Creative Journaling Day

Creative Journaling Day
Why and how to keep a spiritual journal

What is the day about?

Throughout the centuries people have used what today we call journaling to help them reflect on their own faith journey. Keeping a journal is different to keeping a diary. Unlike a diary, which records what has gone on in the past, a journal helps us see what God is saying to us now.
During this day we will explore how powerful this tool can be and the different creative ways we can keep a journal. Being creative does not mean that you have to be good at art! We are all different and the way we compile our journal will be unique to each one of us. Participants will be encouraged to use whatever way suits them best. Some people like to keep their journal using words alone, either in prose or in poetry or in note form. Others like to incorporate something visual, .either collected from other sources or to create their own. Some like their journal to be organised, others prefer randomness. Throughout the day there will be opportunities to explore these and many other aspects of keeping a journal.
As journaling is about reflecting on our experience and what God is doing for us, the day will encourage those who come to create and keep a journal “for real” during the time we are together. We will therefore have time for personal reflection. It is out of these short times of quiet with God that we will work on our journal using lots of different techniques and ways so that we can keep the journal going back home if we wish.

What will happen during the day?   

The two morning sessions will look at:

  • Why keep a spiritual journal?
  • Journalling – where we are now on our faith journey and where we have come from.  

In the afternoon the two sessions will concentrate on:

  • Journalling our relationship with the Lord today.
  • Journalling what God asks us to become and do.

You will not be asked to show or share anything you do during the day with anyone else.

Who can come?  

Anyone! No previous journaling experience is necessary. All that is needed is a willingness to be open and to explore how our creativity can be a vehicle through which God can speak to us and we can listen to God.What should I bring with me?  
Everything you will need will be provided but if you have favourite pictures, photos, poems or prayers that mean something special to you bring them along, You may or may not use them.

Who will lead it?

Christine Dodd

Christine is a trained spiritual director and experienced retreat giver and the author of several books on spirituality and scripture.
For many years Christine was Director for Adult Formation in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hallam, which is centred on Sheffield. Her work involved her in helping adults discover more about their faith and spirituality within parishes, the diocese and nationally.

How do I book?

Please see Contact Us to get in touch to book your place.

The day will be from 10am – 4pm, and the suggested contribution is £25 per person, which will include refreshments and lunch.

 

May First Friday – Jane Holloway

The speaker for our First Friday Fellowship Meeting for May is Jane Holloway. 

Jane will speak on the theme “God on the Move – partnering with Him in prayer

Join us as we seek the Lord together – All welcome

See the Calendar of Events for Friday night speakers on other dates

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Jane Holloway has been working to equip and encourage prayer across many denominations, organisations and churches for the past twenty five years. 

For the last 12 years she has been the National Prayer Director at the World Prayer Centre (Birmingham, UK) enabling her to travel and connect widely across the British Isles regarding prayer and mission.

She lives in West Oxfordshire, goes to a local Anglican church and loves to enjoy God’s creation, walking, gardening, playing tennis and hanging out with friends – when she is not working!

November First Friday – Rabbi Richard Harvey: “Jews for Jesus”

Richard Harvey’s visit to HOD in March was cancelled due to poor weather, but we are very pleased to announce that it has been rescheduled for this November…

The speaker for our First Friday Fellowship Meeting for November will be Rabbi Richard Harvey, speaking on the theme “Jews for Jesus“.

Richard is a UK based-Jewish believer in Jesus (Yeshua) who has served with the Church’s Ministry among the Jewish people (CMJ) and as UK Director of Jews for Jesus. He became a believer in Jesus in 1974 from a Liberal Jewish background. His and his wife’s story are told in “But I’m Jewish!”
In 1997 he joined the staff of All Nations Christian College, and left there in 2011 to become Senior Researcher with Jews for Jesus. His work involves writing and researching Messianic Jewish Theology, and also teaching, training and mentoring in the UK, Israel and worldwide. In 2013 he presented a paper at the World Congress of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem on the subject of Messianic Jews, and gave a Bible reading at the Lausanne Global Leaders Forum, Bangalore, India. He is presently working on books on Martin Luther and the Jews, a systematic theology of Messianic  Judaism, and an introduction to Supersessionism. His blog “On this day in Messianic Jewish history” traces the experiences of Jewish believers in Jesus from the days of the early church up to the present.
More information may be found on Richard’s website www.mmjt.eu

Please come and join us for a very interesting and informative evening. No need to book – just turn up! The evening concludes at 10pm with refreshments.

