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  • What does (this) summer mean for you?

    July 24, 2020 by

    For many of us, summer used to mean a vacation in the sun. Now it means a staycation. According to the Oxford dictionary, a staycation is ‘a holiday spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions’. Some people are going for the former… Read more

  • New retreat, Grow and Thrive, has been released!

    July 7, 2020 by

    The new online retreat, called ‘Grow and Thrive’, has been released! How do we keep on growing as Christians? How do we thrive and not just survive? This retreat gives you the chance to explore: The ABC of growing in faith – John 15 How to support growth – spiritual practices How to keep thriving… Read more

  • Online retreat on YouTube

    June 3, 2020 by

    The complete online retreat ‘Come and Rest’ is now available on YouTube. Many participants followed the retreat last week. God met with us and led us from worry to worship, from being burdened to entering into his rest! If you missed the retreat, you can take it any time – and I know some participants… Read more

  • Final session of online retreat

    May 28, 2020 by

    Today is our final session of our online retreat, ‘Come and Rest’. We will look at Psalm 131 – where we see the soul as a child at rest on its mother’s lap – as a beautiful illustration of the rest which we were learning about yesterday. You can access the video here. And in… Read more

  • Online retreat session 3

    May 27, 2020 by

    It’s lovely to hear from feedback coming in that God is meeting with different people in different ways – that’s what this retreat is all about. In session 3 today, we will hear the sweet invitation of Jesus to come to him and rest and we will explore together what that rest looks like. Here… Read more

  • Online retreat session 2

    May 26, 2020 by

    We got off to a good start to our online retreat – Come and Rest – yesterday, as we looked at Philippians 4:6-8 together and thought about what the bible says about worry. Today we will look at the biblical character of Hannah and learn how she moved from worry to worship. Here is the… Read more

  • Online retreat – session 1

    May 25, 2020 by

    The online retreat ‘Come and Rest’ goes live today! You can access it on YouTube, using this link – videos will be released each day at 10am BST, Monday – Thursday. The videos will remain on YouTube after that, so you can do the retreat at your own pace, in your own time. You will… Read more

  • ‘Come and Rest’ free online retreat

    May 20, 2020 by

    Covid 19 has brought challenges to us – some specific to our own situations, some common to us all. We have been on a steep learning curve and it has taken its toll. We have suffered many losses and we are grieving. If you are craving some downtime, if you feel you could benefit from… Read more

  • Look after yourself!

    March 21, 2020 by

    Those of you who follow me on social media will know that I have been posting every day for the last 5 days on the subject of ‘How to look after yourself’, in these very uncertain days of COVID 19. I have been using the acrostic SPECS, covering the Social, Physical, Emotional, Cognitive and Spiritual… Read more

  • Overnight Retreat: Grow and Thrive

    January 23, 2020 by

    I love gardening and I get very excited when I see things growing as they were meant to grow. But I’m never very sure what to do when things look like they are dying. In our lives, most of us want to grow and thrive. It’s true in the physical realm (at least we get… Read more

  • Half-day Retreat: Come and Rest

    January 23, 2020 by

    Whatever our age, wherever we live, whatever we work at, whoever our friends are – we all know what stress is. Of course, some level of stress is good. It’s what helps us meet deadlines. But very often we are carrying too much stress in our lives – and it’s good to periodically leave it… Read more

  • Why retreat?

    January 20, 2020 by

    What is a retreat and why would I want to go on one? Put simply, a retreat is an opportunity for you to leave your normal everyday life behind – and take time out with God. But I try to do that anyway – why go away to do it? If you are anything like… Read more

  • Counselling Corner

    January 7, 2020 by

    Suicide is a difficult topic to talk about – and unfortunately it’s been in the news a lot recently. Here are some facts: Suicide is the biggest killer of under 35s in the UK In the last 15 years in Northern Ireland, the suicide rate has increased by 100% Three-quarters are male In Northern Ireland,… Read more

  • Counselling Corner

    January 6, 2020 by

    Today we are looking at Depression. According to the World Health Organisation, depression is the leading cause of disability in the world today. It affects 2-5 per 100 people in the population. But 1 in 5 to 1 in 10 of us will suffer depression at some point in our lives. It’s not for nothing… Read more

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