Armchair Retreat

Seeking retreat in an anxious and frantic age is becoming popular — and understandably so! But while many of us yearn for respite from the pressures and distractions of modern life, it’s quite hard to know where to start.

On first Wednesdays of the month, we’re hosting a time of quiet centring when we can learn to allow room in our heads for silence and peace — Armchair Retreats. We have simple centring exercises to help this work, and all is done in the context of Jesus, ‘Emanuel’ — God with us.

This is suitable for all, whether you’re a Jesus follower or not, or whether you’re a mindful starter or not. If you just want some quiet space and an encouraging environment, why not give it a try?

First Wednesday of each month from 10:00 to 12:00, and includes time for good coffee and relaxed conversation. At a home in Colchester. Call 01206 622712 for more info.

Table Talk Sunday 10 November

Meeting at the table to chat and eat together is one of the most important thing we can do in a time of political and social anxiety. Here’s space to bless one another by just listening without demanding the ‘right’ answers, and without needing to compete or to win an argument. This is when we start to hear from God in each other, and when God’s healing and peaceful presence can do its wonderful work. Starts 13:00, bring something tasty to share. Call 01206 622712 for more details and venue.

community meal

Celebrating life over death

This is the season of ‘All Souls’ in the Christian calendar. It’s a celebration of the victory of life over death and good over evil that we believe Jesus — “image of the invisible God” — brought about through his teaching, execution and resurrection.

Particularly it remembers those for whom Jesus has been an inspiration to live differently in a violent, greedy and individualistic world, and in extreme cases, at the cost of their lives.

But we can all point to ordinary people in our own experience who have provided a loving an creative influence on us. These people may not have been successful in the world’s terms but they brought something deeply positive and life-giving to our souls.

So celebrate such people with us today. And then let’s ask what kind of legacy we ourselves are leaving with those around us — particularly younger people. We might naturally feel at a loss regarding this, but that’s fine because it’s when the healing and saving love of Jesus can get to work our souls!