2019 Programme

To book your place on any of these events please leave a voicemail message on 020 8449 6648 or email cockfosterscs@rcdow.org.uk
We’ll be adding additional events through the year, so please check the website or let us know if you would like to receive updates by email.  You can also request a poster size version of the programme for a noticeboard.


6th July, 10 am – 4 pm

Living with Dying and End of Life Care

Spirituality in modern day Britain is frequently thought of as private or personal, something that gives focus to our inner world, or which we may choose to share with like-minded people.  But Scripture does not share this perspective, frequently nudging us to bring our inner and outer worlds together.  “Faith that is not accompanied by action is dead,” James reminds us (James 2: 14-18).  Living a life of faith pulls us to the edges, asking us to move beyond our comfort zone.  Being alongside the dying and the bereaved is one such important expression of living our faith.  But exhortations alone are not enough.  What do I do?  How do I sit with people who are dying, or are bereaved?  What do I say?  What should I not say or do?  This session seeks practical ways of bridging our inner spiritual instincts with practical skills that build confidence in being with people at the end of life, or with their friends and loved ones following a death

Laurence McGonnell has been Patient & Family Support Manager at North London Hospice for the last eleven years, and is Hospice Lead for Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy.  He provides Spiritual Care education for staff and volunteers across the Hospice organisation, and supports patients and family members on a daily basis. A registered counsellor and psychotherapist, before joining the Hospice Laurence also spent time training students for pastoral Ministry.


14th September, 10 am – 4 pm

Introduction to Christian Meditation

Josie von Zitzewitz has been meditating for 20 years and is the coordinator of the World Community for Christian Meditation Young Meditators in London, as well as 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

Poetry Evening

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!

To book your place on any of these events please leave a voicemail message on 020 8449 6648 or email cockfosterscs@rcdow.org.uk

Let us know if you would like to receive details by e-mail or to request a poster size version of the programme.

Ignatian Retreats

If you are seeking a longer guided retreat, the Chemin Neuf community have an extensive and regular programme of one day and week long retreats at Sclerder Abbey in Cornwall,  and Storrington Priory in Sussex.
You can find full details on their website here, or you can email directly using  retreatsuk@chemin-neuf.org

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