Friday nights – Grace: Flowing Out

On three Friday nights in March John Trimming from community will lead three reflections on The Gift of Grace

+ Friday 9th March: Grace, Freely Given

+ Friday 16th March: Receiving Grace

+ Friday 23rd March: Grace Flowing Out

We will be reflecting on Luke chapters 1 and 2, reflecting on the story and the characters which show the motion of God’s grace towards us.  Grace is brought near (“the Lord is with you”); is received by Mary; and flows out through her visit to Elizabeth.

We will also look at the other characters in these chapters, and onwards into the beginning of the Lord’s ministry – when the kingdom is announced as “near (“The kingdom of God has come near” Mark 1 v 15).  So the flow of grace to which Mary said “yes” flows out through Jesus.

Mary the mother of the Lord has a unique place as a figure in the Bible, and in the story of Jesus.  “Favoured” by God, her response is immediate, courageous and trusting; she has been called the “first disciple”.

Reflecting together on these chapters will be an opportunity to be reminded that grace is the beginning, and the basis, of everything in the Christian life.  God’s grace is sufficient: we are all called to be “full of grace”, to surrender, receive, trust in, and flow with the river of grace God wants to send into our lives.

Friday nights – Grace: The Gift

On three Friday nights in March John Trimming from community will lead three reflections on The Gift of Grace

+ Friday 9th March: Grace, Freely Given

+ Friday 16th March: Receiving Grace

+ Friday 23rd March: Grace Flowing Out

We will be reflecting on Luke chapters 1 and 2, reflecting on the story and the characters which show the motion of God’s grace towards us.  Grace is brought near (“the Lord is with you”); is received by Mary; and flows out through her visit to Elizabeth.

We will also look at the other characters in these chapters, and onwards into the beginning of the Lord’s ministry – when the kingdom is announced as “near (“The kingdom of God has come near” Mark 1 v 15).  So the flow of grace to which Mary said “yes” flows out through Jesus.

Mary the mother of the Lord has a unique place as a figure in the Bible, and in the story of Jesus.  “Favoured” by God, her response is immediate, courageous and trusting; she has been called the “first disciple”.

Reflecting together on these chapters will be an opportunity to be reminded that grace is the beginning, and the basis, of everything in the Christian life.  God’s grace is sufficient: we are all called to be “full of grace”, to surrender, receive, trust in, and flow with the river of grace God wants to send into our lives.

Friday nights – Receiving Grace

On three Friday nights in March John Trimming from community will lead three reflections on The Gift of Grace

+ Friday 9th March: Grace, Freely Given

+ Friday 16th March: Receiving Grace

+ Friday 23rd March: Grace Flowing Out

We will be reflecting on Luke chapters 1 and 2, reflecting on the story and the characters which show the motion of God’s grace towards us.  Grace is brought near (“the Lord is with you”); is received by Mary; and flows out through her visit to Elizabeth.

We will also look at the other characters in these chapters, and onwards into the beginning of the Lord’s ministry – when the kingdom is announced as “near (“The kingdom of God has come near” Mark 1 v 15).  So the flow of grace to which Mary said “yes” flows out through Jesus.

Mary the mother of the Lord has a unique place as a figure in the Bible, and in the story of Jesus.  “Favoured” by God, her response is immediate, courageous and trusting; she has been called the “first disciple”.

Reflecting together on these chapters will be an opportunity to be reminded that grace is the beginning, and the basis, of everything in the Christian life.  God’s grace is sufficient: we are all called to be “full of grace”, to surrender, receive, trust in, and flow with the river of grace God wants to send into our lives.

Autumn talks on the Holy Spirit – Week 3 – The Holy Spirit and Empowerment

29th September: The Holy Spirit and Empowerment

Beth will give a series of talks on the Holy Spirit at HOD on Fridays this Autumn.

  • 15th September: The Holy Spirit and Freedom: “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” John 8v.36
  • 22nd September: The Holy Spirit and Atonement
  • 29th September: The Holy Spirit and Empowerment.

The evening will begin with a worship time, followed by Beth’s talk.  All welcome.  

Please Contact Us with any questions

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Beth has approximately 30 years of experience teaching RE, Scripture and Philosophy in schools, as well as work in parishes and prayer groups in Birmingham.

Her qualifications include a diploma in Pastoral Theology, an MA in Catholic Theology, and she is currently studying scripture at PhD level at Birmingham University

Autumn talks on the Holy Spirit – Week 2 – The Holy Spirit and Atonement

22nd September: The Holy Spirit and Atonement

Beth will give a series of talks on the Holy Spirit at HOD on Fridays this Autumn.

  • 15th September: The Holy Spirit and Freedom: “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” John 8v.36
  • 22nd September: The Holy Spirit and Atonement
  • 29th September: The Holy Spirit and Empowerment.

The evening will begin with a worship time, followed by Beth’s talk.  All welcome.  

Please Contact Us with any questions

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Beth has approximately 30 years of experience teaching RE, Scripture and Philosophy in schools, as well as work in parishes and prayer groups in Birmingham.

Her qualifications include a diploma in Pastoral Theology, an MA in Catholic Theology, and she is currently studying scripture at PhD level at Birmingham University

Autumn talks on the Holy Spirit – Week 1 – The Holy Spirit and Freedom

15th September: The Holy Spirit and Freedom

“If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” John 8v.36

Beth will give a series of talks on the Holy Spirit at HOD on Fridays this Autumn.

  • 15th September: The Holy Spirit and Freedom: “If the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” John 8v.36
  • 22nd September: The Holy Spirit and Atonement
  • 29th September: The Holy Spirit and Empowerment.

The evening will begin with a worship time, followed by Beth’s talk.  All welcome.  

Please Contact Us with any questions

____________

Beth has approximately 30 years of experience teaching RE, Scripture and Philosophy in schools, as well as work in parishes and prayer groups in Birmingham.

Her qualifications include a diploma in Pastoral Theology, an MA in Catholic Theology, and she is currently studying scripture at PhD level at Birmingham University

First Friday – December – speaker Br Loarne Ferguson

Our First Friday Night Fellowship Meeting for December – the speaker will be Brother Loarne Ferguson.

Brother Loarne will be speaking on the theme “We continued our Journey”

The Saturday morning following will be an Advent retreat day – Contact Us to book in to stay over night.

Join us as we seek the Lord together – All welcome

See the Diary for Friday night speakers on other dates

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Br. Loarne was consecrated as a member of the Capuchin Franciscan Order 24 years ago. He is now 48 years old and lives at Greyfriars in Oxford with five other religious brothers. For the last 12 years he has helped to form small groups dedicated to prayer and mission, while also holding the posts of university chaplain and retreat director. Currently he spends much of his time nursing one of the elderly brothers and looking after the Friary.

Key Christian interests: Divine change management for individuals and communities, prophetic ministry, and contemplative life.

Key human interests: creativity & culture, arts & crafts, relationships, food & books.

 

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.