St Benedict’s Centre 2020 New Year Newsletter
We’ve been a little quiet of late and now is a good time to write a new newsletter for a new year.
To update you with our staffing news, currently Rev Jane Winter is covering at the Centre and a group of volunteers are sharing the roles of hosting groups. We are very grateful to them. We continue to have a steady number of day guests, and we are about to start our 2020 programme. This newsletter introduces the programme to you. It covers some of the events we have planned, more will follow.
We are running the ‘difference’ course which has been written by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s reconciliation ministry. Archbishop Justin has a vision for the church to be a place of reconciliation and to have a presence of reconciliation in our conflicted world. That conflict doesn’t have to be global. It can be very local, in our communities, churches, families, even within ourselves. The course runs for five sessions looking at five themes that help us to develop skills of reconciliation. The sessions are interactive. They include bible study, video clips, discussion, activities and prayer.
The course will run at the Centre from 7pm – 9pm on Mondays: January 20th, 27th, February 3rd, 10th and 24th. The cost is £10 which includes a participants’ notebook.
To find out more about the course click https://difference.rln.global/
To book please contact: email@example.com
Orisons 27th February 2020
We are excited to offer a day course called ‘Orisons’. ‘What is Orisons?’ we hear you say.
Orisons is the old English medieval word for prayer, from ‘orare’ to speak and ‘oracle’, the means by which God speaks.
Orisons presents 104 picture cards and commentaries, and prompts people to make connections with what is happening in their lives and how the Holy Spirit may be guiding them.
It uses the various characters, events and values of the bible and Christian faith to develop wisdom and discipleship in participants.
The simple act of drawing a card, reading its commentary and pausing to reflect can stimulate and inspire fresh thinking on all the thorny issues confronting us in our daily lives.
What might be said about the course…..
- A valuable time away listening to how God is working in our life.
- Learning a method of meaning-making that is both fun and serious.
- Working with lived experiences as they are encountered and exploring how the Holy Spirit is at work.
- A Sharing of the Christian Wisdom Tradition amongst Christians.
The day will be led by the resource author Martin Henwood, Vicar of Holy Trinity, Dartford. It will include explanation about using the resource with others and time to explore the cards for yourself in a prayerful manner.
The day runs from 9.30am – 3pm. The cost of the day is £20. Please bring your own lunch.
To book please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saying Yes to Life
During Lent we shall be running a course using Ruth Valerio’s new book ‘Saying Yes to Life.’ We will be focusing on a chapter a week looking at the creation story and considering how we respond in meaningful and practical ways to the life that is all around us. Archbishop Justin has chosen it as his Lent book for 2020. Ruth Valerio is the new canon theologian in Rochester Cathedral so it is very appropriate to be offering this course during Lent. The grounds of the St Benedict Centre at St Mary’s Abbey are a fabulous living example of life tended and flourishing.
The course will run on Mondays: March 2nd, 9th 16th, 23rd, 30th April 6th
The afternoon session runs from 3.15pm ending with the opportunity to join the Sisters for Vespers at 4.45.
The evening session runs from 7pm -9pm and includes joining the Sisters for Compline.
The cost is £10. Participants will need to have their own copy of the book.
To book a place please contact email@example.com
Angles and Angels: Icon Retreat
We are delighted to be offering an Icon writing week in June. The week will be led by Amanda de Pulford an experienced Icon writer and teacher. You can see her work at: https://amandadepulford.tumblr.com/about
The course will focus on the saints that are named at St Benedict Centre: St Gundulf, St Anselm, St Eanswythe and St Hilda. Amanda is based in Kent and is excited to be offering the course at St Benedict’s. We will learn in the context of the rhythm of prayer joining the Sisters for the daily offices.
The dates for the course are 14th – 20th June 2020.
The cost is £350 which includes the teaching, all the course materials and a light vegetarian lunch.
