Here are brief details of events I am involved with in coming months. For more information please click on the links
Seeing in the Dark
Meeting God in times of struggle and uncertainty
Saturday February 16th at the Royal Foundation of St. Katherine's, Limehouse, London
Life is joyful, beautiful and a rich blessing, but also difficult, painful and mysterious. In this day we will draw on imagery from the Christian spiritual tradition to explore the part struggle plays within human growth and our experience of God.
Drawing on the writings of John of the Cross, Julian of Norwich, George Herbert and Gerard Manley Hopkins, the day will explore how our struggles can also become a place of encounter with the resourceful love of God.
Show me the way I should go
Tools for making life choices
Saturday February 23rd at Mount Street Jesuit Centre, London
How do we learn to become more aware of the presence and guidance of God in the midst of daily life?
How do we discern the Spirit when we have to make choices about the work we do, our relationships or our priorities?
The day will explore some different ways we can become more in touch with the Spirit's guidance and the deep desires of our hearts.
Meeting God in the Garden
Seasons of spiritual growth
Monday 25th February to Thursday 28th February
Community of the Resurrection, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, WF14 0BN
In the Bible spiritual growth is likened to the natural development processes of plants, and the part played by gardeners, whether human or divine. In a Year’s Turning will explore four recurring movements of this growth:
· Becoming rooted and grounded in God
· Emerging into being in response to God’s invitation
· Struggling towards abundance through resistance
· Bearing fruit and being willing to fall
These four are movements, not stages. They are seasons that meet us afresh within a lifetime of growing, stirring us once more into abundant life.
Jesus, the teller of parables, invites us to hold the mystery of creation in mind and heart, like seed in the hand of a sower. ‘Look’, he says. ‘See what happens if you are grounded in God’s good soil. Behold the wonder of who you are and what you might become.
A retreat for those seeking a new direction in their lives
Tuesday April 2nd to Thursday April 4th 2019
At Wychcroft House, Bletchingley, Redill, Surrey, RH1 4NE
Led by Christopher Chapman
Choices face us within our relationships, work, and ministry. Sometimes we are aware of a specific choice that is ours to make; at other times what we recognise is the need for change, without seeing where this leads us. Sometimes events jolt us out of our former path and we don’t know how to respond.
Drawing on themes and prayer exercises from the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises this retreat will provide the space and resources to explore new directions, as we become aware of the invitation of the Spirit.
God desires to lead us into our own truth: a truth will set us free and enable our lives to be fruitful.
To book contact Wychcroft House 01883 743041
For information on the content contact Christopher Chapman