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. We’ll be running pop-ups around the city and with groups, and you can join us on Facebook @Reflective Chester, and on Twitter @ReflectChester. See you around!

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Sep
2
to Dec 31

September - December

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We’re looking forward to our Autumn / Winter programme (but not so that we don’t enjoy the summer!), with things both familiar and new. Dates for September to December will be posted on our website during the summer, and booking will open in September. Thank you!

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Jul
23
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 on the day inc tea / coffee (please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally) - please email or call to book your place

 


 

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Jul
16
7:00 PM19:00

Summer Evening Walk

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We’ll circle the city by taking a walk around the Walls, with some time for walking and talking, and some time for walking in quiet, and pausing to take in the views. We’ll end with a drink at Storyhouse.

Please meet at 7pm outside 9 Abbey Square (we won’t go in), and wear suitable footwear. If it’s raining, we’ll go straight to Storyhouse!

Please let us know by phone or email (by Tuesday lunchtime) if you intend to come along. There is no charge for this walk (but please bring enough for a drink afterwards). Donations are welcome.

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Jul
12
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 July, around the Feast of St Benedict, we will take the theme of our Short Retreat from Benedictine spirituality.

10.30am – 2.30pm           9 Abbey Sq

£12 on the day including tea / coffee (but please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally)  - please email or call to book your place           

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Cathedral Contemplative Prayer
Jul
8
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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Jul
5
10:30 AM10:30

Book Club

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A chance every six weeks or so to share responses to books on spirituality, both classic and contemporary.

The book for July’s meeting is ‘God of Surprises’ by Gerard W. Hughes, a highly popular late-twentieth century work, with the blurb ‘Jesus said “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field.” This book has only one purpose: to suggest ways of finding the treasure in what we may consider a most unlikely field - ourselves. It is a guide book to the inner journey…’

Suggestions for books / authors are welcome!

It is likely that we will also run a Book Club in the EVENINGS: please let us know if this might interest you.

10.30am - 12noon - please let us know you will be coming - donations on the door (£5 suggested)

9 Abbey Square

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Jul
2
10:00 AM10:00

Reflective Meadows Amble

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Meadows in the City: Join us as we meander across the river for an amble through Chester’s Meadows. We will walk together, with material offered for personal reflection as we pause along the way – followed by coffee and conversation.

Please note that this walk involves steps, some uneven ground and needs suitable footwear.

10am - 12.30pm gather at 9 Abbey Square, end with coffee (we may have coffee in a café by the river: please bring a few pounds for this)

£8 on the day - please email or call to book your place

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Jun
26
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 on the day inc tea / coffee (please bring a packed lunch or have lunch locally) - please email or call to book your place

 


 

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Cathedral Contemplative Prayer
Jun
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

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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Jun
7
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 June, we will use the Pentecost story of the Holy Spirit to help us consider our experience of 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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Jun
6
to Jun 27

Thursday Conversations

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'Wisdom': a series of four conversation mornings. In the ‘second half’ of our lives, we can find that our life experience is ground for wisdom; in scripture too there is rich wisdom tradition. To explore this gently, 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 morning.

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

£25 for four sessions (6, 13, 20, 27 June) and resource pack - advance booking only     

10.30am - 12 noon - and you are welcome to arrive for a coffee first from 10am

9 Abbey Square

    

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May
23
10:00 AM10:00

Reflective City Walk

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Cloisters, Orchards and Borderlands:  Join us for a reflective city walk, as we meander along part of the City Walls and through the area between Northgate and Watergate – drawing on this area’s history as the former port of Chester, the city’s ‘monastic lands’ and its views of Welsh hills.   We will walk together, with material offered for personal reflection as we pause along the way – followed by coffee and conversation back in Abbey Square.

Please note that this walk involves steps and needs suitable footwear.

10am - 12.30pm  9 Abbey Square

£8 - advance booking only

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Cathedral Contemplative Prayer
May
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

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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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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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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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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