Margaret Syfret is the Co-ordinator of the Parish’ Prayer Chain. Margaret welcomes prayer requests and Deanna Sansoni emails these to our Prayer Chain members. Intercessory Prayer is always available for anyone who requires prayer on behalf of themselves or others who are in special need of that ministry.
Margaret can be contacted at 9807 3048 or email@example.com
Parish Meditation Groups… join us!
Evening Meditation Group
The Thursday evening group meets on Zoom at 7:30 pm on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.
Michael Mosley convenes the group which is based on the John Main Contemplative traditions of Christian meditation. Michael can be contacted on 048544906 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Details are in the weekly Parish Pew Leaflet. Michael emails the Zoom links to members a few days prior to the Thursday evening sessions. Michael can be contacted if you wish to be placed on the email invitation list.
Michael has also posted a meditation podcast on the Parish Website which can be accessed by clicking on ‘Groups and Events’ then ‘Meditation Groups’. The audio link is at the bottom of ‘Thursday Evening Meditation Group’
Afternoon Meditation Group – Inner Stillness
Held on the 1st Wednesday every month in the Chapel from 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm led by Val Dyke, the parish’s Spiritual Director Email: email@example.com
Val the leads the group into the silence ‘Be still and know that I am God’ is our prayer as we gather. A centre piece of a lighted candle is placed on a cloth which relates to the theme upon which we are to meditate. The lighted candle symbolises the light of Christ in our midst. Sacred Music is played also relating to the theme upon which we will meditate.
Then, there is time to write in our Prayer Journals about our experience of prayer. There is also time to share, about our experiences, if we wish, in order to own them. There is no comment or discussion between the group. It is, however, in the experience of those who attend, that the sharing is often encouraging to one another, as we share, we find similar thoughts.
Group meditation is very different from going it alone and in fact some of the participants find meditation much easier with others in prayerful company. We have found that there’s an energy which carries us, sending us deeper and silencing the distractions.
We always welcome new participants young and old, new, and experienced meditators to share in the silence together.
Please talk with Michael Mosley, if you have any questions about the Evening Group, or Val Dyke for the afternoon group – both can be contacted via the Parish Office.
Experienced meditators, inexperienced meditators and those who have never meditated before, are invited to join either of the groups. Even if you have never meditated before, you will be able to join in prayerful silence where we sit in the presence of the loving Spirit of God.
Home Groups meet fortnightly or monthly in the homes of parishioners for around two hours. The foundation of the groups is the prayerful study of the Bible using Lectio Divina.
What is Lectio Divina?
The group reads a passage from Scripture (usually a reading from the following week’s Lectionary), meditates on that reading and contemplates what God is calling each to do or be during the coming week and then the group prays together.
There is a social and pastoral component to the Home Group and individuals find that belonging to a Home Group is very supportive.
If you would be interested in joining a group, please speak with the Vicar for more information: Contact details