Feb
1
to Feb 1

Reflective Chester

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City dwelling is about finding our way in a place full of people, full of buildings, full of activity and challenge. We can keep our heads down, our phones on, our pace speedy, our doors closed. Or we can choose a different response to the city, even if only sometimes: a slower pace, fresh perspectives, new connections. Now and again, we can take our time in the city. Reflective Chester is a year-long programme of ways to do this: watch this space - it’s coming soon!

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Apr
13
10:30 AM10:30

Soulful Saturday: Christian Meditation

image: Aleta Doran Mosaics

image: Aleta Doran Mosaics

led by David McKenna, World Community of Christian Meditation

This day will provide both an introduction to, and experience of, Christian Meditation, along with an outline of the World Community of Christian Meditation (WCCM). The roots of the World Community lie in the desert tradition of early Christianity dating back to the 4th century, and WCCM was formed in the twentieth century to nurture and share the practice of meditation, with an emphasis on combining the contemplative and active dimensions of life.

“Meditation is a universal spiritual wisdom and a practice found at the core of all the great religious traditions, leading from the mind to the heart. It is a way of simplicity, silence and stillness… It is only necessary to be clear about the practice and then to begin – and to keep on beginning.” (WCCM)

10.30am - 3pm

9, Abbey Square (please note venue: places are limited)

£25 or £20 (please choose your rate) - tea and coffee provided but please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally

advance booking only

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Apr
16
10:00 AM10:00

Peace Day

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

These 'Peace Days' draw on a mindful attention to the rhythm of a day, to help us find rhythm and balance in our living and perhaps greater clarity on what matters to us.  With less shared reflection than our Short Retreats, but shaped around three short times together and plenty of time to stay in the house or wander out, these days are perfect for when you are looking for your own quiet time.

from 10am coffee for 10.30am start - 3.15pm (if you would like to be here for just part of the day, just let us know)  9 Abbey Square

£12 inc tea / coffee (please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally) - advance booking only

 


 

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Apr
26
10:30 AM10:30

A Short Retreat

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Find quiet time and slow down on this short day of retreat in the city - with simple input drawing gently and deeply on Christian spirituality, resources, shared time and your own time.  We will start the day with guided reflection and silence, and close with shared conversation.  For the time in between there will be resources for you to choose if you wish, as you use our rooms in Abbey Square, or wander to the Cathedral, its grounds, or into the city.

In April, we will use the Easter story to help us consider how we might encounter the Divine.

10.30am – 2.30pm           9 Abbey Sq

£12 (advance booking) including tea / coffee (but please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally)             

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Mar
20
10:00 AM10:00

Craft Workshop: card stitching for Spring

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On the first day of Spring, join us round the table for coffee, cake and the absorbing craft of simple card stitching. You’ll have a choice of greetings cards with pre-made holes and a range of threads, and a little guidance and help: all you need to add is your time and enjoyment! No expertise expected!

10am - 12.30

9, Abbey Square

£10 (advance booking)

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Mar
13
10:00 AM10:00

Peace Day

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

These 'Peace Days' draw on a mindful attention to the rhythm of a day, to help us find rhythm and balance in our living and perhaps greater clarity on what matters to us.  With less shared reflection than our Short Retreats, but shaped around three short times together and plenty of time to stay in the house or wander out, these days are perfect for when you are looking for your own quiet time.

from 10am coffee for 10.30am start - 3.15pm (if you would like to be here for just part of the day, just let us know)  9 Abbey Square

£12 inc tea / coffee (please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally) - advance booking only

 


 

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Feb
13
10:00 AM10:00

Peace Day

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

These 'Peace Days' draw on a mindful attention to the rhythm of a day, to help us find rhythm and balance in our living and perhaps greater clarity on what matters to us.  With less shared reflection than our Short Retreats, but shaped around three short times together and plenty of time to stay in the house or wander out, these days are perfect for when you are looking for your own quiet time.

from 10am coffee for 10.30am start - 3.15pm (if you would like to be here for just part of the day, just let us know)  9 Abbey Square

£12 inc tea / coffee (please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally) - advance booking only

 


 

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Cathedral Contemplative Prayer
Feb
11
7:30 PM19:30

Cathedral Contemplative Prayer

Usually the second Monday of each month, joining with Chester Cathedral in a time of silence with simple input.

7.30pm St Anselm’s Chapel, Chester Cathedral

no need to book - just come along         

Please note: Entrance to St Anselm's Chapel for these evenings is through the archway into Abbey Square, not through the Cathedral main entrance.  Someone will be at the archway with directions until about 7.25pm.  

