Saturday 6th June 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
The lockdown has created opportunities to slow down and come closer to Jesus. We are praying more together in groups and as churches. A half-day Retreat offers another way of encountering Jesus, both together and alone.
This retreat will be held on “Zoom”. The idea is to provide some structure and content for personal prayer and seeking God, one to one time in God’s presence, plus time together to share, worship and reflect.
The retreat is aimed to be accessible to anyone from any of our churches to participate, not just ministers or leaders. Those who are seeking faith and not yet followers of Christ are also welcome.
The Retreat will start at 9.30 am and will involve some time together via “Zoom” and time in between on our own, finishing at 12.30 pm. There will be two themes:
- Taking time to look and listen, to encounter God in the slower pace of life and the familiar surroundings of home.
- Praying the Pentecost story using Acts 2 as a passage from which to use the imagination and to allow God to speak through his word to us.
Together/Alone is a good way of taking a prayer retreat. The together times help provide some focus and framework, together with the encouragement of sharing in a small group. The alone periods give you an opportunity to take more time than is usually possible in God’s presence, to be open to experiencing him one to one.
For those who have not taken a prayer retreat before the “alone” time can be challenging. Here are a few suggestions that might help:
- Find a place where you can be quiet, somewhere to sit comfortably,
- Imagine Jesus being present with you (because he is)
- Speak directly to Jesus, ask him to take you wherever he wants you to go
- Tell him about the things on your mind and heart
- Enjoy the fact that he is close to you
On a practical note:
- Have your Bible handy, when you are reading a passage, focus on a particular verse that speaks to you, ask Jesus to take you further into its meaning for you
- Be ready to capture what you are experiencing in writing
- If your mind wanders bring it back to Jesus, he is taking this time to be with you
- If you are tired then rest, don’t feel you have to “do” or “achieve” anything
- At the end of your time alone reflect on what has been life giving, and thank Jesus for taking time to be with you
There will be an opportunity to share together in groups of three or four in ‘breakout rooms’ at the end of the “alone” times. Always stay well within your comfort zone when sharing and pray for each other.
How to take part
Book your place by emailing Paul Revill at email@example.com
Your email booking verification will contain the links and access details needed to attend the Online Retreat.