Online Donation

To support our Charity , this website now has an online donation form on our Donate page.

Every contribution from our supporters, large or small, will help our work.  The form can accept regular or one-off donations, and enables Gift Aid and consent for us to stay in touch.

The form is managed by  the Charities Aid foundation through their BACS-compliant CAF donate online giving platform, so donations will be managed securely.  

We continue to be grateful for the prayers, help and contributions we receive from the Charity’s many supporters.

Quiet Painting Days

Creative retreat days using art have provided quiet spaces to reflect on Scripture, be still before the Lord, walk in the lovely grounds and gardens, and paint or use pottery as forms of expression.  The days are not for artists only, but for anyone wishing to invite God to show them their creative side. We are, after all, made in God’s image, and He is our Creator! 

Janey Patterson writes about her recent day on a Quiet Painting Day at HOD…

We were invited to bring our paints and canvases, but as I work with clay, I asked if I could bring some instead of the paints. Margaret, our leader for the day was very gracious and agreed!

There were three of us attending  and it was held in the pottery studio, a wonderful, light and airy space.

When we were given our program, the first line on the paper read,

‘You are seated at the Lord’s table”

Wow! I thought, and I am ashamed to say I don’t think I heard anything after that!

What an amazing concept and my head and heart were busy digesting this and wanting to produce something for His table. I began by rolling out some clay and chose a stamp with branches and indeterminable fruits growing from them. I stamped at pretty random intervals on the clay and as I was smoothing out the clay from underneath to distort the pattern, the Lord said,

“I am the template.”

Wow! again…

My aim was then to make this piece of clay into a huge pitcher or jug representing Jesus, from which the life giving water of the Spirit would flow, keeping the spout purposely split to recall the brokenness of Jesus for us and also knowing that this would make the water splash very freely over everyone/thing onto whom it was poured! I would then make a beaker for each disciple. The beakers would have the same stamp/template on each one (being made in God’s image) but the template would be distorted or slashed, nearly rubbed out or overprinted with some other texture showing the markings of each life. Each beaker would have a specific colour and these would match a coloured template on the ‘Jesus jug’. Both beakers and jug would be glazed and then set on a table as an exhibition piece.

No matter what our experience, the opportunity for the Lord’s saving grace is always present.

Margaret was a wonderful quiet presence and guide during the day.

I would encourage anyone to attend this type of day, even if you have no artistic leanings. The Lord’s presence is your inspiration and He will surely bless you as you listen and experiment with your chosen medium.

Janey Petterson

ENC and ENC Youth

For the last few years, HOD has been part of the ENC (European Network of Communities), and Gaetana is a member of the ENC council.

We have been been able to contribute to the ENC Youth Group, ‘NextGen’ – a movement for youth who love to seek Christ together.

In NextGen, the young are connected together and equipped with skills, passion, faith and love in a multicultural and ecumenical atmosphere.

Because of the pandemic, NextGen have had to have online meetings.  A series of gatherings has been taking place during 2021, with young people meeting from several countries across Europe for worship, teaching and encouragement.

In July 2021, as community, we had the privilege to lead the worship and give a talk on the theme of prayer for one of these gatherings online.

YouTube recordings 2021

In 2021 we started our new YouTube Channel and began to upload content from our community and fellowship meetings.

We thought we would post links to some of the recordings published there so far.

YouTube Recordings of Online Speakers 2021

 

 

 

Life in the Spirit Seminars 2021

Music for the Life in the Spirit Seminars run by the Diocese of Southwark

The Worship group helped prepare music for online Life in the Spirit seminars which were organised by the Diocese of Southwark over May and June 2020. 

The group prepared recorded music for most of the sessions, but joined the team for a preparation weekend, and for the prayer in week 4 for Baptism in the Spirit, led by Fr Pat Collins.  The seminars were attended by 150+ people in the diocese.

Autumn 2021 Life in the Spirit Seminars run by the Archdiocese of Birmingham

From September to November 2021 some of the Community is involved in helping to organise the Life in the Spirit Seminars being run in the Archdiocese of Birmingham as part of the Diocesan renewal program, in the core team, helping with worship and small groups  

For more on the worship ministry please see Young People / Schools

CHARIS National Services of Communion Hour of Praise

The Catholic Charismatic renewal in England ran a weekly online hour of praise on Wednesday evenings since early 2020. The praise was led by a different group across the UK every week, and was broadcast live on its Facebook page.

The HOD worship team were invited to lead the praise twice, including the last hour of praise to be held, before Pentecost 2021.

Outreach with Blessed to be a Blessing (BTBAB)

For many years we have had contact with BTBAB as they held their training sessions for overseas missions in the Retreat Centre.  Due to Covid restrictions this year, they were unable to travel abroad, and so had their first UK outreach this summer. 

Silvie from community joined the group, training with them and then spending the week working with refugees in Coventry and homeless people in Birmingham.  This was very valuable experience for Silvie, and gave us a greater opportunity to engage in this type of mission. 

BTBAB will continue to hold their training events and retreats in the HOD Retreat Centre, and we may have opportunities to join them on future missions.

New Blog and Social Media

Welcome to HOD’s new Blog and Social Media!

The new blog will be the latest way we will stay in contact regularly with all of our supporters and friends. 

The main purpose of the Blog will be to post regular updates to help paint a picture as effectively as we can of the Charity and all its activities.

Watch out for regular mini-updates, photos etc. of all that the Charity does in pursuit of the Vision of community.

Social Media

Early in 2021 we started new HOD social media channels:

HOD YouTube channel

HOD has a new YouTube channel youtube.com/channel/UCelO0.

We will be starting to share content from the community and the speakers who have been blessing us in lockdown during virtual Zoom meetings. 

Please subscribe to our channel to follow us…  You’ll receive updates when we publish recordings of speaker talks.  One day we may do live broadcasts, God willing!

Please also share with anyone who may benefit from the talks and other resources we share.

HOD Twitter Account

We have also started a new Twitter account at https://twitter.com/HouseoftheOpen1 

Please subscribe to follow our Tweets…  We will be advertising upcoming events, meetings and sharing news.

God bless

 

 

Guests returning to our new Self Catering accommodation

We have been relieved that with Covid restrictions lifting (in part) recently, we have been able to welcome groups and individuals back to our beautiful Retreat House and Cottage.

Both have been redeveloped as self catering accommodation; we ask guests to keep to our careful Covid guidelines but are keeping everyone safe. 

There is plenty of space so please consider contacting us to book in to stay if you would like, or spread the word to anyone who needs self catering accommodation!