Saturday, 14 March 2015

News from the London Spirituality Centre

Ringing the Changes

Changes at The Centre: Update from Robin Hepburn, Chair of the London Spirituality Centre
Dear all,

Thank you all for your support and patience over the past few months.  In this time of change, I wanted to give everyone who is involved with the London Spirituality Centre a quick update on where we are. We've had some changes in the last few months; first with saying goodbye to our Director, Mark Godson and then farewell to our Events & Marketing administrator, Elizabeth LeMoine. I’m  now  pleased that we can now say hello to Beth Follini (photo below)  who following a great response to our advert, has been appointed as Elizabeth’s successor. This is her first week and her first newsletter, so please do pass any feedback to her. Beth has had a strong connection to the centre as a regular user of the practice rooms so she knows her way around.   She is looking forward to taking on the big responsibility for marketing our events and for marketing the work of the Centre.   She will be in on Monday and Friday and I'm sure you will all join me in making her feel welcome.

In addition to Beth, Catherine Chapman continues to be a cornerstone of the team here; although primarily responsible for room bookings and for finance, she is a fount of knowledge on most aspects of what we do. Whilst we are without a Director, Catherine is shouldering a big workload so I would be grateful if you could do all you can to make her job easier. Day to day we also have huge help from Helen and Tanya who are the front of house volunteers and who do so much to make all our visitors welcome.

Following Mark’s departure the Trustees for the Centre have chosen to pause rather than rush out to seek a new Director. During this time, I have been asked to take help with leadership on a day to day basis, and to help me do this, I have asked John-Francis Friendship, Julian Maddock and Antonia Lynn, together with occasional involvement of Julie Dunstan, to join me in forming a leadership team.

Together we are ensuring that the usual activities and events continue unabated, and we are also giving some thought to future development of the Centre. I have had the chance to speak to many people in recent weeks, but if you have not yet spoken to me and would like to do so, please let me know.

Over the coming months there will be much to share. The Centre is in good heart but there is also much to do. Above all this place is about the life of prayer, so if you can only manage one thing for the Centre this week, please can you pray for the work going on here, the people involved and the shaping of plans for the future.

Thank you for your continuing interest and support for the London Spirituality Centre.

With warmest wishes,



Free Lunchtime Concerts

We are fortunate to have two lunchtime concerts in next few weeks.  Although the concerts are free, we invite participants to book their places in advance.  Feel free to bring your lunch to enjoy while listening to the music.

Free Lunch Time Concert - Guildhall School of Music.
Wednesday 18th March, 1 - 2pm

Book your place here

Free Lunchtime Concert
The Seven Last Words from the Cross
by Joseph Haydn

Doors open at 1pm for 1:10pm concert
This beautiful work by Haydn, performed last Easter at the Centre to a very appreciative audience, is becoming an Easter tradition at the Centre.  Book your place here

Upcoming events

Open Soul Space 2015: drop in!
Monday 13 April 2015, 5.45-7.30pm
Led by Annette Kaye and Julian Maddock

The sessions offer participants a way to explore and deepen their prayer practice. Although offered in a Christian context, it is open to anyone of any faith wishing to explore and discover. Read more and book

Introduction to MBTI with Sue Wilson
Four consecutive Thursdays beginning 16 April

Includes the cost of Myers-Briggs questionnaires and assessment by Sue Wilson

Sue Wilson's workshops provide an introduction to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a system of psychometric questions designed to measure psychological preferences that determine how people perceive the world and make decisions. This is the prerequisite to Sue Wilson's workshops for those working in Spiritual Guidance.  Read more and book

Praying with Scripture (Part Two) - with Rosey Feuell
4, 11, 18 & 25 June

This course is especially designed for people who think they cannot pray very well and who want to pray more easily. 
Part One is not a pre-requisite for joining Part Two. The  focuses of these four sessions will be on: Using Imagination and Senses; Writing or Drawing your prayer; Writing after Prayer; Devising Prayer Tasks for yourself or someone else.  For more information and to book please go here

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