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Spirituality

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.

For further information about events in the parish, and elsewhere, please check with e-news. To sign up for e-news or to contact the Parish Office call 020 7221 3548.

Further information

Christian Meditation three times a term Come and explore silent prayer, how to find stillness, meditating on the Bible, and how to meditate on the ups and downs of daily life. There is a long tradition of Christian meditation that starts with Jesus’ time spent alone in the desert. Each one hour session will help us be silent and still before God. Silent prayer is based on learning to trust that God does love and accept us just as we really are amidst all the ups and downs of daily life.

Until 4 December, there was a special time of prayer, from 7.30 – 8.00 pm each Monday at St Clement’s church, Treadgold St, W11 4BP. Fr Andrew and Margaret ran the vigil since summer. Many thanks to all they have done. Our usual monthly Monday Christian Meditation will follow in the New Year. Dates will be advertised soon.

Study Course A day time study course ran 11.00 am – 12 noon at St James, on Wednesdays 8 November, 15 November, 22 November and 29 November. A Lent course will follow the same pattern in 2018.

Quiet Morning A morning of reflection was held on Saturday 18 November at the Imperial College New Chaplaincy Multi-Faith Centre, 10 Princes Gardens, SW7 1NA: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm. Led by Fr Andrew Willson. An Eastertide morning will be offered in 2018.