Merton Spiritual Formation Group

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Preaching hope for Lent and Good Friday

Thursday 24 February, 10.00am-12.00noon, Zoom, free, or
Thursday 24 February, 7.30-9.30pm, Zoom, free

An opportunity to look together at the lectionary passages that will feature during Lent and on Good Friday this year. It will focus on how we can approach this season in a struggling world with realism but without despair. This collaborative workshop is led by the Revd Dr Raewynne Whiteley, who is Deputy Director of Discipleship and Lay Ministry. This session is being offered twice so that as many preachers as possible, both lay and ordained, can attend.

To book your place, email ministryandtraining@southwark.anglican.org. State whether you wish to attend the morning or evening session.


Praying with the Psalms

Monday 28 February, 7.30-9.00pm, Zoom, free

This is the first of a new series of events focussed on enriching our spirituality. The ‘Praying with …’ series sometimes introduces a person from the two thousand years of Christian history whose life of prayer has inspired others to open themselves to God. Sometimes it takes a part of the Bible and uses that as a way into prayer. Sometimes it looks at a prayerful movement from the past or present and explores the inspiration to be found there.

But always the emphasis is not just on learning, but on praying together in varied and enlivening ways. We will meet not just with a teacher, but with Father, Son and Spirit, in contemplation, intercession and worship.

For the first of the series, Peter Graystone, the diocesan Lay Training Officer, will help us pray with the psalms. There will be praise, lament, relaxed contentment and honest anger.

To book your place, e-mail ministryandtraining@southwark.anglican.org


Ground Floor Guide to Revelation

Monday 7 March, 8.00-9.00pm, Zoom, free

The second of this year’s Ground Floor Guides – hour-long basic introductions to people, places and parts of the Bible. This one is about the Book of Revelation, the last and most intriguing book of the Bible.

Peter Graystone, the Lay Training Officer, will introduce the book and the characters we encounter there. He will examine some of the ways that, over the years, theologians have sought its meaning. The style of writing of Revelation is called apocalyptic and was once familiar but now seems mysterious. It was usually composed during times of suffering and always pointed to hope. So this is a book for our times.

To book your place, e-mail ministryandtraining@southwark.anglican.org


Praying with Julian of Norwich

Tuesday 15 March, 7.30-9.00pm, Zoom, free

In the late 14th century a devout woman, living in isolation, survived a life-threatening illness and wrote a book called Revelations of Divine Love. It has never been out of print and has inspired every succeeding generation of Christians into prayer, into meditation and into silence. Her name is Julian of Norwich.

This evening event will bring you some information about Julian’s life and work, but the focus will be on prayer and contemplation. It will be led online by the Revd Cynthia Jackson and Charlotte Ennis, of the Wimbledon Julian Meeting. This will be an encouraging and enlightening event, and ‘all shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.’

To book your place, e-mail ministryandtraining@southwark.anglican.org


Ground Floor Guide to St Benedict

Wednesday 23 March, 8.00-9.00pm, Zoom, free

A short introduction to the life and enduring influence of St Benedict. Benedict of Nursia lived in the 6th century and founded monasteries in Italy. The Rule of Saint Benedict instructed monks how to live, work and pray in Christian community, and is one of the most influential Christian texts of all time. Pope Benedict XVI, who took his name, described him as the man who helped Europe ‘escape from the dark night of history’ that followed the collapse of the Roman Empire. There is an immense amount that Christians today can learn from him.

The session is led by the Revd Jeremy Clark-King who, as IME2 lead, helps Southwark Diocese curates grow in their ministries.

To book your place, e-mail ministryandtraining@southwark.anglican.org

Groups meet throughout the Anglican Churches in Merton. In every church each week people meet to pray, to meditate and to worship in a variety of ways and through different Christian spiritual practices. These groups are open to everyone and at each church you will find a friendly and encouraging welcome.

Prayer and Meditation
activities in
Merton Deanery

Re-read Dr Raewynne Whiteley’s powerful Eucharist on ‘grace’ in challenging times, taken from the Eucharist service at the Merton Spiritual Formation Group Quiet Day on 20 November 2021, held at St Matthew’s Church SW20.

‘ When the world goes wrong; reclaiming the power of lament and hope’.

Meditation

Soulscape

First Thursday of each month at
7.30 pm

Zoom live-streaming is available.


St Matthew’s Church
London SW20 0DE

Soulscape has one aim: to enable you to connect with God. Through meditative music, silence, and simple prayers.

Further details from Rev’d Nils Bersweden email:
nils.bersweden@stmaryswimbledon.org;


The Meditation Group meets at 7.00pm each Wednesday evening.  

We follow the methods of the World Community of Christian Meditation (WCCM) founded by John Mann.  
Each session starts with a short teaching about meditation, a centring exercise and 20 minutes of silent meditation.  

Christ Church
London SW19 2NY



Everyone is welcome, whether you have experience of meditation or not. The sessions last for 30-40 minutes.


Cell Group of the Society of Our Lady of Walsingham has a
bi-monthly Mass on a Saturday at 12 noon. Email allsaintschurchsw19@gmail.com for dates of forthcoming services.

This group also organises an annual pilgrimage to Walsingham.

All Saints Church
South Wimbledon
SW19 1BU

The dedicated page is on the parish website at
https://allsaintschurchsouthwimbledon.com/our-organisations/walsingham-cell/


A small Rosary Group meets on the first Sunday of the month at 6.00pm to pray the Rosary.


A Julian Meeting is a group of three or more people who meet regularly for silent Christian contemplative prayer.

There are two Julian Meetings in our Deanery.

One at 7.00pm on the second Wednesday of each month at
Mitcham Parish Church (St Peter & St Paul CR4 4LD).

The other is the St Mary’s Julian Silent Prayer Group which is a well established group that meets on the first Thursday of each month between 11.30 – 12.30 pm.

Anyone wishing to join either St Mary’s Julian Silent Prayer Group or The Julian Café should contact Charlotte Ennis, email: charlotte.ennis@gmail.com.  All are warmly welcome.

Our aim is simply to deepen our spiritual understanding and help to give us courage to live with a wider breadth of that experience.

The Julian Cafe brings people together for a fortnightly meeting that takes place online on a Tuesday morning between 10 am – 11 am.

Each session brings together a mix of contemplative prayer and a faith-based theme taken from the Bible or an extract from Mthr Julian herself. The group is encouraged to choose the subject matter of the theme that leads the conversation in ways that are reflected in our everyday lives.
Why not come and join the conversation?

Finding the peace that we seek…

Contact

Merton Spiritual Formation

Should you have any questions or perhaps you might like to get involved with the activities of the Merton Formation and Spirituality Group, please

complete the contact form addressed to the Merton Spiritual Formation Group Leader:

Rev’d Alison Judge
Priest in Charge
Christ Church
London
SW19 2NY


We aim to respond as soon is possible.


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