St Clement and St James supports adults who wish to deepen their knowledge and understanding of faith in a variety of ways:
Through regular meetings of Christian meditation, and an annual quiet day, pilgrimage or weekend retreat.
Through a termly programme: Lent groups in the spring, Confirmation and/or Enquirer groups in the summer, and a taught course or Advent reflection in the autumn. The Calendar and Events page on the green footer (http://www.stclementjames.org.uk/events/) has forthcoming opportunities, both here and elsewhere. You will see that Churches Together in Notting Hill has nine prayer lunches a year. We are also fortunate in having the Sion Centre for Encounter and Dialogue nearby http://www.sistersofourladyofsion.org/. We try to promote their events, which usually focus on the relationship between Christianity and Judaism.
Why not try online prayer resources? For instance, www.pray-as-you-go.org has a guided reflection for each day. After a few moments of calming music, we are led to hear a reading, and invited to consider how we might apply this to to our own lives. The short, contemplative exercise concludes as we offer the day to God. The same page also has an eight minute guided review for use in the evening. For those who wish to use the Church of England services of daily prayer, go to daily.commonworship.com/daily.cgi?today_mp=1 (morning) or http://daily.commonworship.com/daily.cgi?today_ep=1 (evening). These acts of worship are more word-based, but are easy to follow, including psalms, readings, canticles and prayers. Or why not visit the Taize website? See the link under Contact Us. At the bottom of the MP3 and Podcasts page (http://www.taize.fr/en_article681.html) we can open up files of beautiful live chanting. These can be used either on their own, or in conjunction with other prayer resources – for example www.sacredspace.ie/daily-prayer. Many of us find it difficult to establish a pattern of daily prayer, but there are many accessible online resources, attuned to the need we all have to find a few moments of peace with God.