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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-+
    • Friday September 22 Spiritual Direction Development Day. Consolation, Desolation and Discernment. Led by Bishop Mike. 10.00am to 3.30pm. An opportunity to look at some of the literature and good practice around consolation, desolation and discernment in spiritual direction. There will be some input as well as time for conversation, practice and the opportunity to learn from one another's wisdom in this area. For more information and to book please contact Caroline Redman via spiritual.direction@cofesuffolk.org.  This event is for anyone offering the ministry of spiritual direction/accompaniment or involved in listening to and sharing with others on their journey of faith.

    • Tuesday 7 November: A Prayer and Spirituality Day 10.00am - 4.00pm at the St Nicholas Centre.  A day led by Bishop Tim Stevens ~ we live in uncertain and troubling times. Many experience anxiety about the future and within the Church there is evidence of worries about what the next generation may bring. During this day Bishop Tim Stevens will explore God's promise to us of "a joy which is complete". How do we live this joy in our personal lives and in the Church and in a world like this? There will be space in the day for discussion and reflection and prayer.  To register please go to Eventbrite. Leaflet | PDF 

    • Tuesday 28 November. Spiritual Direction Development Day. 'Navigating reviews and endings on our journeys of Spiritual Accompaniment'.  Led by Helen Newman.  Helen is the Chaplain at Launde Abbey. 10.00am to 4.00pm. This event is for anyone offering the ministry of spiritual direction/accompaniment or involved in listening to and sharing with others on their journey of faith.  More information and bookings will be available in September

    • Saturday 3 March 2018.  Rule of Life – a pattern for following Jesus 24/7.  Led by Chris Palmer. 10.00am to 4.00pm. This day is open to everyone.  More information and bookings will be available in September

    • Thursday 24 May 2018. How do I pray - sustaining the sacred centre. Led by Bishop John Pritchard. 10.00am to 4.00pm. This day is open to everyone. More information and bookings will be available in September

    • Thursday 13 September 2018. Glimpses of the Divine: Prayer & the Art of Sieger Koder. Led by Gemma Simmonds. 10.00am to 4.00pm. This day is open to everyone.  More information and bookings will be available in spring 2018

  • 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.