Spaces are limited for this course so if you are in interested please register: firstname.lastname@example.org
Day Guests are always welcome at St Benedict’s Centre. You can book an individual study/retreat room for £12. This includes hot drinks, the use of the beautiful grounds, the opportunity for private prayer in the pilgrim chapel and to join the Sisters in their daily offices.
To book your day of rest and retreat contact: email@example.com.
We look forward to welcoming you to St Benedict’s.
This is just a taste of things to come. We will have another newsletter out soon offering more events that enable us to come apart awhile and encounter God.
Below you will see a selection of previous events to give you a taste of the days we offer:
Join with us for our Lent Quiet Day on 9th April 2019 at the St Benedict’s Centre. The day will begin with a short introduction to Lectio Divina, a contemplative, prayerful reading of the Bible. Then there will be a reading of selected scripture followed by personal quiet time for reflection, listening and prayer. Following lunch (please bring a packed lunch) there will be another reading of selected scripture followed by personal quiet time culminating in joining with the Benedictine Community at Malling Abbey for the daily office of None- a short service of prayer and reading.
If you would like or need to experience stillness and quiet during this Lent period to rest, reflect, listen and pray then you are most welcome to join with us.
‘Splendour Remains’ is a creative quiet day for all the artists and art enthusiasts among us. ‘Splendour Remains’ is a stunning piece of art created by Brighton based artist, Nicola Rose. This creative quiet day in April will focus on the artists experience in creating the work and the art owners experience in responding to it. This piece is owned by Rev Matthew Buchan who will be leading us through the day. There will be opportunities for personal reflection and quiet time as well as an opportunity to create a piece of art in Nicola’s style. Materials and refreshments are included in the cost- £25 and spaces are limited to 20.
‘Reflections of Malling’ will be taking place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March 2019 in the Guest House here at the St Benedict’s Centre. Nicola Rose is a wonderful artist who has painted 20 churches from across Malling Deanery and they are simply stunning. The exhibition is free entry and all are welcome. This would be a lovely day out for church groups and communities and a wonderful opportunity to visit the St Benedict’s Centre if you’ve not been before. Light refreshments will be provided. Please do spread the word and invite your friends and family.
— POSTPONED —
Sadly, we are postponing our July creative quiet day ‘Splendour Remains’ and our art exhibition planned for September due to illness.
However, we are postponing not cancelling and we’re super excited to have these two events take place here at the St Benedict’s Centre. We are so sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment this may have caused.
Please do stay connected with our Facebook, Twitter and Programme page here for updates regarding the new dates and for news on our other upcoming events.
Tracey Jones, Centre Manager
We are so excited to announce that in July we will be having a creative quiet day for all the artists and art enthusiasts among us. ‘Splendour Remains’ is a stunning piece of art created by Brighton based artist, Nicola Rose. This July creative quiet day will focus on the artists experience in creating the work and the art owners experience in responding to it. This piece is owned by Rev Matthew Buchan who will be leading us through the day. There will be opportunities for personal reflection and quiet time as well as an opportunity to create a piece of art in Nicola’s style. Materials and refreshments are included in the cost- £25 and spaces are limited to 25.
Nicola is currently working on a collection of pieces portraying each church in Malling Deanery. These pieces and more of Nicola’s work will be exhibited at the St Benedict’s Centre at the end of September 2018 but our creative quiet day is a great way to gain an invaluable experience with this wonderful artist in the beautiful surroundings of the St Benedict’s Centre before everyone rushes along to the exhibition #getintherefirst #art #beauty #quiet #splendourremains #create#createdtobecreativeseries
Join with us for ‘Be Still’ a day of space and reflection at the St Benedict’s Centre led by Tracey Jones, Centre Manager of the St Benedict’s Centre and Theology graduate (BTh Hons) of The Queen’s University of Belfast & Belfast Bible College. The day will be an opportunity to focus on what it means to be still, dwell, abide and have space amongst the busyness and oftentimes stress of our daily lives.
