Week of Guided Prayer 2021
- Opening Meeting: Sunday 21 February 4.30–5.30 pm
- Meetings with your prayer guide: Monday 22nd – Friday 26th (each meeting is 30 mins. at a time convenient for you and your guide)
- Closing Meeting: Friday 26th February 5–6 pm
The Week will be led by Steve Hoyland, and he will also offer three workshops on prayer in the evenings:
Workshop 1 Monday 7-8pm Ways of Praying 1 - Using the imagination
Workshop 2 Tuesday 7-8pm Ways of Praying 2 - Reviewing the day (The Examen)
Workshop 3 Wednesday 7-8pm Ways of Praying 3 - Praying with art
A Week of Guided Prayer is an opportunity to:
- Take time out
- Deepen your relationship with God
- Explore new ways of praying
- Find help with any kind of decision
- Discover who you really are
What is a Week of Guided Prayer?
It is a daily time of prayer (aiming at 30 minutes) and daily half-hour individual meeting with an experienced prayer guide.
Who is it for?
Anyone who is already Christian and who wants to deepen their prayer life, or someone who is not sure what they believe but is willing to take a risk and seriously explore the reality of God. Either way, it is for any searching person willing to commit to the elements of the week.
What is the programme?
As well as trying to pray for half-an-hour each day, reviewing how that prayer time went and 4 or 5 meetings with your prayer guide, the other components of the week are introductory and closing meetings to top and tail the week.
Why do it?
When we are generous, God is more so. Even people who only took part because they felt sorry for their chaplain have got a lot out of the week. We encounter a God who loves and calls us. It can also be a great help in making or confirming decisions, big or small.
How much does it cost?
For students and staff it is free – we think it is so important that the chaplaincy is subsidising it.
Will it affect my studies or work?
Yes and no. You’ll be slightly busier that week because of these extra demands, hence the need to be generous. The retreat runs alongside your normal week, however, so you won’t miss any lectures, seminars or housework responsibilities. But you may need to spend less time on facebook, going out, watching TV, etc. in order to make the space for prayer.
But I don’t know how to pray?
Join the club! Not a problem. That’s a great start. Come and see!
Will I be asked to do anything embarrassing?
No, you won’t be asked to do anything embarrassing. The week is challenging enough. In the group sessions there is usually some discussion and simple sharing.
How do I sign up?
As soon as you know you want to participate complete the form below. It helps the organisers to know how many are taking part as soon as possible. We can still sometimes take people right up to the start of the retreat.
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