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Chaplaincy & Services | Posted 10.04.2014

Week of Guided Prayer

The Week of Guided Prayer at Stonyhurst begins on Saturday 14th September.

Parents, staff and Rhetoricians (pupils in year 13) are invited to take part. This retreat in daily life is a wonderful opportunity to:
Take time out
Deepen your relationship with God
Discover new ways of praying
Find help with any kind of decision
Discover who you really are
The opening meeting will take place on Saturday 14th September at 11.30am in the Emmaus Centre, when particpants can meet their prayer guide for the week.

If you are a parent and would like to take part, please email the College Lay Chaplain, Miss Sarah Young. s.young@stonyhurst.ac.uk or call 01254 827143

What is a Week of Guided Prayer?
It is a daily time of prayer (aiming at 20—30 minutes) and daily half-hour individual meeting with an experienced prayer guide taking up to one week.

Who is it for?
Anyone who is already Christian and who wants to deepen their prayer life, or someone who is not sure what they believe but is willing to take a risk and seriously explore the reality of God. Either way, it is for any generous soul willing to commit to the elements of the week. We can work with between 6 and 24 participants. It is offered to staff, parents and to Rhetoricians.

What is the programme?
As well as trying to pray for up to half-an-hour each day, reviewing how that prayer time went and meetings with your prayer guide, there are other components of the week. Introductory and closing meetings top and tail the week with helpful suggestions. There will usually be optional workshops too on ways of praying,images of God, discernment/decision making. These are open to non-participants too.

Why do it?
When we are generous, God is more so. Even people who only took part because they felt sorry for their chaplain have got a lot out of the week! We encounter a God who loves and calls us. It can also be a great help in making or confirming decisions, big or small.