Student retreat day

Last week on Wednesday, our residential ordinands and independent students participated in a spiritual retreat day together.

Students could choose from among eight options for the day, led by a mix of faculty and students. Options included a Franciscan walk through Leigh Woods with Revd Dr Howard Worsley, a cycling pilgrimage with Bristol Baptist College tutor Revd Dr Peter Hatton, time spent listening to God and learning about prophetic prayer at the beach in Clevedon with Revd Dr Helen Collins, a time of meditation on Scripture using the art of Bible journalling with student Amy White, a day following the structures of the Taize Community in France with student Luke Aylen, a day at Bristol Baptist College meditating on and singing the Psalms, or a two-day hiking trip in the Brecon Beacons led by students Becky Taylor and Nathanael Worsley.

“The retreat day came at a time where there is a lot going on between essays, curacy conversations, other responsibilities,” says ordinand Nic Harris, who spent the day in Clevedon. “To stop and have a day gaining a little of God’s perspective on things was like drinking up water for the soul! Sitting by the river physically, an expanse of beautiful water in front of me whilst sheltered by the rocks reminded me in a very real way how God’s grace is so vast and extravagant, and it is more than enough! To then come back and have someone tell me that they had been listening to God for me, and give me words that were so spot on for my situation–it was a very precious day!”

Some of our students have shared images from the day…

 

 

Posted February 2020

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