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Exploring faith together during the new year

07 December 2017

A series of events to explore prayer, spirituality and creativity will take place during 2018...

Ignatian Spirituality

A day with Margaret Silf

Saturday, 17th March 2018 (10.30am – 3.30pm) at Lincoln Cathedral Centre

Margaret Silf is an ecumenical Christian, committed to working across and beyond the denominational divides. For most of her working life she was employed in the computer industry and recently left paid employment to devote herself to writing and accompanying others on their spiritual journey. Her books include Landmarks  An Ignatian Journey, Taste and See – Adventuring into Prayer, Wayfaring – A Gospel Journey into Life (all published by DLT), and Sacred Spaces – Stations on a Celtic Way (Lion). 

There is no charge for this day and lunch is provided, but it is essential that you book in advance. Margaret Silf is a popular writer and we are expecting high demand for places for this day.

Contact Canon Stephen Hoy to book your place on 01522 52 56 21 or by email.


A creative day in Holy Week

Led by the Revd Annabel Barber

Monday, 26th March 2018 (10am – 3.30pm) at Waddington Parish Church

What does it mean to be made in the image of God?
Our creativity is one of God’s greatest gifts to us. This Monday afternoon in Holy Week is a chance for us to spend some time in a creative space. You can choose to bring your own creative project to work on in fellowship with others: knitting, sewing, writing, painting or any other art. There will also be an opportunity to work on your own collage project inspired by the Peace and Justice embroideries on display.

But I’m not creative…
Many people never get the chance to explore their creativity, but we all make creative choices every day, about what we wear, the colour we paint our houses, etc. Being creative is part of what it means to be human, but we need encouragement, inspiration and sometimes some ideas to spark our imagination.

But what I do won’t be very good…
This is not an art competition, but a way of spending some time in Holy Week with God, being creative. After all: ‘And God saw all that he had made, and it was very good’ (Genesis 1.31).

OK, so what next?
It would help if we knew how many people are hoping to come, so to book please phone the Revd Annabel Barber on 01522 72 13 06. There is no charge for this creative afternoon but you must book in advance.


Small Giants: Saints in the Carmelite tradition

Led by the Revd Liz Brown

Monday, 14th May 2018 (10.30am – 3.30pm) at St Luke’s Church Birchwood, Lincoln

An opportunity to explore and reflect on Carmelite spirituality through the life and teaching of St John of the Cross and St Thérèse of Lisieux. The day will make use of some of the wisdom of these two spiritual writers to explore the Love-centred charism of the Carmelite tradition.

There is no charge for this day, but you must book in advance. Please bring a packed lunch.

Contact Canon Stephen Hoy to book your place on 01522 52 56 21 or by email.


Exploring Silence: The Heart of Prayer

A day with Alison Woolley

Wednesday, 25th July 2018 (10.30am – 3.30pm) at Edward King House, Lincoln

Alison Woolley is the director of the Seeds of Silence project and has done extensive research into how silence is used and experienced, both in prayer and in everyday living.

‘We all have times when our prayer feels dry or it’s difficult to be attentive to God. This experiential workshop will encourage you to explore how silence can deepen your relationship with God, with yourself and with others. We will think about what we mean by ‘silence’, glimpse into Christianity’s history of silence-based prayer, try out ideas for developing your own practices of silence and clarify some confusions of language around silence-based prayer. There will be a creative activity, discussion in pairs, small groups and in plenary, some exploratory writing, and a closing period of worship all together. The ideas in this workshop are rooted in my own discipline of silence and findings from my PhD research about silence in the lives of Christian women today. Suitable for people who have little experience of silence-based prayer and also those with some experience and who want to find out more’.

There is no charge for this day and lunch is provided, but it is essential that you book in advance.

Contact Canon Stephen Hoy to book your place on 01522 52 56 21 or by email.