
  • Friday 23rd March at St John’s, Hildenborough

There is no charge for attendance, though people are asked to bring their own packed lunch – tea/coffee will be provided. Numbers will be limited to 50 at each venue in the first instance, and booking will be on a first-come basis.
Booking is by e-mail or telephone to Jenny Churcher at Bishopscourt – or 01634 842721.

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