2017 Quiet Days programme
BRF Quiet Days are an ideal way of redressing the balance in your busy life: to take time out at a peaceful location, to listen, to reflect, to be silent and to pray, drawing closer to God.
You will find more information about each Quiet Day below or alternatively you can download the Quiet Days programme (PDF). Once you have booked, you will receive a letter from the Events administrator to confirm your booking. If you have any questions, please contact us. You will receive directions to the venue and further information for the Quiet Day two weeks in advance of the day.
All Quiet Days cost £30.00 and include lunch. Please give the names of all attendees and details of any dietary requirements in the comments box if booking online.
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At the beginning of Lent, we'll gather to explore the theme of the living cross and how, through it, God gives us the gifts of forgiveness and new life. We'll look at stories from the Old Testament and the New, reacquainting ourselves with forgiveness - which is such a basic tenet of our faith that we may take it for granted. The aim of the day is that we come to see and experience the living power of the cross, at which we exchange our hurtful thoughts and actions for God's love, grace and forgiveness. There will be plenty of time for silence and reflection.More info Add to basket
In the first session we will explore what God's kingdom is like, with time for personal reflection on some of the roadblocks we encounter as we long for God's kingdom to come. In the second session the focus is on seeking God's kingdom in our own lives. The day ends as we consider how God might be inviting us as individuals to collaborate with him as we pray 'Your kingdom come' for those around us. There will be time to reflect on our personal priorities and to ask God for direction.More info Add to basket
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We will meet together three times during the day, to look at some of the gardens in the Bible as well as reflecting on how we find God in the 'gardens' of our own lives. If the weather is kind, there will be plenty of time to be alone in the lovely Pleshey garden or walk in the surrounding countryside.More info Add to basket
More than anyone else, Francis of Assisi was responsible for enabling Christians to recover a long-lost and profound sense of the humanity of Jesus. This Quiet Day uses a range of pictures, from the medieval to the Renaissance and beyond, to explore the nativity, passion and resurrection of the one who truly took on our human flesh. As we join with Francis to look on him who was born, died and rose again for us, the Holy Spirit will deepen us in our prayer life and in our faith.More info Add to basket
On this day we will consider some of the reasons why many con- temporary clergy are under such pressure and some are experiencing burn-out. Do we need to radically rethink our model of ministry? During this day of reflection, Ian will help us to explore how we can recapture the contemplative heart of ministry. This Quiet Day is not just for church leaders, but for anyone who wants to live and minster from a place of contemplation.More info Add to basket
Learning to pay attention to God is one of the main ways by which we are able to grow spiritually and enjoy a deeper relationship with him. Yet, in a busy world, we often find ourselves distracted and preoccupied so that we lose our awareness of the Father's presence and fail to hear his voice. By looking at various Bible passages, Tony will help us sharpen our spiritual sense so that we can become more in tune with the lover of our souls. There will also be times of reflective worship and the opportunity for personal time with God.More info Add to basket
How do we help ourselves and others to approach older age and its inevitable diminishments with some equanimity, confidence and expectation? What might be the means of developing enough resilience and optimism to become like 'a tree planted by water', whose 'leaves shall stay green'? (Jeremiah 17:8, NRSV).More info Add to basket
The pilgrim heart is at the centre of much of Christ's teaching. The insights and reflections offered in this Quiet Day have their roots in an experience of physical pilgrimage, but are designed to help us in our daily spiritual journeys, wherever they are.More info Add to basket
Advent is the season of hope and the expectation of wonder. The reality for many of us, though, is that joy, peace and hope get sidelined in the stress of preparations for Christmas. However, as the newborn in the manger shows us, hope can be found even in the most unexpected places. This Quiet Day will be a chance to pause and refocus on the wonderful expectation that we have in Christ, through reflections, art, quiet time and worship, making space to allow that hope to rise up in our hearts again.More info Add to basket