See the Calendar of Events for Friday night speakers on other dates

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Richard is a UK based-Jewish believer in Jesus (Yeshua) who has served with the Church’s Ministry among the Jewish people (CMJ) and as UK Director of Jews for Jesus. He became a believer in Jesus in 1974 from a Liberal Jewish background. His and his wife’s story are told in “But I’m Jewish!”

He taught Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at All Nations Christian College, UK, and was Academic Dean and Director of Postgraduate Studies. He is a past President of the International Messianic Jewish Alliance (IMJA). His PhD was supervised by Rabbi Dan Cohn-Sherbok and is published as Mapping Messianic Jewish Theology: A Constructive  Approach (2009). He is now Senior Researcher with Jews for Jesus, and spends his time writing, teaching, training, mentoring and drinking coffee in UK, Israel and around the world. His most recent book “Luther and the Jews: Putting Right the Lies” (Wipf and Stock, 2017) is a timely contribution to the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

He is married to Monica, who is also a Jewish believer in Jesus, and has two children and three grandchildren. His website www.mmjt.eu and academia.edu page has many of his articles, presentations, power-points, etc. 

 

 

Jenny Baker First Friday – “Living in the Spirit, in the 21st Century”

Jenny Baker will be speaking at our Friday Night Fellowship Meeting for August.  

Jenny will be speaking on “Living in the Spirit, in the 21st Century”

Join us as we seek the Lord together – All welcome

See the Diary for Friday night speakers on other dates

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As Regional Coordinator for the Celebrate Catholic Charismatic Events,  Jenny spends much of her time travelling to the many weekend conferences to support the regional teams.  She has served the Celebrate leadership team since 2006 and previously worked within the Catholic Church presenting and producing Catholic Faith Exploration (CaFE) DVD resources.

She also speaks across the UK and beyond in parishes and at conferences.

She is Vice Chair of the English National Service Committee (NSC) for Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Revd Michael Mitton – ‘Seasoned by Seasons’ – First Friday for July

Revd Canon Michael Mitton will be speaking at our Friday Night Fellowship Meeting for July.  Michael is a regular visitor to community who has spoken at our Friday nights before.

Michael will be speaking on “Seasoned by Seasons” –  the theme of his new book that is being published in September.

In our own journey through life we often experience different seasons of the soul – autumn losses, dark nights of winter, springtime discoveries and summer flourishings.

Using an imaginative exploration of bible stories, Michael will speak about how we can flourish in all seasons.

Join us as we seek the Lord together – All welcome

See the Diary for Friday night speakers on other dates

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Canon Michael Mitton is an Anglican priest and a freelance speaker, writer and spiritual director. He currently works in the mission department of the Derby Diocese and also leads a small church. He is author of a number of books including Restoring the Woven Cord, Dreaming of Home and Travellers of the Heart.

CANCELLED – The Road to Freedom: Living with Pentecost

We regret this event has been cancelled.  Please contact us with any queries.

The Road to Freedom – Making the Word your Home

Jesus said “If you make the Word of God your home, you will come to know the truth – and the truth will set you free”.

Approaches to reflecting and meditating on the scriptures throughout the year, individually and in groups.

The sessions will be led by Tom Gorman, Ph D.

Saturday May 26 – Preparing for Pentecost. 

For other “The Road to Freedom” sessions this year, see The Road to Freedom

From 10am – 4pm

Suggested contribution is £25 per person, which will include refreshments and lunch.

For booking details please contact us by email or phone – see Contact Us

Stillness – Quiet Day 2018

 

“He leads me beside still waters”

(Psalm 23:2)

 

We invite you to take time out of the busyness and pressures of everyday life… 

Enter into the peace and stillness of reflection and silence, in this day of reflection led by Margaret Wade, a spiritual director and retreat leader.

The day will be from 10am – 4pm, and the suggested contribution is £25 per person, which will include refreshments and lunch.

For booking details please contact Lynda by email or phone – see Contact Us

For other “Stillness” Quiet Days this year, see Stillness – Quiet Days – 2018

 

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Summer Season – Quiet Day

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens”

(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

 

Stop awhile in whichever season you find yourself to spend time with God, to be encouraged, refreshed, and strengthened to continue on your journey with Him. 

The day will be from 10am – 4pm, and the suggested contribution is £25 per person, which will include refreshments and lunch.

For booking details please contact Lynda by email or phone – see Contact Us

For other “Seasons” Quiet Days this year, see Seasons – Quiet Days