A retreat on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne 2nd-4th March 2020
Led by Jane Franklin, Spiritual Director and Voyager with the Community of Aidan and Hilda, this retreat will give an opportunity to explore the Feminine nature of God through Scripture and beyond, then respond in reflection and creative activities.
More details can be found by downloading the flyer here. It will cost £250, and can be booked by contacting email@example.com.
A Quiet Day led by APR President, Rt Revd John Stroyan, at the Meditatio Centre, St Marks Church, London EC1R 1XX
Saturday 7th December, from 10.30am to 4.00pm. (Cost £30, concessions £20, booking is essential)
Bishop John will lead a day of reflection and silent prayer on starting again with God and with others. Drawing on the rich Christian traditions of both east and west, the reflections will be based on his recently published book, Turned by Divine Love, which evokes fresh praying and thinking about all the key relationships in our lives, beginning with God.
You can book online following the link, www.meditatiocentrelondon.org/book-online, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by telephoning 020 7278 2070.
The AGM took place on Wednesday 30th October at the Red Hill Christian Centre, Snitterfield, Stratford upon Avon.
Led by the President, Bishop John Stroyan, and supported by 15 Trustees and other APR Members, it was a day full of fellowship, prayer, good conversation and even some business! The 2019 AGM Minutes are now available to be downloaded, along with the Annual Report and Accounts 2019 (just click on these links).
Maggie Hilditch is a painter, craftmaker & art trainer, based in Liverpool. Maggie has many years experience in facilitating and leading creative workshops & retreats in various settings, including schools, churches, theatres, health facilities and retreat centres.
You can find out more by downloading her brochure here, or by visiting her website www.maggiehilditch.net.
For inquiries, please call 07969368070 or email email@example.com
How about trying something completely different this autumn? Kate Green offers week-long creative retreats in your own home. She says, ‘No art experience is needed, just a willingness to explore and experiment’. She can be contacted on 07886 809247, or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org, or do take a look at her website, www.katecgreen.wordpress.com
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’.
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’.
The APR autumn retreat, held at St. Columba’s House, Woking from 6-8 November, was a refreshing and prayerful event, attended by 16 people from across the UK. Lavishly illustrating his words with a range of colourful and engaging icons, Bishop John invited participants into a deeper and more intimate relationship with God. He also drew inspiration from writers as diverse as St Augustine and the Desert Fathers, St Thérèse of Liseaux, C.S. Lewis and Jean Vanier.
The retreat was punctuated with meditative and prayerful services in the spacious chapel at St Columba’s, and both the food and accommodation at St Columba’s were excellent. Even the vibrant autumn colours of the trees in and around the grounds contributed to what was a really meaningful and profound experience.
A full review of the Retreat, Take off your Shoes - A Review, can be found by clicking here.
It was a most enjoyable AGM at Holland House (Worcs) last month. APR President, Bishop John Stroyan, celebrated the Eucharist for member and Trustees in the beautiful chapel, and he also chaired the meeting.
There is much to look forward to with the APR in coming months, from the Conference for Diocesan Spiritual Advisers in April, to a members retreat in November… Read the Minutes of the meeting for yourselves by clicking on the link:
AGM Minutes 2017
We are pleased to announce that the Rt Revd John Stroyan, Bishop of Warwick, has been appointed as our new President.
Bishop John succeeds the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark, who came to the end of his term of office at the end of 2016.