Friday, 26 February 2016

Julian Meetings

The Orpington Julian Meeting is a long established group, registered with The Julian Meetings.
We meet for contemplative prayer, inspired by Julian of Norwich. Some readings and a short piece of music lead into 20 minutes of silence, followed by another piece of music, one or two more brief readings and a closing prayer. Around half a dozen people usually attend. After the formal part of the meeting we enjoy a cup of tea and a chat. Julian Meetings are ecumenical. Ours draws in members of several Orpington churches.

We usually meet on the third Tuesday of each month at 2pm. 

The venue is someone's home in Orpington, but the dates and venues are subject to slight variation according to holidays etc.
New members are always welcome.

 If you are interested in joining us please contact Vanessa Dixon on or phone 01689 851767.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Network Day - Fransican Spirituality

21 May 2016

Led by Paula Pearce

Paula is a lay Franciscan and has taught Franciscan Spiritually at the Franciscan Study Centre in Canterbury.

The day will be a study day on Franciscan Spirituality with time to reflect.
The day will include:
. Describe the beginnings of the Franciscan movement.
. Certain characteristics of the Franciscan charism.
. Aspects of Franciscan spirituality especially relevant today.

Bring your own lunch, drinks will be provided.

The day will take place at the Hospice in the Weald Maidstone Road, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 4TA

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To book contact Rev Susanne Carlsson, Diocesan Adviser for Spirituality, 07795167603

Friday, 5 February 2016

Lent opportunities at the London Centre for Spirituality

Join us for our Lent Open Soul Space Retreat Day
19 March 2006,   10am - 5pm
Cost: £40

Led by Annette Kay and Julian Maddock

In this time of Lent, a day to nourish your soul. There will be silence, stillness, personal and group meditation, and contemplative prayer - and an opportunity to develop your spiritual practice with experienced guides and facilitators. Bring a notebook and your own lunch.  Read more and book

Developing Direction - Thirsty People Drinking from a Foundation

March 4th 2016 11 - 4pm
‘Thirsty People drinking from a Fountain’ (St Ephrem of Syria)  
Revd Ann Coleman
Cost: £45

This day offers the opportunity to explore the spiritual life through the lens of metaphor as used by some of the ‘poet theologians’. It will draw on the riches of the Scriptures and the Christian tradition in a way which breaks open the text and enlarges the heart. The day aims to deepen our own knowledge and understanding in a way which will enrich the ministry of spiritual direction.

Ann has recently retired as Assistant Dean of St Mellitus College where she taught Christian spirituality. She is now House for Duty priest in Doddinghurst  in Chelmsford Diocese where  she is involved in the ministry of spiritual direction and chairs the spiritual direction co-ordinating group. She is a Trustee at the London Centre of Spirituality and of the Association for Promoting Retreats. Read more and book.

Chaplain and Spirituality Adviser Wanted - Job Advert

The London Diocese are hiring a Chaplain/Spirituality Adviser who will be based here at the London Spirituality Centre one-third of their time.  If you are interested in this position, please go to the job advert. Application Deadline is the 15th February 2016. (note: please direct all enquires about this position to the Diocese using the contact information in the job advert)

All Kinds of Ways of Praying

All Kinds of Ways of Praying
Led by Rosey Feuell
Monday evenings
6 – 8.30pm
Cost of the course is £80 for either part 1 or part 2 and £140 for the whole course.

Part 1 - Lent: Mondays 22, 29 February, 7,14 March 2016
Part 2 -  June 6,13, 20, 27 June, 2016

This Course is designed for people who may be familiar with traditional prayer times and methods, but would like to be more adventurous and creative in their approach and possible follow-up activities, relating prayer to their own needs and personal expression.
In this Course you will experiment with many different ways of praying - all of which are flexible and allow scope for you to include areas and materials important to your particular way of life and calling. An important aim is to provide varied opportunities for you to develop your own “spiritual self-expression” and individual style(s) of prayer.

The Course will:
• offer a combination of solitary and group work
• invite discussion and sharing to the extent you feel comfortable
• provide reflective and non-interpretative approaches
• encourage you to grow in prayer

The Course is open to people of all Christian traditions, those of other faith groups, and any who are seeking refreshment and greater depth in their prayer. It could be especially helpful to those who work with individuals and/or small groups where conventional prayer sessions are less appropriate. It could also offer ideas and inspiration for those alongside people with particular needs or interests as many approaches can be adapted to a variety of occasions.

The Course is divided into two separate parts, with two months between parts, to allow time for participants to develop some of their discoveries over Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost, in both private and public prayer activity.

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The Church of St Edmund, the home to the Spirituality Centre is open from Monday to Friday from 10.30am to 4.00pm offering a peaceful and contemplative resource.

There are quiet areas for reading and prayer; second hand books for sale; and refreshments.