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Day Guests

Rest and renewal photoDay Guests are always welcome at St Benedict’s Centre. You can book an individual study/retreat room for £12 (rising to £15 from April 2023 due to cost increases). This includes hot drinks, the use of the beautiful grounds, the opportunity for private prayer in the pilgrim chapel.   

You may find it helpful to book your quiet study or reflection dates in advance, and we would encourage you to do so.  If you need to cancel nearer the time, this can be done easily and without cost.  

We ask you to bear the following in mind:  .

  1. Hand sanitiser is provided and guests are asked to use it on entering and leaving the building.
  2. Study rooms have kettles and facilities for making hot drinks.
  3. The Pilgrim Chapel can be used by an individual for private prayer, and you may join the Sisters in the guest chapel for their Offices. On Wednesdays there is a 30-minute Eucharist in the Pilgrim chapel at 12.15, all are welcome, no booking required.

Payment is by bank transfer on receipt of an invoice or on the day by card or cash.

If you would like to book an individual room for a day please contact bookings@stbenedictscentre.org

We look forward to welcoming you at the Centre.

Forthcoming events

Further ahead: events January – April 2023

Most of our day events run from 10am till 3pm, arrival from 9.30am for coffee. Refreshments are included but please bring your own lunch.

We finish by 3pm to ensure everyone has the full benefit of the day’s programme, but participants are welcome to stay beyond this time to enjoy the Centre’s quiet spaces and grounds until 6pm.

Weekly Wednesday Eucharist

Our pattern of 30-minute weekly Wednesday Eucharist services continues throughout the year.
Join us in the Pilgrim Chapel at 12.15 pm, everyone is welcome, no booking required.

St Benedict and Hospitality – 31st January

‘All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35)’ – Benedict’s rule chapter 53.

Hospitality is one of Benedict’s key practices of faith.

We will explore how we are hospitable with one another as well as to the stranger, so we can offer the hospitality of Christ in our communities.

Join us at 9.30 for a 10am start, the day finishes by 3pm. Cost £20.00 including hot drinks. Please bring your own lunch. To book: bookings@stbenedictscentre.org

Candlemas Quiet Day – 2nd February

The first signs of Spring are in the air and there are hints of the days beginning to lengthen.

It is the point where we pause, looking back on the celebrations of Jesus’ coming at Christmas and looking forward, moving towards Jesus’ passion.

We turn from birth towards death and resurrection. At this turning point in the year, we see the light of hope sung by Christmas angels, the light of resurrection in an Easter dawn, and we bless candles which will lighten our darkness…

On this guided Quiet Day we will reflect on the traditions and significance of the festival as we focus on Christ, the light of the world. The day will be led by Rev David Guest.

Join us at 9.30 for a 10am start, the day finishes by 3pm. Cost £20.00 including hot drinks. Please bring your own lunch. To book: bookings@stbenedictscentre.org

The Art of Icons – 7th February

Icons are an ancient form of conveying truths about God through imagery – though in our own times the term icon has become more closely associated with celebrity or electronic device.

For many people the ancient icons are a little like Marmite – we either love them or hate them. Perhaps hate is too strong a word, but in truth we find them hard to understand. They speak a language we do not recognise and so we struggle to interpret them.

This day, led by Rev’d Jane Winter, will invite us into the language of icons. It will involve cutting and sticking, getting creative with icons to help focus on the details that draw us into the holy truth of relationship with God.

All materials will be provided.

Join us at 9.30 for a 10am start, the day finishes by 3pm. Cost £20.00 including hot drinks. Please bring your own lunch. To book: bookings@stbenedictscentre.org

Walking with Jesus – 14th February

‘Love one another as I have loved you.’

On this Valentine’s day we will reflect on what it means to love like Jesus. During our walk we will discover something of the reality of hard-edged love.

We do not promise roses, wine and chocolates. We do offer the opportunity to encounter the God who is love and calls us to love like Jesus.

Prepare to brave the elements on what promises to be a rewarding day! Join us at 9.30 for 10am till 3pm. Cost £20.00 including hot drinks. Please bring your own lunch. To book: bookings@stbenedictscentre.org

Lent course 2023 – starting 22nd February

This year’s Lent course will take place on Wednesdays 9.30 for 10am till 12 and be led by Rev Jane Winter using The Falling of Dusk by Paul Dominiak.

We are invited to explore the seven last words or phrases of Jesus from the Cross through the experience of doubt, taking us to the heart of the humanity of Jesus’ cry: ‘My God My God why have you forsaken me?’

Doubt is a very human condition, which can lead us to God through our questioning. It can hone our faith rather than stand against it.

Future sessions are on 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th March and 5th April. Everyone is welcome to stay for the Eucharist at 12.15pm.

Cost: £20.00 for the whole course, including hot drinks. Please bring your own lunch. To book: bookings@stbenedictscentre.org

Further ahead: Events programme January – April 2023

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