You are invited to take part in a six week Ignatian individually guided retreat in daily working life, which is running during September and October 2014 for those working in the Birmingham business community. The retreat is flexible, to fit around the demands of working life.
What does the Retreat in Daily Working Life involve?
- Group meetings to begin and end the retreat: Everyone making the retreat meets together for an hour to start and finish the retreat: this emphasises we are all journeying together, but within a structure which can fit around your own particular availability over the six weeks. Both these meetings are in the city centre, near to the cathedral. The opening meeting is from 6-7pm on Tuesday 16 September at St Philips Chambers, 55 Temple Row, Birmingham, B2 5LS. The closing meeting is from 6-7pm on Thursday 23 October at ChaplaincyPlus, 8th Floor, One Colmore Row, Birmingham, B3 2BJ.
- Weekly individual meeting with your prayer guide – flexible time and place: Once a week, you will meet with your allocated prayer-guide, at a time and place in the city centre that works for you, fitting around your work commitments. You will agree the venue and time together, to be as convenient as possible. This meeting will usually last about half an hour.
- Daily prayer: Everyone participating in the retreat makes a commitment to pray privately daily over the six week, for whatever period they can manage. This is at the heart of the Retreat in Daily Working Life.
What kind of retreat is this?
At the meeting which starts the retreat, we will share some ways of praying that are commonly used during the retreat. The prayer is Bible-based and Christ-centred. It is based on the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola: these were written in the sixteenth century and have stood the test over time over the subsequent 500 years!
The weekly conversations with your prayer guide focus on what you have felt and experienced during your daily prayer and afterwards.
Why make this kind of retreat?
When we take time out to pray, reflect and share with a listener we become more aware of our relationship with God, with ourselves and with others. As we recognise the creative and destructive forces outside and within us, we tune in to become even more attracted by the creative and repelled by the destructive. This helps us to discern and know God’s will for us.
Who are the prayer guides and what is their role?
The prayer guides are people from different Christian traditions who themselves have experienced making an individually guided retreat and who have trained to accompany others on their prayer journey. They do not advise, persuade, judge, assess, approve or disapprove of those who are making the retreat; rather, they are there to help you to become more perceptive and more responsive to the Spirit of God at work within you and around you.
Can anyone make this retreat?
Yes, the retreat is open to Christians and to anyone who are searching or curious about God.
What does the retreat cost?
You are asked to make a £20 donation, if you wish to make the retreat. This is mainly to cover the expenses of the volunteer prayer guides.
How do I find out more information or book a place?
Places are limited – first come, first served. For more information or to book a place, contact Sarah Thorpe at ChaplaincyPlus on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0212 236 9472 or 0798 224 8949.