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April 2018

Stepping Out – Transforming Discipleship

Friday, 27th April @ 6:00 pm - Sunday, 29th April @ 2:00 pm
£146 - £160

Discipleship is the predominant theme and challenge for the church of Christ in a changing world. Jesus’ first and simplest command was and remains - “Follow me”. How do we know the way? What are the limits? Which boundaries must we cross? What is the Kingdom of God? These are just some of the discipleship questions we will explore together.   Bishop Peter Hill is currently serving as the Bishop of Barking. He is currently one of the team of…

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May 2018

Living with…Poverty

Saturday, 5th May @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Please bring a packed lunch. A Quiet Day for anyone wrestling with poverty or for those who provide support. We don’t want cost to be a barrier for anyone attending. There are a number of subsidised places available. Please contact the office for information. Revd Chris Howson – Church Action on Poverty   Follow this link to download a Booking Form.

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Open Day

Monday, 7th May @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Come and visit the Retreat House and gardens, have lunch outside (weather permitting) and enjoy the many craft stalls (some new for this year) that we have invited along for the day.

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Rediscovering Sabbath in our lives

Tuesday, 22nd May @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

May I take a little poetic licence? Mark 2. 27 .... The sabbath was made to meet the needs of man ....... Sabbath is more an attitude than a day of the week. Today we have an opportunity to explore and experience stillness.   Magdalen Houlihan retired from teaching and is engaged in promoting silent prayer and supporting those entering into the regular daily practice of this prayer of quiet. “Some of us seem to stumble upon Silent Prayer. We…

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June 2018

Evelyn Underhill Events

Thursday, 14th June @ 7:00 pm - Sunday, 17th June @ 2:00 pm

Three separate events that can be booked individually or as a focused retreat on Evelyn Underhills work. 14th June 7:00pm - Evelyn Underhill Talk 15th June - Evelyn Underhill Day, leading into... 15th - 17th June - A Retreat with Evelyn Underhill See the separate event details following.   Follow this link to download a Booking Form.

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Evelyn Underhill Talk

Thursday, 14th June @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The role Evelyn Underhill played as a Retreat Leader.   Val Thompson is a retired teacher and works as a Spiritual Director in the Chelmsford Diocese and is currently studying for an M.A. in Christian Spirituality at Sarum College.   Follow this link to download a Booking Form.

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Evelyn Underhill Quiet Day

Friday, 15th June @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

A weekend, starting with a Quiet Day, reflecting on the life and work of Evelyn Underhill as a help to Christian living today.   Revd Barry Orford, following many years of working with students in Oxford, is now the Guild Vicar of St Dunstan-in-the-West in Fleet Street.   Follow this link to download a Booking Form.

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A Retreat with Evelyn Underhill

Friday, 15th June @ 6:00 pm - Sunday, 17th June @ 2:00 pm
£146 - £160

Continuing the Evelyn Underhill weekend led by Revd Barry Orford.   Follow this link to download a Booking Form.

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Trees – Images for Life (Painting & Prayer Retreat)

Monday, 25th June @ 6:00 pm - Sunday, 1st July @ 2:00 pm
£385 - £420

We will reflect on Christ the tree and the ways in which trees can inform our spiritual lives. Our painting need not be confined to trees, but they do make an excellent study. Tutor: Jackie Ball - Since her retirement from teaching Physics, Jackie has been able to devote more time to her long-standing passion for more creative pursuits, particularly drawing and painting. She also enjoys gardening, choral singing and cooking lunch each week for a local charity which helps…

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July 2018

Garden Quiet Day

Thursday, 12th July @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Reflections on garden encounters in scripture, from the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Garden of the Resurrection.  There will also be plenty of time to enjoy Pleshey's garden under the expert guidance of Val. Revd Ruth Patten is a priest and musician, and is currently the incumbent of two parishes not far from Pleshey, Great Dunmow and Barnston.  Whilst not "green-fingered" herself, she loves spending time in a variety of gardens - from the unkempt…

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