Advance notice for a series on Biblical Contemplation
Series on Biblical Contemplation – five Tuesday evenings from 7th May to 4th June
Vicki Paulin is planning a series of five Tuesday evening meetings from the 7th May until the 4th June. The purpose is for you to experience Biblical contemplation on a short passage of scripture. Some questions will be provided for you to answer in your personal journal. After this there will be a time of group sharing, as people wish, to encourage the development of spiritual friendships amongst us at ICL.
The meeting will take one and a half hours and participants may join for one time or come to all five sessions.
If you are interested in one or more sessions would you please email Vicki (email@example.com) to let her know if you prefer to start at 6pm or 7.30pm.
Individual Spiritual Accompaniment
Over the next months Vicki is available to be a listening spiritual companion. This is for anyone who would like to grow in intimacy with God by paying attention and responding to the Holy Spirit’s personal communication with him or her. Vicki is offering up to 3 sessions of one hour as a trial during an agreed one month time frame. These are private and confidential. Afterwards, the sessions can continue on a monthly basis if it is helpful but there is no obligation to continue.
There is no charge for either of the above.
For further information e mail Vicki Paulin: firstname.lastname@example.org
More about Individual Spiritual Accompaniment
Spiritual accompaniment (or spiritual direction), is usually a one-to one relationship where prayer and conversation are directed towards becoming closer to God. This is not something new but an ancient ministry that goes back to the earliest days of the church. A spiritual companion (or director) accompanies others who, like themselves, are committed to the process of spiritual transformation in Christ. They seek to help others discern the presence and leading of the Holy Spirit, sent by Jesus as the one true Spiritual Director. Individual sessions usually last an hour. Conversation is slow and often there are times of silence to help the person pay attention and respond to God’s personal communication with them. A spiritual director guards secrets and seeks to be non-judgemental. Spiritual Direction is Spirit centred rather than problem centred, so although there is some overlap with counselling or pastoral care, it is different. The only requirement for a person to enter spiritual direction is that they have a desire to draw closer to God.
Based on definitions from ‘Sacred Companions, the gift of spiritual friendship and direction’ by David G. Benner.