There will be space for reflection, prayer and fellowship.
Refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits) will be provided. You will need to bring your own lunch or you can easily access lunch in West Malling (a short 2 min walk).
Please do join with us for a day of reflection, stillness, and rest- you are welcome!
For booking info get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01732 252 651
MODERN SLAVERY TRAINING
On Tuesday 20th February 9.30am-1pm we are hosting a training day on Modern Slavery at the St Benedict’s Centre. This is part of the Diocese of Rochester Freedom from Slavery Campaign and will be delivered by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority.
Modern slavery is a growing concern and reality in the UK, where there are at least 13,000 victims, although the National Crime Agency have suggested they believe that figure to be the tip of the iceberg. The Clewer Initiative has been set up by the Church of England to help dioceses to raise awareness of modern slavery and provide care and support to the victims. As part of that work the Diocese of Rochester and The Clewer Initiative will be running training on spotting the signs of modern slavery, with expert input from Lys Ford, a Partnerships Officer from the Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority. You will learn what kinds of modern slavery happen in the UK, how you can spot the signs, and who you should report your concerns to.
Modern slavery is a global problem and international crime, affecting millions of people worldwide, including many victims within the UK.
Men, women and children of all ages and backgrounds are victims of human trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude or debt bondage. (Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority)
The training is FREE, but booking is essential as places are limited early booking is recommended.
To book please visit https://tickets.myiknowchurch.co.uk/gb/MzAxLTEwMA/t
You can also visit the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority website at www.gla.gov.uk
Did you know? The Alzheimer’s Society (2015) reports there are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today. Of these, approximately, 42,000 are people with young onset dementia, which affects people under the age of 65. As a person’s age increases, so does the risk of them developing dementia. It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK by 2025 will rise to over 1 million. (https://www.dementiauk.org)
Our ‘Remembering God; Faith in a Time of Dementia’ event is coming up soon and we would love for you to join with us for a day which is sure to be a rich resource for those who attend.
When we can no longer remember God, will God remember us? And if so, how might we be called to respond?
The purpose of this day is to explore what it means to be a Christian at a time when the number of people living with dementia is rising rapidly.
This one-day workshop is for those who are looking for tools to guide their prayer, thinking and ministry, and whose faith has been stirred or challenged by their encounter with people with dementia.
Led by James Woodward; Principal of Sarum College and Coordinator for the Centre of Human Flourishing and Julia Burton-Jones; a Dementia Specialist Project Officer working within the Mission and Community Engagement team within the Dicoese of Rochester.
Spaces are being snapped up so booking as soon as you can is advised.
Bookings can be made via EventBrite here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/remembering-god-faith-in-a-time-of-dementia-tickets-38739270200
Join with us for ‘A Christmas Reflection’ a quiet day at the St Benedict’s Centre focussed on ‘Emmanuel, God With Us’. Led by Tracey Jones, Centre Manager of the St Benedict’s Centre and Theology- BTh (Hons) graduate from the Queen’s University of Belfast & Belfast Bible College the day will be an opportunity to consider what God being ‘with us’ really means for our daily lives.
There will be space for reflection, prayer and fellowship.
Refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits) will be provided. You will need to bring a packed lunch or you can easily access lunch in West Malling.
Please do join with us for a day of peace, stillness and hope- you are welcome.
Please do check out our wonderful ‘Christmas Crafts & Carols’ day coming up at the St Benedict’s Centre on Thursday 7th December, led by the amazing Margaret Wooding-Jones- we are super excited!!! Do come along and bring your friends and family too- it’s going to be a great day of festive gifts and craft making, we’ll be having lots of tea/coffee and chat, some carol singing and mince pies to top it all off (there may be a goodie bag as well!). All refreshments & materials are provided…just bring yourself (and anyone else!) a packed lunch and come along for a fun and relaxed day in the beautiful surroundings of the St Benedict’s Centre and Malling Abbey.