Thanks so much for our day of reflection. A great way to start the year for me. It made me realise that our spiritual life needs the help of a structure or framework to enrich our relationship with God. It poses a challenge!’

Retreat Schedule 2020. 

A retreat offers the opportunity to step back, focus, reflect and return replenished and refreshed in friendship with God.

Our retreats in the first half of 2020 will be built around the theme of prayer. Prayer is the very foundation upon which the Oratory is formed and Micha & Jayne are engaged in exploring the nature and character of practical personal and group prayer. 

We also have the opportunity to lead a week long Retreat for Spring Harvest Holidays at their French holiday village, Le Pas Opton. For full details visit Spring Harvest Holidays. This may well offer a unique opportunity to encounter God in a restful environment.

Join with us as together as we listen to God’s voice and  explore how we might grow into Christian maturity as we discover and serve God’s purpose for ourselves in our day and generation.”    Micha & Jayne.

Dates for 2020:

Friday February 21, 2020: Living the Lord’s Prayer. £50:00.

The Lord’s Prayer is the only prayer given to the church by Jesus directly. It encapsulates all of life and every aspect of prayer. When we pray it we pray the very words Jesus used.

It reveals both the simplicity that lies at the heart of prayer, whilst also raising many of the concerns that are raised as we wrestle with our own effectiveness and authenticity in prayer. 

This retreat will look at the purpose and structure of the Lord’s prayer as well as engage with our questions surrounding both the effectiveness and authenticity of our own prayer(s).

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Friday March 13, 2020: Lent Retreat. Praying from within a wilderness. £50:00

Lent is the season when Jesus waited and fasted in the wilderness. Here he faced the three temptations that threatened to destroy his ministry. There is much in life that we find challenging. Uninvited and unwelcome interruptions that appear to steal our life from us and rob us of God’s presence.

How to pray from within such a wilderness is challenging; both finding the motivation and maintaining hope. Both Micha and Jayne have experienced long wilderness seasons and struggled to continue in prayer and hope. 

This retreat will look at praying when in a desert drawing upon the experience of Jesus in the wilderness. It will offer support and encouragement to all those with desert experience and look to finding a practical path through the desert.

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Friday April 24, 2020: Finding Sacred space in Everyday Life £50:00

The word sacred means holy or consecrated. Sacred space is that which is set aside for God. Today, in our busy lives, we tend to compartmentalise life. We invest in work time, we enjoy personal and family/friendship time and a host of other daily demands. 

Yet, God is present both within and beyond time, and invites us, moment by moment, to consecrate the whole of our lives to being attentive to God’s presence.. How might every moment of my day become inhabited with God’s presence alongside my own? How might I learn to ‘pray without ceasing’, as St. Paul urges (1Thessalonians 5:17)?

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Friday June 5, 2020: Finding God in pain, disappointment & loss. £50:00

Life can deal anyone of us a challenging situation. We encounter unanticipated and unwanted circumstances which are completely unwelcome. Why do bad things happen to God’s people? Are there lessons that can support me on my journey?

This day offers an opportunity to discover God in our fractured lives and together determine how we might draw some comfort from the journey we never expected. For eighteen years Micha was full time carer for his first wife Katey as she battled progressive MS until her death. Jayne experienced painful divorce, life as a single mum and faces a daily chronic pain condition. Join us as we go in search of bread for our journey through life.

Friday July 3, 2020: An introduction to Contemplative Prayer. £50:00

Contemplation has been practiced since the birth of Christianity. It is an approach to prayer that leads us to gaze upon the majesty of God. In contemplation, it is not what we bring to God, but invites God to make God known to us in the stillness of our own heart. 

This day will provide a brief background to contemplative prayer, its place within the life of the Christian community and practical opportunity to explore this prayer style.

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The timings.

9:30 Arrival, registration refreshments.

10:00 Session 1

11:30 Refreshments

11:50 Session 2

13:15 Lunch

14:00 Session 3

15:00 Refreshments

15:30 Session 4

16:30 Finish and refreshments

BOOKING. To register, please email stcuthbertsoratory@gmail.com with ‘Registration’ in the subject line. You will receive details of how to pay the £50 cost inclusive of refreshments, home cooked lunch and all materials. All relevant information will be emailed to you. For more detailed enquires please call the Oratory on 07526 188371.

If booking for a series of retreats we are pleased to offer a season ticket for your choice of five retreats for the price of £215. We will take payment for these five retreats on initial booking.

If you need overnight accommodation for a retreat, we have one en suite room in the Oratory available for £70 B&B or £85 Full Board. Alternatively we can give details for the Wisdom Centre in Romsey (three miles away) where they have a self contained cottage.

 

Be-Still-Know_largeBe still & know day retreats.

The Be Still and Know retreat is something Jayne and I can bring to your small group, cell or wider congregation. It offers an introduction to the purpose and practice of retreat. We will explain the nature of a retreat and how it can be incorporated within a busy and demanding lifestyle.

All we need is a suitable venue and refreshments and food for those attending. Drop us a line and we can talk through how such a day might encourage your community in their daily pursuit of God.

The retreats provide an opportunity to step from the ordinary in search of the extraordinary presence of God. The author of the ‘Be Still & Know‘ devotionals in Voice of Hope and an experienced retreat facilitator, Micha Jazz together with his wife Jayne, a spiritual coach, leads retreatants in a day of structured meditation and contemplation.

Cost: Expenses plus £25 per person attending.

 

A retreat in your church or home.

The St Cuthbert’s team, Micha & Jayne Jazz, are also available to provide bespoke retreats and pilgrimages for individuals, groups, church leadership teams, organisational directors etc., supporting you in finding a fresh focus in prayer, enriching your encounter with God or facilitating discernment processes as you move forward. If this is something that you think might benefit yourself or your team please either email stcuthbertsoratory@gmail.com or phone Micha on +44 (0)7846 494556.