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April 2021

Oasis at Lunch – for Ordinands

Friday, 16th April @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Online
£5

Simply an opportunity for those who are in vocational training to be fed. Three sessions providing an oasis in the middle of the day on a variety of themes. Session 3: An Oasis in the Easter season - I am the resurrection and the life. Do you believe this? (John 11:25) Led by: Revd Ann Coleman (Spiritual Direction Co-ordinator for Chelmsford Diocese) To book: email retreathouse@chelmsford.anglican.org

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Anxiety, Stress, Resilience and Mental Health First-Aid in Challenging Times

Saturday, 17th April @ 9:30 am - 1:45 pm
Online
£20

Join us for the first in a series of wellbeing events. For many, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a negative impact on mental health and wellbeing. Our guest speakers for this event are Nikki Schuster, Therapist, Supervisor and CEO of Renew Counselling, and Andy Campbell, Coach (Qawah Coaching), and Mental Health First Aid Trainer. They will be exploring the impact of stress, distress and anxiety; building resilience for ourselves and those around us; Mental Health First Aid and when and…

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See I am doing a New Thing

Tuesday, 20th April @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online
£10

A series of three morning sessions to explore how people have seen and found hope in these troubled times, and how this hope may resource ourselves and our communities.  Come and share in the Good News stories from Church, NHS and parish communities, and see how we are being called to be part of a 'new thing'. Each session will be a two hour Zoom meeting, from 10 am to 12 noon, consisting of corporate worship, a talk and some time…

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Oasis for the caring professions

Thursday, 22nd April @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online
£10

Simply an opportunity for those who taken such good care of all of us over the past year to be fed. Three sessions providing an oasis for reflection on a variety of themes. Sessions will be led by spiritual directors and companions with a caring background, either in the NHS or another caring profession. Sally Dilley is a retired GP and appraiser of GP's. She has just completed the course in spiritual companionship. To book: email retreathouse@chelmsford.anglican.org

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Sing to the Lord a New Song

Saturday, 24th April @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Online
£20

In times of distress the Psalms have long provided a source of encouragement. They reflect so much of our human experience whilst setting that in the context of God’s workings with creation – not avoiding the darkness by focussing on the light but enabling us to hold them together in the Divine Will. This Quiet Day will utilise psalms to guide us through Fear and Trust, Loneliness and Abandonment, and Thankfulness and Praise.  The day will begin and end in…

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May 2021

God 4 Singles – part 1: The Invitation

Saturday, 1st May @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online
£10

Whether you are unmarried, widowed, divorced, separated or just plain single, come and discover God as companion and friend. Sheila says “I will be focusing on encountering God, listening to what he has to say to us: as singles, we can often focus on what we don’t have, rather than what God is saying. The reflection and sharing time should open up possibilities to reflect on how singleness can be actually of benefit at this time. If we choose to…

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Women in the Bible 1

Wednesday, 5th May @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Online
£10

An imaginative exploration of some of the women of the New and Old Testament, their characters, their situations and their encounters with God and Jesus. Taking two characters a session, Sarah will draw lines between these women and modern day experiences. What do these women have to say to us, men and women of faith today? Sarah Wilson is a lay preacher in the URC church, works as Acting Assistant Manager at the Retreat House and broadcasts regular reflections on…

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Oasis for the caring professions

Friday, 14th May @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online
£10

Simply an opportunity for those who taken such good care of all of us over the past year to be fed. Three sessions providing an oasis for reflection on a variety of themes. Sessions will be led by spiritual directors and companions with a caring background, either in the NHS or another caring profession. Julia Sheffield  was a physiotherapist before she became ordained. She was lead Chaplain at Broomfield Hospital until retirement last year. She is a Spiritual Director and…

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God 4 Singles – Part 2: Following

Saturday, 15th May @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online
£10

Whether you are unmarried, widowed, divorced, separated or just plain single, come and discover God as companion and friend. Sheila says “I will be focusing on encountering God, listening to what he has to say to us: as singles, we can often focus on what we don’t have, rather than what God is saying. The reflection and sharing time should open up possibilities to reflect on how singleness can be actually of benefit at this time. If we choose to…

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God 4 Singles – Part 3: Meeting

Saturday, 29th May @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Online
£10

Whether you are unmarried, widowed, divorced, separated or just plain single, come and discover God as companion and friend. Sheila says “I will be focusing on encountering God, listening to what he has to say to us: as singles, we can often focus on what we don’t have, rather than what God is saying. The reflection and sharing time should open up possibilities to reflect on how singleness can be actually of benefit at this time. If we choose to…

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