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Draw aside – return refreshed

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Day Retreat 28 August 2021

As we emerge from the strangeness of the last year/ 18 months, with all that has meant for us, our loved ones and our Church communities, perhaps we need a moment to reflect on what has happened and to gather strength or a new perspective for the future.  Godspace offers a day retreat, where a small number of people can gather and take time to think, pray and imagine.

Leaders Bess Brooks, Ann Milton and Sonja Stark will guide us through prayers for our time, meditations on the psalms and there will be periods of silence in which to walk, pray, write, draw, as people wish.  Our hope is that the day will provide refreshment and a chance to (re)focus on God and to think about the future.

What are we offering?

Details

What:  Day retreat for up to 15 people (3 leaders, 12 participants)

Where:  La Bergerie, Woluwe-Saint-Pierre, www.fbp.be 

When:  Saturday 28 August 2021

What time:  10 am – 3 pm

Who is leading?:  Bess Brooks and Sonja Stark (St Paul’s, Tervuren),  Ann Milton (Holy Trinity, Brussels)

What does it cost:  15 euros to include coffee and cold drinks – please bring your own packed lunch

Programme:  to include prayers for our time, meditations on the psalms, opportunities for silent reflection and creative response – see full programme below or on website www.godspace.eu

How do I book?:  Click on this link https://stpaulstervuren.churchsuite.com/events/jo1gjrg9  and fill in the relevant details

How do I pay?:  15 euros by bank transfer before 21 August 2021 to

Account name: The Chaplain of St Paul’s,    IBAN: BE813 100 9133 8724, 

BIC: BBRUBEBB,   

Address: Hoornzeelstraat 24, 3080 Tervuren

Please add the message “Godspace retreat 28 August 2021”

Questions?: Please email drawaside@godspace.eu and either Bess, Ann or Sonja will respond

Godspace  (www.godspace.eu) is an ecumenical project with the aim of providing space for reflection for Christians in Belgium.  It is supported by St Paul’s, Tervuren (www.stpaulstervuren.org)

day retreat programme

10.00   Coffee

10.15   Introduction

10.30   Welcome liturgy/ prayers

11.00   Reflection on a psalm of lament (lectio divina)

11.30   Personal response – time to walk, pray, reflect, write….

12.10   Sharing response (if wished)

12.30   Lunch (please bring own sandwiches, drinks provided)

13.00   Midday prayer

13.10   Reflection on psalm of joy/ looking forward (lectio divina)

13.30   Response – time to walk, pray, reflect, write…., to consider the future with a new perspective.

14.10   Sharing response (if wished)

14.30   Closing liturgy/ prayers

15.00   End

Please note: minor details within the programme could be subject to change

Lent 2021 Knowing Jesus

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Godspace invites you to participate in an ONLINE Lent course run by the Ignatian Spirituality Centre (ISC), Glasgow, UK, on the theme of Knowing Jesus.  The course runs from Ash Wednesday (17 February) until the first Sunday of Easter (11 April).  You will receive a daily email inviting you to spend a short period of time of your own choosing in daily prayer, scripture reading, reflection, enjoying art and music, plus an online weekly meeting with 6-10 others to discuss the impact of the course. ISC (and Godspace) do not charge for this course.

For more information, and to sign up for the course, please go directly to https://www.iscglasgow.co.uk/lent2021.html and subscribe there.  If you’d like to join a “local” online lunchtime meeting on Mondays, 13h05 to 13h50 CET, facilitated by Godspace leader Ann Milton DO NOT FILL IN THE SECTION ABOUT JOINING AN ONLINE GROUP ON THE ICS SITE.  Instead, please let Ann know you are interested by leaving a comment below.  Ann needs to know numbers by the end of Friday 12 February so please don’t delay 😊.

Testimonies Retreats Namur

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2017, 2018, 2019

Testimonies

Seldom was I able to more deeply work through and engage with a bible passage as at the silent retreat.  Tom

It was my first silent retreat experience. I’d recommend it as great taster course as 24 hours silence is already a lot for a beginner! To be honest it was sometimes uncomfortable but there were many more positives than negatives and I enjoyed sharing the experience with a group. I enjoyed the fact that everyone had the freedom to choose which group sessions to attend and how to spend their time but there was a structure to the weekend. The location was beautiful and the booklet we used was stimulating and well put together    Stephen

For a first-timer at a silent retreat, everything was clearly explained, well organised with an excellent ratio between group sessions and alone time in a beautiful location … and the sun shone the whole weekend.  It far exceeded my expectations and the time with God was so very precious.  Looking forward to a return visit if dates allow.  Miriam

So 2018 was the shorter 2 day retreat:  A taster (so good) leaving me wanting more. Sheila

The retreat for me was an opportunity to really slow down and to explore different ways that God might speak to me.   Jonathan

A very relaxing weekend in beautiful surroundings with a lot of freedom on how to spend your time. I enjoyed the guided meditations, the prayer stations and meeting God in a very personal way.  Karen 

The silent retreat was a wonderful experience for me! A true opportunity to stop, listen and reflect – a luxury in our busy world! And I could even spoil myself a bit – with no schedule, good food and beautiful nature – all of these did well to my soul. Can’t wait for the next one :-)! Veronika

Silent Retreat August 2021

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After such a complex year, perhaps you feel in need of spiritual relaxation and refreshment?  Godspace is offering a silent, group retreat in English in August 2021 in the peaceful surroundings of La Pairelle, Namur https://csilapairelle.be/.

Stay in the well-appointed Emmaus retreat house (each bedroom has its own ensuite bathroom) and benefit from an extended period of silence together with teaching on prayer and meditation in a small group setting (around 15 people in total per retreat).  Please note that couples stay in separate bedrooms on retreat. 

Put the dates in your diary now

Thursday 26  to Sunday 29 August (begins 7 pm Thursday evening)

BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT

Numbers are very limited for each retreat, around a dozen participants plus leaders.  So, do book early to avoid disappointment.  Booking for the August retreat opens later this year (please revisit the website for details) and all information will be on the website then.

COVID-19 REGULATIONS

As with any event this year, we need to be extremely aware of the relevant COVID-19 regulations in place at the time and any retreat will be conducted in accordance with these. In exceptional circumstances, we might need to rearrange or postpone a retreat.

Day Retreat Saturday 10 April 2021

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After such a complex year, perhaps you feel in need of spiritual relaxation and refreshment?  Godspace is offering a day retreat in English – time away for inner reflection.

Day Retreat Saturday 10 April 2021.’The Garden’. A few hours of prayer, reflection and time to be still, from 10am to 1pm, combining prayer input and sharing on zoom, with time for you to be away from the screen.

COVID-19 REGULATIONS

As with any event this year, we need to be extremely aware of the relevant COVID-19 regulations in place at the time and any retreat will be conducted in accordance with these. In exceptional circumstances, we might need to rearrange or postpone a retreat.

Register by filling out this form:

The Garden Registration