Our Spirituality Day 2018 will be held on Tuesday, 16th October 09:30 - 15:30 at St Thomas Brampton, Chesterfield, S40 3AW.
The day will offer a marketplace of stalls and a choice of workshops.
We have a wide-ranging mix of groups attending which will include the World Community for Christian Meditation; the Third Order of the Society of St Francis; the Julian Group; Café Writers; Sozein Trust; Focolare; Inclusive Church; the Royal School of Church Music; Derby Diocese Spirituality Group; Diocese of Derby Vocations Team; Harlequin Arts; Whirlow Spirituality Centre; The Mothers Union; Contemplative Outreach and Derby Intercessors. Derby Cathedral Bookshop will also be present.
The morning session will start with the opportunity to network over tea, coffee and a pastry at 9.30 am, and the day will formally open with Welcome and Worship at 10 am.
There will be three workshop streams where you can choose from 11 different workshops (see below).
Drinks are provided at break times. Please bring a packed lunch - or you can order a lunch from the café at the St Thomas Centre on arrival.
There is no charge for the day but a collection plate will be available if you would like to make a contribution to help with the costs of this event.
Car parking is available but please car share wherever possible.
The day will end at approx 3.30 pm.
This event - ‘The Morley Gathering’ - is being organised by the Diocesan Spirituality Group, which promotes prayer and spirituality locally and helps people explore, develop and deepen their own spirituality, prayer life and relationship with God.
It brings together many of the groups and organisations operating locally that are involved in this sort of work.
This is a wonderful opportunity to see the breadth of activity across Derbyshire, to network, to learn, and to experience some of the work of these groups in a series of workshops.
Don't miss out!
You do need to book and we need to know which workshops you would like to attend.
We look forward to welcoming you to the day!
Spirituality Day 2018 - Workshops
1. World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM)
Christian Meditation – This workshop will include a little bit of the story of Christian meditation, an introductory teaching on it, a short practice of meditation, and time for questions.
2. A Spirituality of Unity - Introducing the Focolare Movement
Come and hear more on the Focolare Movement - The spiritual life can no longer be simply about withdrawing from other people, nor just about serving them. It is also about living in unity with others, growing and travelling together in God.
3. Cafe Writers, Derbyshire's Christian Writers Group
Story Time - Come and learn about your local Christian Writers Group, where we welcome all levels of writer, from novice to novelist. And you can try out three short exercises for creating ideas for both fiction and non-fiction writing. Come and create a story.
4. Francis of Assisi Today
St Francis and the Franciscan way of following Jesus Christ has been described as 'chaotic and intuitive, creative and affectionate, radical and obedient'. This workshop explores what makes the life and influence of this 12th century saint so enduring, attractive, profound and relevant for today and for the future
5. Whirlow Spirituality Centre
Learn about the essence of Whirlow and get a taste for the sort of programmes that are running over the next 12 months.
6. Encountering God Through Scripture - Sister Teresa Kennedy
Sister Teresa will look at different ways of praying and using Scripture, including Lectio Divina and imaginative meditation with a focus on themes of freedom and justice.
7. Inclusive Church
‘Drawing the circle wider… and wider’ - an introduction to the work of the educational charity, Inclusive Church, and why the principles of inclusion are central to the mission of the Church. (This is not a workshop to ‘take issue’ with a particular theology but for those interested in exploring practical issues of inclusion in areas like disability, addiction, mental health, gender, age, sexuality and poverty.)
8. I will sing with the spirit - The Royal School of Church Music
RSCM is the heart and home of church music. Whether your church has a vibrant worship band, a traditional choir or no music at all, RSCM has something to help. Learn about our educational and music resources, courses and activities in your area.
9. Contemplative Outreach
Centering Prayer is a form of Christian meditation in which we deepen our communion with God. The session will look at how Centering prayer works and provide an opportunity to practise it.
10. Intercessors for Derbyshire
Our workshop will major on 'listening to God' in prayer, so that we pray according to His will, as per 1.John 5:14-15. This gives the comfort of praying in faith that we are heard, and that God will act, because we are asking for what He wants to give. "Your Kingdom come, your will be done in Derbyshire, as it is in heaven." Amen
11. Harlequin Arts - Creative Spirituality
Karen is a textile artist who explores faith through creativity and stitch, facilitating others to draw closer to God through creativity. Experience a brief introduction to what she can offer through the ministry of creativity; a look at how her artwork encompasses lessons from life through Biblical narrative & truths and a short reflection on Scripture using textiles.