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Dec
12
10:00 AM10:00

Peace Day

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

These 'Peace Days' draw on a mindful attention to the rhythm of a day, to help us find rhythm and balance in our living and perhaps greater clarity on what matters to us.  With less shared reflection than our Short Retreats, but shaped around three short times together and plenty of time to stay in the house or wander out, these days are perfect for when you are looking for your own quiet time.

from 10am coffee for 10.30am start - 3.15pm (if you would like to be here for just part of the day, just let us know)  9 Abbey Square

£10 inc tea / coffee (please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally) - advance booking only

 


 

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Dec
5
12:00 AM00:00

Midweek Peace

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

At the heart of Retreat House Chester is peace.  Through November and into December we will pilot a time of peace at the heart of the week.  Call in on a Wednesday lunchtime between 12 and 1.30 (in your lunchbreak?) to spend some quiet time in our new reflective space.  ‘Peace to this house; to those who enter, to those who dwell here, to those who depart – Peace.’ 

Donations welcome.

12 - 1.30pm  9 Abbey Square

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Nov
28
12:00 AM00:00

Midweek Peace

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

At the heart of Retreat House Chester is peace.  Through November and into December we will pilot a time of peace at the heart of the week.  Call in on a Wednesday lunchtime between 12 and 1.30 (in your lunchbreak?) to spend some quiet time in our new reflective space.  ‘Peace to this house; to those who enter, to those who dwell here, to those who depart – Peace.’ 

Donations welcome.

12 - 1.30pm  9 Abbey Square

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Nov
21
12:00 AM00:00

Midweek Peace

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

At the heart of Retreat House Chester is peace.  Through November and into December we will pilot a time of peace at the heart of the week.  Call in on a Wednesday lunchtime between 12 and 1.30 (in your lunchbreak?) to spend some quiet time in our new reflective space.  ‘Peace to this house; to those who enter, to those who dwell here, to those who depart – Peace.’ 

Donations welcome.

12 - 1.30pm  9 Abbey Square

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Nov
20
10:30 AM10:30

Creative Workshop: Craft for Christmas

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Join us for an absorbing time of crafting for Christmas. We’ll provide all the bits and bobs - including these beautiful papers - to make your own Advent and Christmas wreath, so you can enjoy a couple of hours seeing what happens! Refreshments too - and all in a lovely setting.

£10 - please book

10.30am - 12.30

9 Abbey Square

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Nov
16
10:00 AM10:00

Peace Day

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

photo: W777 Photography by Will Hay

These 'Peace Days' draw on a mindful attention to the rhythm of a day, to help us find rhythm and balance in our living and perhaps greater clarity on what matters to us.  With less shared reflection than our Short Retreats, but shaped around three short times together and plenty of time to stay in the house or wander out, these days are perfect for when you are looking for your own quiet time.

from 10am coffee for 10.30am start - 3.15pm (if you would like to be here for just part of the day, just let us know)  9 Abbey Square

£10 inc tea / coffee (please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally) - advance booking only

 


 

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Cathedral Contemplative Prayer
Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

Cathedral Contemplative Prayer

Usually the second Monday of each month, joining with Chester Cathedral in a time of silence with simple input.

7.30pm St Anselm’s Chapel, Chester Cathedral

8 January, 12 February, 12 March, 9 April, 14 May, 11 June, 13 August, 10 September, 8 October, 12 November

no need to book - just come along         

Please note: Entrance to St Anselm's Chapel for these evenings is through the archway into Abbey Square, not through the Cathedral main entrance.  Someone will be at the archway with directions until about 7.25pm.  

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Oct
25
10:30 AM10:30

Creative Workshop: Paper Folding for Cards

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Come and join us for an absorbing craft morning as you try your hand at 'Iris Folding' in a relaxed friendly setting. Four papers are chosen and then folded strips are glued into place to form the attractive design. The finished card can be used in many ways - maybe to share a sense of 'Peace' with whoever receives it - and the method will be easy to do again at home.

10.30am - 1pm  9 Abbey Square

£10 inc tea / coffee - advance booking only

 

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Oct
20
10:30 AM10:30

Soulful Saturday: 'Night lovely as the dawn' - a day with John of the Cross

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with Gillian Coxhead

In October, as nights lengthen, join us for an Autumn Soulful Saturday on well-loved Christian mystic John of the Cross, who explored in his experience and his writing what darkness might mean in relationship with a God of love and mystery – perhaps most famously in his ‘Dark Night of the Soul’.  This day will guide us gently through an exploration of this for ourselves.

