01904 464 900
St Bede's Pastoral Centre
York

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ST BEDE'S PASTORAL CENTRE
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

SUMMER 2018

Our Summer Programme of Events is available to download
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The days are getting longer, Spring flowers are emerging and buds are beginning to open—a new season is upon us.
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Having taken some time for review, we are progressing well with the work of forward planning here at St. Bede’s.
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St. Bede's has established strong roots and solid form as it has grown and evolved over the many years and phases of its development. In the coming months we will continue to reflect on how to honour and healthily cultivate the established structure whilst also allowing opportunity for fresh buds to emerge, for new connections to be made and for new possibilities and potentials to present themselves.
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We will be introducing a new annual programme after the Summer with familiar and new additions. Work on the chapel and garden projects is progressing as is the office/reception area refurbishment and the establishment of the new library and resource room. Our gratitude for your patience as we make these changes.
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To close this Summer programme and celebrate the fruits of the year, in collaboration with the Friend’s of St. Bede’s we will host a Strawberry Tea Fundraiser from 2pm - 4pm on Sunday 1st July. We hope to see you there and look forward to sharing more of our future hopes and plans.
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Julia and all at St Bede’s
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We hope you will find something of interest to you in this new term’s programme.
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All sessions start at the time stated but you are welcome to come earlier for coffee – tea, coffee, juice and biscuits are included in the price. Lunch can be bought in the Bar Convent Café (or ordered in from the café by our admin staff for you to eat in our coffee lounge). Alternatively, you can bring your own lunch to eat in our lounge. Length of lunchtimes will vary.
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We suggest a donation for each event but no-one should feel excluded for financial reasons so please enquire and offer what you can. There are also some bursary funds available for our longer courses.
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ST BEDE’S SPEAKER EVENTS 2018 AT A GLANCE
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Event and Speaker Date Time Suggested
Donation
Prayer in Older Years
Bishop David Smith
Friday 20th April 10.30am to 1pm £8
Freedom of Voice
Lucy Castro
Saturday 5th May 2pm to 4pm £8
Singing for the Soul
Richard Safhill
Saturday 19th May 10am to 12pm £8
Hidden Message of Tender Love
Sr Agnese CJ
Tuesday 22 May 10am to 3pm £15
A Creative Path in Prayer
Stevy Reilly
Saturday 26 May 10.30am to 4pm £15
The Evolutionary Power of Love
Julia MacDonald
Tuesday 29 May 10am to 4pm £15
Exploring the Labyrinth
Bronwen Gray
Friday 8 June 10am to 3pm £15
‘Living Streams’: Taster Day
Dorothy & David Littlewood
Saturday 16 June 10am
to 4pm
£15
Reflective Walk: Gregory’s Minster
Sue Tite
Saturday 23 June 10:30 start £8
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PRAYER AND THE SPIRITUAL LIFE IN OLDER YEARS
with Bishop David
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Friday 20 April 10.30am - 1pm
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Cost £8
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People are living longer and in later years we face many challenges. These may include bereavement, personal health and feeling no longer valued (including by the Church). How do we react to and cope with these changes? Bishop David will offer his thoughts and invites others to share their experience.
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David Smith, formerly Bishop of Bradford, lives in York. He is interested in what people believe "deep down" and what shapes their lives.
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FREEDOM OF VOICE
with Lucy Castro
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Saturday 5 May 2pm - 4pm
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Cost £8
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Even though most of us use our voice every day, we often have a undiscovered relationship with it. We often fear its power or how it will be received if we allow it out. Once we open up and allow our voice to just be what it is and naturally wants to be, we can begin to explore the fullness of that sound.
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Lucy is a singer/songwriter and natural voice practitioner. Her work enables people to free their innate sound, either in groups & one on one. Drawing on ancient traditions, toning, chant and the healing power of sound, she believes in the value of bringing people together to vocalise, sing and create harmony.
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SINGING FOR THE SOUL
with Richard Safhill
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Saturday 19 May 10am - 12pm
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Cost £8
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Enjoy meeting and working with others in a workshop exploring the spiritual aspects of singing and making music. Songs will include African traditional music and pop songs with a spiritual leaning, alongside pieces from the Taizé community, traditional hymns and Quaker songs.
Richard enjoys working with people to increase their musical confidence and skills. A trained classical guitarist, he has had a varied career as a performer, working with orchestras and touring as a soloist and ensemble player and is currently training to be a Counsellor.
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HIDDEN MESSAGE OF TENDER LOVE
with Sister Agnese Jenčíková CJ
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Tuesday 22 May 10am - 3pm
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Cost £15
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An invitation to a day of prayer enjoying God´s gentle presence and contemplating his wonders in the beauty of nature through Sister Cecilia Goodman‘s exceptional photographs.
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Sister Agnese Jenčíková CJ is a member of the Slovak Province of the Congregation of Jesus. Her particular interests are Ignatian spirituality, scripture, centering prayer and other creative ways of praying.
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AN INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING A PATH TO GOD
with Stevy Reilly
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Saturday 26 May 10.30am – 4pm
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Cost £15
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There is no need to be ‘good at drawing’ or ‘arty’ to participate in this creative prayer process. The day will offer an introductory approach to using and creating images within prayer based on Stevy’s experience of and training in Ignatian Spirituality and as a Counsellor/Psychotherapist .
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Alongside his Ignatian and therapeutic training, Stevy is trained specifically in the use of art in therapy.
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THE EVOLUTIONARY POWER OF LOVE
with Julia MacDonald
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Tuesday 29 May 10 - 4pm
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Cost £15
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“Love is a sacred reserve of energy; it is like the blood of spiritual evolution” -Teilhard de Chardin
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During the day, drawing on insights of Teilhard de Chardin and others, we will reflect on our human capacity for ‘love’ and explore its contribution to the ongoing unfolding of God’s creative action in the world. The day will include some input, space for personal reflection and opportunity for creative response.
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Julia enjoys creatively exploring and engaging with ‘contemporary edges’ of faith.
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EXPLORING THE LABYRINTH
with Bronwen Gray & Julia MacDonald
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Friday 8 June 10am - 3pm
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Cost £15
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We will learn about the origins of labyrinths and the many different ways they can be used. We will make our own labyrinths using a range of different materials. During the day there will be opportunities for labyrinth walking with personal and shared reflection on the experience.
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Bronwen works as a mental health chaplain at The Retreat in York. She has made labyrinths in a range of settings with a range of different groups and is passionate about the potential of the labyrinth to deepen our spiritual exploration and enable the creation of an inclusive, sacred space.
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‘LIVING STREAMS’ - TASTER DAY
with Dorothy & David Littlewood & Julia MacDonald
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Saturday 16 June 10am - 4pm
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Cost £15
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This ‘Living’ Streams’ Taster Day is for those who: are living on the ‘edge of the inside’ of their faith communities; feel drawn to contemporary expressions of faith; are exploring ‘emerging’ church; may not currently be following any particular faith path but are aware that something deeper and greater than their current life and spiritual experience is beckoning them to come and explore the ‘more’ with others of a like mind. During the day we will explore and reflect together on some of the above themes in anticipation of establishing regular group meetings from the Autumn.
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Dorothy is a graduate of the Living School programme of the Centre for Action & Contemplation in New Mexico. She works as a Spiritual Director and Retreat Facilitator. For over 30 years David has been a local Church Senior Leader, Pastor, and Ecumenical Advisor. He now works as a Spiritual Director and Retreat Giver.
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Reflective Walks with Sue Tite
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St. GREGORY’S MINSTER– A WALK IN KIRKDALE
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Saturday 23 June 10.30am start
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Cost £8
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Download a leaflet here or pick up one at St Bede’s
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A delightful walk through the wooded valley of Hodge Beck in Kirkdale. You are warmly invited to enjoy some ‘time out’ to experience the peace of this beautiful place and to visit St Gregory’s Minster. Contemplative walking is an ancient practice and can give new insights into the ordinary.
Participants will need to be reasonably fit – able to walk about 3 miles – and have suitable clothing and footwear for the Yorkshire weather. You may wish to bring a light lunch for after our walk.
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We will meet in the car park near the Minster at 10.30am (Grid reference SE 677857 Nearest postcode YO62 7HF). Follow the small sign off the A170 just to the east of Nawton. Coming from Nawton continue straight on along the unclassified road when the A170 bears right. Continue straight on at the next 2 road junctions and bear left at the fork to find the Minster.
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Sue Tite is a retired teacher and throughout her life she has used walking in the countryside to encounter God in calm places with space and time for silence, prayer and meditation.
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ST BEDE’S REGULAR DROP-IN EVENTS 2018 AT A GLANCE

