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Deacon' diary: What is a Quiet Day?

· by tinalightfoot | Oct. 26, 2022, 11:34 a.m.

I'm sounding out how many people from our community would be interested in attending a quiet day during Advent on the theme of healing. A number of people have asked me what exactly is a 'Quiet Day'? A very good question. It's pretty much what it says on the tin i.e. a day when we can get away, both physically and spiritually, from the hustle and bustle of our everyday life and spend time praying, meditating, reflecting or simply 'wasting time' with God. Many quiet days may have a theme and the facilitator will offer a framework for the day including optional activities. Quiet days are for everyone, no prior knowledge is required, just a desire to spend time allowing God to speak to you.  What constitutes a day? I hear you ask. Again, a very good question, the answer to which will vary but in our case, I expect …

Deacon's Diary: October 22

· by tinalightfoot | Oct. 17, 2022, 1:02 p.m.

I can hardly believe that I have now been ordained for over three months and this is my first entry of what I am hoping will be a regular blog. Immediately after my ordination I was laid up with Covid. This was very humbling as until then I had escaped and was beginning to believe I was invincible.... no such luck! Once recovered from the dreaded virus I then had to hunker down and write five assignments in order to complete my certificate in theology, mission and ministry. By then I was more than ready for a holiday not having had one for three years. And so, I find myself in October and already three months into my curacy, It's been full on but great fun and so much to learn. It is such a joy to be able to spend time with my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. …

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