Notices – March 2014

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Notices – March 2014

Contemplative Prayer Retreat

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Community of St Aidans, Presbyterian Church,

97 Onewa Road, Northcote

8:45 am – 1:00 pm

Bring and share lunch

Want to know what Contemplative Prayer is about?

Want to deepen your knowledge and understanding of Contemplative Prayer?

Then come and join us!

The retreat will consist of the teaching of Cynthia Bourgeault on “Ways of the Heart” in three video sessions, each approximately 1 hour in length.  There will be also be a 20 minute practical session of Contemplative Prayer.

We will end the morning by having a Bring and share lunch together.

Who is Cynthia Bourgeault?

Cynthia is the principal teacher and advisor to the Contemplative Society. She is an Episcopal priest, a retreat leader, a teacher of prayer and the writer of several books on spiritual life. She is passionately committed to the recovery of the Christian contemplative path.


These videos of the course were made in 2012.We have the kind permission of Cynthia Bourgeault and of Robert A. Jonas, Ed.D, Founder and Director of The Empty Bell, a sanctuary for Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, to use them for this retreat.

Contact person: Helene Muller      Tel: 09 480 9146

World Day of Prayer – Friday 7 March 2014

World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement for informed prayer and prayerful actin.   For over 80 years services have been held around the world on the first Friday of March.  Overall it is administered by an International Committee in New York.  In New Zealand, a national committee is based in Christchurch –

Each year the celebration comes from a different country – the theme is chosen and the service prepared by the women of that country’s World Day of Prayer committee.  This year’s service comes from Egypt and has the theme, Streams in the Desert’.

In New Zealand, there will be around 250 services organised by local interdenominational groups – you are warmly invited.

The service in Northcote will be held at:

St Aidans Church

97 Onewa Road, Northcote

Friday 7 March – 10.30am

Followed by a shared lunch


Beginning Experience Weekend

Widowed, Separated or Divorced?

The Beginning Experience is a well-established, international support programme with the motto “Weekend Away for a Lifetime of Change”.  A retreat designed to help people work through their painful loss and move towards a gentle closure.  In the programme of presentations, personal private reflection and small group sharing, participants find a new hope for the future, increased emotional health and renewed energy.

Starts Friday evening 25-27 April. Cost $300 includes accommodation and meals.

For a registration form visit or contact Nicola (09)523-0014, Bev (09)298-9943 or David 027-440-2105.