During a Gathering in St. Albans, one of the Bible texts we were considering was 2 Corinthians 5:17 where the apostle Paul declares that if anyone is in Christ – “new creation!” So, as a creative response following on from the Eucharist, those present at the Gathering were invited in turn to add their marks to a painting which started with a single dot in the middle of the canvas.
The theme of our Community Weekend was Return to the Heart
Companion and Chair of Trustees Charlotte Wright prepared our reflective space on this theme in the chapel at Felden Lodge, Hemel Hempstead
Photos Ann Worrall
‘Why I’m here’: Celebrating the positives in Contemplative Fire
The following questions were asked during a Community Weekend event:
What are the things we need to nurture in Contemplative Fire?
Why am I here today?
What do I love about Contemplative Fire?
Participants answered variedly:
The community extends a warm welcome to anyone who would like to share in contemplative worship and discover more about the reflective dimension of Christian faith. There are regular Gatherings following the ancient patterning of the Eucharist that seeks to re-imagine in language and symbol the Christian story, celebrating the festivals and creativity, giving opportunity to experience contemplative prayer and conviviality through shared stillness, and song and so build community.
Agape Gathering at St Mary’s Church, Wendover
Charlotte writes: ‘We were blessed with a beautiful evening for our Agape picnic Gathering at Wendover on 12th August 2012. The theme was ‘Food for the journey’ and the Gathering saw us chanting and processing to our picnic table as we reflected on this theme before enjoying our shared meal together.’