United Church hosts spiritual retreat this weekend

The Campbell River United Church is hosting an Introduction to the Welcoming Prayer workshop

The Campbell River United Church is hosting an Introduction to the Welcoming Prayer workshop at the church on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life.

This retreat will provide a clear understanding, through practice, for deepening our relationship with God. It will be helpful for anyone wanting to enrich their meditation practice, but will be most useful to those who have some experience with Centering Prayer or any other Christian meditation method.

The retreat leader is the Rev. Bill Laurie, a United Church minister who is a trained teacher of Centering Prayer and The Welcoming Prayer. The participant’s fee is $30, payable at the beginning of the workshop. Tea and coffee will be provided and participants are asked to bring a bag lunch. Please pre-register with Elaine Julian at 250-830-1654.

The Welcoming Prayer helps us to deepen our relationship with God by consenting in the ordinary activities of our day. It contributes to the process of transformation in Christ initiated in Centering Prayer and helps to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored in the body. The result is a deep, gentle and gradual transformation at the personal level.

For more information about The Welcoming Prayer and Centering Prayer visit the website, www.contemplativeoutreach.org or phone Julian at the number above.

This workshop is hosted by the Adult Christian Education Committee of the Campbell River United Church. The United Church is at the corner of Pinecrest and South Birch, just down the hill from Strathcona Gardens. Sunday morning worship and Sunday School is at 10 a.m.