What is a Retreat in Daily Life?
It is a daily time of prayer (aiming at 30 minutes) and daily half-hour individual meeting with an experienced prayer guide.
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 searching person willing to commit to the elements of the week.
What is the programme?
As well as trying to pray for half-an-hour each day, reviewing how that prayer time went and 4 or 5 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 be workshops too and these are open to non-participants.
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.
Will it affect my studies or work?
Yes and no. The retreat runs alongside your normal week, however, so you won’t miss any lectures, seminars or housework responsibilities. Sorry. You may need to spend less time on Facebook, going out or watching TV in order to make the space for prayer.
But I don’t know how to pray?
Join the club! Not a problem. That’s a great start. Come and see!
Will I be asked to do anything embarrassing?
The circle dancing and chanting are important parts of the retreat . . . No you won’t be asked to do anything embarrassing. The week is challenging enough. In the group sessions there is usually some discussion and simple sharing.
To book your space, contact Alex Albans, Chaplaincy Coordinator at alex dot albans at warwick dot ac dot uk