The Archbishop of Canterbury invited Trustees of the APR to Lambeth recently, for a conversation about how to better promote retreats throughout the Church of England. It was a very positive meeting. Archbishop Justin spoke both of his enthusiasm for encouraging prayer, and of his support the work of the APR as we promote the benefits of both retreats and Quiet Days, and support the work of Retreat Houses across the country, and beyond. In particular, he emphasised the value to everyone in ministry of taking regular time out to nurture their own relationships with God, saying that, ‘Evangelism or witness can only be genuine when it comes from an overflow of the love of God’.
Autumn Soul – A day to go deeper. Thursday 24 October
A labyrinth day retreat led by Brian Draper, writer, broadcaster and experienced retreat guide. Bothy 5, Wigwam Retreat Centre, near Diss, Norfolk
Brian writes, “We always have such a mellow and fruitful time at the Wigwam. We’ll make space to quieten our chattering minds, to let the Spirit lead and the soul respond. We’ll let the silence speak, and we’ll explore, very gently, the mysteries of the autumn season, which Parker Palmer describes as ‘real and colourful, fruitful and whole’.”
Cost: £35 including light lunch and teas/coffees (concessions available for those on low incomes).
A flyer with further details and a booking form is available to download here, by email from email@example.com, or by post by telephoning 020-8491-0222.
The APR website is expanding, with a range of new resources soon to be available – the first of these are already published under the tab, ‘Signposts for Spiritual Growth’. These ‘signposts’ direct readers to a wealth of top-quality pages across the internet, concerning all aspect of prayer, spiritual formation, and growth in faith.
The pages, ‘Encountering Spirituality’, will be a virtual library of documents exploring both traditional spiritualities, contemporary role models and ‘life moments and transitions’, and are due to be published soon. Later this year, we will also be publishing a ‘Marketing Tool-Kit for Retreat Centres/Houses’.