Welcome to the website of Kirkwall East Church.
We are a Church of Scotland Eco Congregation whose focus is on worship and outreach. You are welcome at the King Street Halls whether you have come to worship in the Upper Room or to use it or one of the other areas for another purpose.
TIMES OF WORSHIP
- COMMUNION SERVICES
March, June, September and December at 11.15 am. (see Calendar details)
After morning worship tea, coffee juice and biscuits are served downstairs in The Hub.
Retreat in Daily Life
Saturday 2 March to Sunday 14 April 2019
A chance to try out new or fresh ways of praying and become more aware of connections between faith, prayer and everyday life.
A time to pause, reflect and refocus; to get in touch with what brings you life and what is draining or out of balance.
An opportunity to draw closer to God, to seek discernment for an upcoming decision or other change in your life.
What is a ‘Retreat in Daily Life’?
Traditionally a ‘retreat’ has meant an extended time of silent prayer and reflection, away from home, in a monastery or retreat house. But not everyone can spend the time or money on a residential retreat.
A Retreat in Daily Life is an alternative opportunity to support prayer and reflection in the midst of ordinary life with the assistance of a one-to-one prayer guide.
There are three elements to a Retreat in Daily Life. Everyone meets together at the start and at the end of the retreat. Each retreatant has weekly one-to-one meetings with their guide and, in between, takes time on their own to pray and reflect.
Who is it for?
A Retreat in Daily Life is open to all. No particular familiarity with prayer or faith is needed or expected. Each person begins from where they are, no matter what their experience of life or prayer. If you are new to taking personal quiet time you are very welcome to join us; if you have experienced a retreat before you are also most welcome. Those who are hurting, angry or anxious may desire healing and peace; those who have been praying for many years may be looking for encouragement and renewal.
All are welcome!
What are the benefits?
There are many reasons to come on a Retreat in Daily Life.
These are just some of them:
• Finding new meaning or a new way of being
• Exploring what God means to you
• Being accompanied on your spiritual journey
• Trying out different ways of praying
• Being supported as you make a decision
• Discovering the mystery of inner transformation
• Finding a way out of a spiritual rut
How is the retreat organised?
At the start, we will have a short gathering of retreatants and prayer guides from 2 pm on Saturday 2 March, place TBC. We shall begin with introductions to each other and to some ways of praying. You will meet your own prayer guide for the retreat and be able to arrange the suitable day, time and venue to meet for the subsequent six weeks.
These weekly individual meetings with your guide last around 30 minutes. If mobility presents a difficulty for you, we can arrange for the guide to visit your home.
Away from these individual meetings, you are encouraged to take regular time to pray and reflect in a way that feels intentional but manageable within your particular daily routine.
We gather again all together for a final celebration from 3 pm on Sunday 14 April, the place TBC when there will be a chance to reflect on what has emerged through this time of retreat.
What is the role of the prayer guide?
The starting point for your conversation with your guide is your own felt experience in life and prayer. Guides are not advice givers but will listen carefully and help you to discern for yourself what is emerging within you, what is helpful to you, and what hinders. Your guide may suggest ways of praying or a bible passage or other material to reflect on. The conversation is confidential.
What is the cost?
Prayer Guides undertake training for this ministry as well as ongoing formation and supervision. Some incur weekly travel expenses to guide on this retreat. We therefore suggest a voluntary donation of £15 for the retreat. All are welcome to this retreat, so please do not let finances deter you.
Open to Everyone
The Retreat in Daily Life is offered by Pirjo Little and Sally McNeish, both have completed their training as Spiritual Directors by The Epiphany Group, Scotland.
To book a place or ask any questions please contact Pirjo Little on 01856 781497 or e mail: email@example.com. Closing date for the bookings is the 15th February 2019.
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Kirkwall East Church, Church of Scotland
Registered Scottish Charity No:SC018002.