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Spiritual Direction

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Sonia and Ann are both qualified Spiritual Directors

Ann writes:

Would you like someone to walk with you as you grow as a Christian, share your journey, help you to listen to God? However new or experienced you are as a Christian, if your answer is yes then spiritual direction could offer you the accompaniment you need.

In practical terms I have training from Southwark diocese and the diocese of Europe; I have satisfied Diocese of Europe safeguarding regulations. I have a supervisor and follow a regular pattern of training and retreats. I do not charge, but there are expenses for me with the above so my church will receive donations on my behalf. All sessions are totally confidential unless something of a criminal or dangerous nature is revealed. Now for the more interesting question, what do I offer? I do not follow a particular school of spiritual direction, but seek to be God-lead, intuitive and relationship based. It is entirely non-judgemental, you may come with any level or form of belief. Examples from the Bible that inspire me are Eli helping Samuel to hear and respond to God 1 samuel ch 3; Philip and the Ethiopian Acts ch 8 vv26-39. One of the most common modern analogies of spiritual direction that I like is to midwifery. In spiritual direction I am  not a doctor, taking charge of your soul, but more akin to a midwife, helping the growth of the God within you.

Sonja writes

What is Spiritual Direction? 

Spiritual direction, or accompaniment, provides you with a space to become aware, reflect, discern and discover God more fully. I work with whatever is happening in your life. This often includes exploring your daily life, work, prayer and/or relationships.

A spiritual director is a companion who can help a person see God’s presence in all of life: in the various questions, crises, careers, relationships, fears, insecurities, joys and grief through the different stages of life.

Is spiritual direction/companionship/accompaniment for me?

  • Are you at a major crossroads or milestone in your life? Are you trying to make an important decision? 
  • Do you want to explore deeper meaning in everyday life events? 
  • Do you have a desire to explore your faith, beliefs and/or different prayer practices?
  • Are you seeking greater spiritual awareness?
  • Would you like to explore life’s challenges, losses and disappointments in your life?
  • Do you want to identify and consciously design your own spiritual path?
  • Are you seeking balance, purpose and deeper intimacy with God, yourself and others?

If your answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, spiritual direction/companionship could be for you.

St Paul’s Tervuren

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Godspace is an initiative supported operationally by St Paul’s, Tervuren.

Godspace works under the St Paul’s umbrella, in collaboration with Vineyard, Brussels, and Holy Trinity, Brussels, hence our work is ecumenical by nature.    Our retreats are open to those of all faiths or none, on the understanding that all three retreat-leaders are Christians and the retreats are run from a specifically  Christian perspective.

St Paul’s Tervuren https://www.stpaulstervuren.be/

Vineyard Brussels  https://www.vineyard-brussels.be/

Holy Trinity  https://www.holytrinity.be/

The content of this website might not always reflect the views and practices of St Paul’s Church as a whole.

Welcome to Godspace

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Looking for inner peace? Need time away from your busy life to focus on God and Christ? We run silent retreats, workshops and other stuff in the Brussels area to help you find the space to meet your Lord.

Godspace was set up in 2013 by Sonja Stark and Kevin Colyer to provide training for and practice of contemplative prayer in the EU Quarter of Brussels, and now focuses on Silent Retreats under the leadership of Sonja and Bess Brooks