Prayer and Spirituality
The Diocesan Spirituality Adviser is responsible for the development of spirituality training events, overseeing the spiritual direction network, co-ordinating the diocesan programme of Weeks of Guided Prayer, and developing spiritual resources.
For enquiries relating to Spiritual Direction, please call 01522 50 40 39.
You can find out more about the diocesan policy and framework for Spiritual Direction here.
For general information about Spiritual Direction, please click here.
The College of St Hugh
Exploring Prayer, Spirituality and Creativity
We run a regular programme of events and training days. A previous programme included:
- Mindfulness and the Christian Spiritual tradition
- Lectio Divina - an introduction
- Running a Quiet Day.
The Diocese of Lincoln is blessed by the ministry of the Edenham Retreat House and Meeting Place. The House provides opportunities for retreat, prayer, spiritual refreshment and learning as well as many other things. Please follow the link below to find out more.
Quiet Spaces Directory
Our Quiet Spaces Directory lists over 30 venues in or around the diocese that are suitable for quiet days or similar events. The online copy is here, with a supplement to this document available here.
Inspiration from Local Saints in the book – “Furthering Holiness”
Former Bishop of Lincoln Christopher Lowson wrote:
“Looking at the lives evoked in this book, I am encouraged and challenged. These stories are a reminder of something we have always known: that God calls ordinary people to be his disciples and saints. It is not God’s way to recruit via a talent show like the X Factor. God’s way is to take the ordinary and transform it into the extraordinary. He does this when he takes the bread and wine of the Eucharist and transforms it into the Body and Blood of his Son; when he takes water from the tap and turns it into the life-giving waters of baptism; when he takes oil we might cook with and turns it into the oil of new life, healing and gladness. Jesus did this when he chose his first disciples. The implication for us quite clear: God wants to transform each one of us into the likeness of Christ.”
We can learn much from these holy women and men of Lincolnshire.
Printed copies of Furthering Holiness are available upon request from email@example.com
Look out for the new Introduction from Bishop Stephen which will soon accompany this book.
What is a Week of Guided Prayer?
A Week of Guided Prayer provides an opportunity to reflect on our personal relationship with God, and how the call of Christ is at work in our daily life. It invites us to explore new ways of praying, supported by a guide experienced in this ministry. It is a time for encouragement and renewal, for learning and exploring. The Holy Spirit is the guide for all that happens and all those taking part, guides and participants, find themselves bound together in a mutual awareness of the Spirit, ‘the source of our lives’ directing our course.
How does it work?
During the ‘week’, a period of five days – Monday to Friday, each participant makes a commitment to a ½ hour’s prayer a day – as discussed with their prayer guide at a one-to-one daily meeting, which will last no longer than 40 minutes. The week begins and ends with a gathering for all those involved. The daily meeting with the prayer guide is crucial – allowing the retreatant to share their experience in prayer and to discern the next step on the journey through the week. The prayer guides arrange to meet at a time that is convenient for you, and, in the final meeting, together, you review the past week and look forward, discerning how to continue your walk with Christ.
Labyrinth Project and Prayer Banners
We have three canvas labyrinths available for loan free of charge for use in churches, schools, at festivals, etc.
You can find the Labyrinth Support Pack here, and can book one by contacting the College of St Hugh.
We also have a range of large prayer banners designed by the Lindisfarne Scriptorium, which are available for loan, free of charge.
Please click here for a leaflet about them. To enquire about booking these resources, contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01522 452040.