HOD Retreat Day: “Surprised by Joy” with Andy Swinford

20th April 2024 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

‘In your presence is fulness of joy’
(Psalm 16.11)

‘In a sense the central story of my life is about nothing else’
(Surprised by Joy – C S Lewis)

Saturday 20th April 2024

The House of the Open Door community offers a retreat on the theme “Surprised by Joy” led by Andy Swinford.

This is a retreat for the refreshment of the spirit as Andy Swinford leads us on an adventure into the world of C S Lewis. The wind of joy breathes through his writings (no prior knowledge needed!) and we will draw close to God by using insights they provide, arising out of the deep faith of the author. During the day there will be space for reflection, walking, prayer, and joy-gathering in the beautiful gardens and grounds of The House of the Open Door.

Suggested donation £20

Please bring your own lunch – refreshments provided.

Please Contact Us for more details, or to book.

Surprised by Joy Retreat Poster (PDF)


Andy Swinford

Andy formerly taught English Literature and is the author of 14 essays in ‘The Christian Tradition in English Literature’. He is about to publish ‘The Practice of Joy: insights from the stories of C S Lewis’. He also delivers multimedia presentations and on-line classes about the authors C S Lewis and Tolkien.

Walking in the countryside and beekeeping are among his chief pleasures. He is a long-standing friend of The House of the Open Door, and has spoken before at our Friday Night Fellowship Meetings.





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