Newsletter: March 2019
Have you ever thought becoming a spiritual director? Ever felt God might be calling you to this remarkable and life-changing ministry?
Beginning this September Launde will be running (for the third time) the acclaimed Holy Listening course to train people in spiritual direction. The course will cover core aspects of Christian spirituality and also teach how we create and hold a space and relationship which may enable the other to hear God speaking in their lives; there will be a mix of formal teaching and experiential learning.
Holy Week Retreat: 15 – 18 April
A retreat for Holy Week led by Chris Webb of the Launde community. We’ll be using compelling images of the Passion by artists both famous and less well-known to enter more deeply into Christ’s story and our own, and to discover the possibility of light in the darkness.
Labyrinth Retreat: 28 – 31 May
Come and unwind with God and explore the labyrinth path as a support for your spiritual journey in this retreat led by Barbara Wallace. During your retreat there will be some gentle input of the history and variety of labyrinths, plenty of time to walk and pray on the beautiful outdoor and indoor labyrinths at Launde Abbey and learn how to make your own labyrinth too.
Upcoming Quiet Days
We’ve got some terrific quiet days coming up, including the Creative Hearts quiet day on April 1st with Karen Herrick (an experiential day of exploring quiet, hand stitched prayer) and a quiet day with Miriam Gill on May 4th exploring Graham Sutherland’s painting The Deposition – which will be with us in Launde Chapel throughout the day and for some weeks following!
As part of this summer’s 900th anniversary celebrations at Launde Abbey we’ve launched a hymn writing competition – we’re looking for some new and great hymns or contemporary Christian worship songs which reflect the prayer, silence, hospitality, attentiveness and other characteristics of Launde’s life and spirituality.
If you fancy yourself as the next Isaac Watts, Charles Wesley, Matt Redman or Hillsong creative why not take a look here and find out more!