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September 2018

Useful information for Retreats and Quiet Days

Saturday, 1st September, 2018 - Tuesday, 31st December, 2019

Prices shown represent shared facility / ensuite rooms. Quiet Days – arrival is from 9:30am for a 10:00am start. Lunch is normally provided and the day finishes around 4:00pm with Tea/Coffee and biscuits. Retreats – arrival is from 5:00pm on the first day – unless by prior agreement. The welcome session starts 30 minutes before supper on the first evening. Departure is by 2:00pm at the latest on the final day. Morning Prayers are led by our Chaplains at 9:00am with…

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Finding God in the wonder and reality of life

Tuesday, 25th September @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

The hope is that this day encourages you to practise connecting with God in different ways and have a deeper appreciation of him in every walk of life. Revd Jackie Sams is Associate Minister at St Margaret's Colchester and also a Spiritual Director. She has discovered that life flows best if she connects with God in every aspect of life and let doing flow from being in Him. Follow this link to download a Booking Form.

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October 2018

Every place is hallowed ground

Thursday, 11th October @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

“Every place is hallowed ground” is a line written by the Olney Poet William Cowper and in this Quiet Day Jonathan will seek to use verse from Cowper and others to celebrate how, in Gerard Manley Hopkins words “the world is charged with the grandeur of God”.  There will be an opportunity for prayer and Eucharist. Ven Jonathan Smith serves as Archdeacon of St Albans.  He was first introduced to Pleshey at a Parish Weekend for Waltham Abbey where he…

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Celtic Reflections

Saturday, 20th October @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

An opportunity to spend time reflecting on God's word and creation with an influence from the early Celtic church. Revd Graham Dowling is the Vicar of St Patricks, Barking. Since early 2017 he has also fulfilled the role as Chaplain at The House of Retreat, leading a team of approximately 16 day chaplains. Follow this link to download a Booking Form.

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Icons as a Focus for Prayer

Tuesday, 30th October @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Quiet Day will be an opportunity to learn about the purpose of icons and using them as a focus for prayer.  In particular, we will focus on the Retreat Association icon of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. Revd Barry Preece, a retired priest living in Kent, is Chair of the Retreat Association and the Association for Promoting Retreats and a former Spirituality Adviser for the Diocese of Guildford.  He continues to lead Quiet Days and Retreats,…

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November 2018

Reflections for Advent

Thursday, 29th November @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Which direction are we approaching Christmas from, and how lightly are we travelling? Ven Robin King is the Archdeacon of Stansted and was vicar of three villages in Suffolk before that.  He is married to Katharine (also ordained) and they have two grown up sons. Follow this link to download a Booking Form.

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December 2018

Sing for Joy – Christmas Sing Day

Saturday, 1st December @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Open to all who enjoy celebrating Christmas in song. If you play a musical instrument, please bring it with you. The day also includes a festive lunch. Lauren Talbot is a worship leader at St Stephens Church in Twickenham as well as Head of RE at a large secondary school. This will be the 2nd year Lauren has joined with us for this day. Follow this link to download a Booking Form.

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February 2019

Let all Creation Sing

Wednesday, 20th February, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

A quiet day reflecting on Psalm 148, who God is and our place within the wider community of creation. Dr Ruth Valerio is Tearfund's Global Advocacy and Influencing Director. Her group mobilises churches around the world to tackle poverty and injustice by pushing for change at a governmental and institutional level. An in-demand speaker and author, Ruth lives in Chichester with her family, where she is a member of Revelation Church. Download a Booking Form by clicking on Event Title…

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March 2019

Living with…life limiting illness

Saturday, 2nd March, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Reflections on living with a life-limiting illness; physically, emotionally and spiritually interspersed with personal reflective activities. The day will include: opening and closing prayer; recollections and experiences of people living with illness; how memories and stories provide emotional support; the spiritual aspects of dying and facing death such as faith, hope, peace and forgiveness; quiet time for personal reflection, prayer and response. Whether you are a minister, pastoral worker, someone living with a life-limiting illness or the family of someone…

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Joining the Song of Creation… (Lent Quiet Day)

Tuesday, 5th March, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

…exploring St Francis’ Canticle of the Creatures. Towards the end of his life, Francis of Assisi composed his great song of praise, which encompasses not just the beauty but also the brokenness of the world. In this Quiet Day in the first week of Lent we’ll be reflecting on how even the more difficult experiences of our lives and of the world can be integrated and transformed. Brother Samuel is a member of the Society of St Francis, an Anglican…

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