New Year Retreat

posted Jan 21, 2011, 2:43 AM by Julian Garner   [ updated Jan 21, 2011, 2:46 AM by Simon Talbot ]
12 Jan 2011.

This week fourteen members of the church took some time out at Mill House Retreats to listen to God and reflect on our identity as Christians and what this means in a New Year.

Within a structure of prayer, sharing, eating and silence we reflected on our identity and what God was speaking into our lives. In the afternoon Revd Jane Taylor shared aspects of her life and drew our attention to the formative influences on our identity thorough childhood and the relationships we had with parents, teachers and other key people. We reflected how they had helped to shape our self image and identity in positive and negative ways. We looked at these insights in the light of our call to be born again and made new in the image of Christ and discussed how we can allow the new promises God speaks over our lives to take root. We looked at Isaiah 43 and 35 and through a range of creative ways tried to listen to God speaking into our lives.

The delicious shared meals were a wonderful time of friendship and laughter. The day offered a space for some to laugh, some to sleep, some to cry and some to find that heaven is just waiting to break into our lives if only we can offer God the time and space to receive the gifts of His choosing.

“Finding the time to withdraw and listen to God is always a real struggle and yet the retreat offered some holy ground and a space for heaven to break in. I came away having glimpsed God at work and full of thanks for my brothers and sisters in Christ who are helping me realise my new identity as God’s beloved daughter.” Selina

We will be organising another retreat during Lent and hope you can join us.

Rev Selina.