14th September, 10 am – 4 pm
Introduction to Christian Meditation
Meditation – contemplative silence – is found in every major religious tradition. For Christians, it is rooted in the teaching of Jesus on prayer and a long tradition that begins with the desert fathers that has been revived in the 20th century by teachers such as John Main OSB. This day provides a practical introduction to meditation as taught by the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM), an overview of the tradition and plenty of time for questions.
Josie von Zitzewitz has been meditating for 20 years and is an oblate of the WCCM. She is also an academic teaching Russian literature and a keen runner who practices yoga.
9th, 16th and 23rd October, 7 pm – 9 pm
The Psalms in Life and Faith
A three part Bible study series exploring the rich and diverse nature of the Psalms, their relevance to our faith, our worship and our daily lives and why they are so important to so many people even in 2019!
Rev. Alan Combes is a Methodist Minister. He trained ecumenically on an Anglican / Methodist programme at Wesley House in Cambridge and before his call worked for twenty-five years as an engineer and teacher.
8th November, 7 pm – 9 pm
Join us for a relaxing and inspiring evening of poetry, to move your heart and spirit.
16th November, 10 am – 4 pm
Praying without words
There are many ways of praying with Scripture – many of them focusing on the words themselves. Sometimes, though it is good to allow the Word to speak to us in different ways – through music – through our imaginations – our senses – our silences. This session will explore some of the ways in which we can pray the Word with few, if any, words.
Kathryn Turner is Head of Department for Spirituality for the Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. She has a particular interest in helping people to engage with the Word of God using ideas that may surprise and inspire them in ways they may never have expected!