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Prayer and Spirituality

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Prayer and spirituality are central to Christian faith and practice. Prayer may be informal or formal, individual or done together. Spirituality can mean both giving attention to the things of the spirit and the practice of what is done.

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Christian spirituality and prayer is connected to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and to the ways in which people have responded to this over the years.

“Spirituality is how we dance the dance of patience with God.  It is about how we manage our impatience that God does not seem present to us fully and undoubtedly all the time.  It is about how God is consistently and lovingly patient with us.  Learning this dance is the heart of the Christian life, and however clumsily and awkwardly we do it, and however often we tread on God’s toes, God is overjoyed that we overcome our shyness and try, and even more so that we persist, or after giving up get the courage to start again.”

Bishop Martin

Bishop Mike works with the Spirituality group to encourage the priority of prayerfulness in the diocese and the growth of prayer and spirituality and to support the ministry of spiritual accompaniment. You can contact the Spirituality Group via spirituality@cofesuffolk.org.

  • Forthcoming Events-+
    • Thursday 16 March 2017 – The Sermon on the Mount: a spirituality for today – a day led by Bishop Mike at the Cathedral. For more information please see this flyer. This day is fully booked and there is a waiting list.  If you want to add yourself to the waiting list follow the registration process and it will prompt you.
    • Thursday 25 May to Sunday 4 June 2017 - Thy Kingdom Come. The Archbishops call to prayer. Please see our dedicated webpage for more information.
    • Saturday 1 July 2017 - 2017 Exploring Prayer Day - "a day to find out more about different ways of praying, suitable for all from those who want to know how to start to those who have been praying for years and want some fresh ideas”
    • Tuesday 15 August - The Sermon on the Mount: a spirituality for today –due to the popularity of the March day, this day is being repeated at St Andrew’s church Rushmere. For more information please see this flyer.
  • Cursillo-+

    Cursillo is an opportunity for Christians to grow in God through Jesus Christ, primarily over one long weekend, and with the support of others from the church in Suffolk who have made a Cursillo themselves. Cursillo is a nationwide movement within the Anglican Church, working with the full blessing of the Bishop in this diocese. Cursillo is a Spanish word (pronounced kur-see-yo), which means a “Short course”; the aim of which is to reawaken people to the calling they received in their baptism to be witnesses to Christ.
     
    Cursillo helps us:

    • To grow into a deeper relationship with God through the person of Jesus Christ
    • To discover our personal vocations and to develop our individual gifts for Christian service and   leadership.
    • To become more effective witnesses to Jesus Christ in our lives
    • To bring about and strengthen Christian commitment within a community of faith
    • To build up the witness of the Church in the world that may be renewed and transformed

     
    Cursillo is for those members of congregations who are already committed in their Christian lives, and is intended to be a partnership between lay and clergy. Cursillo is part of the church, and is nurtured and sustained by its teaching, by prayer, the sacraments, and spiritual direction; and by the mutual support of small and larger groups of Christians.
     
    For more information contact Lizzie Baker, the Lay Director of Cursillo via lizziebaker61@gmail.com or 01284 850363 or the Revd Jenny Seggar via revjseggar@outlook.com or 01473 748914.

  • Healing and Wholeness-+

    The Ministry of Healing and Wholeness is part of our prayer, public worship and pastoral ministry. In many parishes the ministry is expressed in reaching out and caring for the community.

    The Diocesan Advisory Group on the church’s Ministry of Healing and Wholeness is made up from clergy and laity across the diocese. The group members are a resource for the churches of the diocese in support of the Ministry of Healing.

    Common Worship Pastoral Services gives a very good theological background on this ministry (p. 8ff). It also provides appropriate and rich liturgical material both for public worship and for individual ministry.

    Another good resource is 'A Time to Heal Handbook' (Church House Publishing) which gives background to this ministry being re-established in a parish with support from Diocesan Synod. Members of the Advisory Group may be able to assist you with training and advice on this ministry within the church.

    For more information please contact Canon Matthew Vernon via email.