Gillian Coxhead lives in Lancashire, the mother of four sons and a nurse in A&E.  Drawn to the Carmelite spirituality of John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila, and its resonance today, she leads retreats regularly in England and Ireland.  We are so glad to welcome her back after previous retreats with us here in Chester.

£20 inc morning tea / coffee break  (please bring your lunch or buy lunch locally)  - advance booking only - PLEASE NOTE BOOKINGS FOR THIS EVENT NEED TO BE MADE THROUGH CHESTER CATHEDRAL BOX OFFICE 01244 500959 / in person at the Cathedral / www.chestercathedral.com

10.30am – 3pm   Cloister Room, Chester Cathedral

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Oct
18
to Nov 15

Thursday Conversations

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'Alone and Together': A series of four conversation evenings reflecting on how our spiritual life is influenced by times of solitude and companionship.  We will use resources of pictures and short pieces as a starting point, then follow this with a time of quiet personal reflection before conversation in the second half of the evening.

It is best to be at all four sessions, but possible to miss one!

£25 for four sessions (18 & 25 October; 8 & 15 Nov - not 1 Nov) and resource pack - advance booking only     

7pm – 8.30pm  (please note slightly earlier time, if you have been to a previous series)     9 Abbey Square

    

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Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

Soulful Saturday: Poetic Spirit

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with Julia McGuinness

Join us for a morning workshop on a relationship between poetry and spirituality.

Poetry has the capacity to transfigure the ordinary through words. It moves us into a new space of truth alongside mystery and possibility.

Whether we are seeking ‘new words for God’ (Rowan Williams) or simply responding to ‘the impulse to kneel in words’ (Denise Levertov), the language of poetry is an appropriate one for the journey of faith. We find it in our Scriptures and in the writings of people of faith down the ages. Some have faith in poetry itself as a medium with power to sustain the soul.

In this day we will approach the poetry of faith from various angles:
We will look at encountering poetry in Scripture and beyond
We will look at some themes and concerns it engages
We will explore where our own written words might take us in response.

Julia McGuinness is a poet, writer, workshop leader and counsellor.  She has her own local practice ‘Creative Connections’ and has published widely, including her own collection of poetry inspired by Chester’s City Walls and the book ‘Writing our Faith’.   She leads workshops and retreats across the country – including two previously for Retreat House Chester - and we are delighted that she will be spending another morning with us.

10am – 1pm   9 Abbey Square

£18 inc refreshments - advance booking only

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Cathedral Contemplative Prayer
Sep
10
7:30 PM19:30

Cathedral Contemplative Prayer

Usually the second Monday of each month, joining with Chester Cathedral in a time of silence with simple input.

7.30pm St Anselm’s Chapel, Chester Cathedral

8 January, 12 February, 12 March, 9 April, 14 May, 11 June, 13 August, 10 September, 8 October, 12 November

no need to book - just come along         

Please note: Entrance to St Anselm's Chapel for these evenings is through the archway into Abbey Square, not through the Cathedral main entrance.  Someone will be at the archway with directions until about 7.25pm.  

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Cathedral Contemplative Prayer
Aug
13
7:30 PM19:30

Cathedral Contemplative Prayer

Usually the second Monday of each month, joining with Chester Cathedral in a time of silence with simple input.

7.30pm St Anselm’s Chapel, Chester Cathedral

8 January, 12 February, 12 March, 9 April, 14 May, 11 June, 13 August, 10 September, 8 October, 12 November

no need to book - just come along         

Please note: Entrance to St Anselm's Chapel for these evenings is through the archway into Abbey Square, not through the Cathedral main entrance.  Someone will be at the archway with directions until about 7.25pm.  

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Jul
22
2:00 PM14:00

A Sunday Afternoon: Exploring Walls with Words

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with Julia McGuinness

Why not make a summer visit to your own city, or find a new way to see Chester?  Chester’s City Walls richly reward exploration, and in this reflective afternoon we will do that with words and on foot – not least because walls have been a source of inspiration for poets and spiritual writers alike.  Led by local poet Julia McGuinness and drawing from both her own collection on Chester’s City Walls and the works of others, we will make an imaginative exploration of walls, their nature and their meaning, here in a city surrounded by walls. 

We will start together with poetry and reflection, then venture to the City Walls close by to hear some poetry inspired by that location, before spending some time apart in our own reflective exploration guided by prompts – and then gathering again to share what we found.

£14  advance booking only  

2 – 4.30pm  inc refreshments    9 Abbey Square

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Jul
16
to Jul 21

A Week of Days

Choose a quiet day or more within this week. Please note: bookings are now closed - but we have places on WEDNESDAY 18th, so do contact us if you would like to come on that day. Thank you.

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