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  • 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

  • Come to the table

    February 22, 2020 by

    At this day retreat, we will be thinking about three tables: king David’s table (to which he invited the grandson of his enemy, Saul); the bird table (which reminds us of the extravagant provision of God for us) and the Lord’s table (which helps us to focus on the love of Jesus for us). Here’s… Read more

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