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Event and Speaker Date Time Donation
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
Overseen by Sr Agnese CJ
Mondays 09/04, 07/05 & 04/06 in the Chapel 5.20pm - 6pm Free
Lectio Divina
Sr Agnese CJ
Mondays 23/04, 21/05 & 18/06 in the Chapel 5.20pm - 6.15pm £3
Examen
Sr Agnese CJ
Mondays 30/04, 28/05 & 25/06 in the Chapel 5.30pm - 6.pm £2
Taizé in English
Sr Agnese CJ
Tuesdays 01/05 & 05/06 in the Chapel 7.30pm - 8.30pm £3
Taizé in Italian
Sr Agnese CJ
Wednesdays 02/05 & 06/06 in the Library 7.15pm - 8.15pm £3
Prayer through Poetry
Mark Russell-Smith
Tuesdays 24/04, 15/05 & 19/06 10.30am -12.30pm £5
Well-being sessions
Anne Harrison
Mondays 09/04, 16/04, 23/04, 30/04, 21/05, 04/06, 18/06 & 25/06 1pm-2:30pm £5

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REGULAR DROP-IN EVENTS

Prayer in the style of the Taizé community (English + Italian evenings) - a meditative space in candlelight with distinctive prayer chants, Scripture passages and the writings of Brother Roger of Taizé
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Eucharistic Adoration & Meditation - a silent prayerful space to sit and quietly and meditate on the exposed sacrament
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Lectio /Visio/Audio Divina - guided meditations using an ancient monastic prayer form, Lectio Divina (meditative reading), and inspirational images and music
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Guided Examen - opportunity to be guided through the Ignatian ‘Prayer of Examen’, a practice which helps us to reflect on how and where we are experiencing the life of God in our everyday experience
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Prayer through Poetry - reflective sessions, working with themes such as Peace, Truth and Beauty, which offer a space to taste the gift that poetry can bring in opening up our experience of prayer.
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NEW! Wellbeing sessions - a gentle introduction to simple spiritual practices from different traditions to promote healing, healthy balance and effective self-care.
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PRAYER THROUGH POETRY
with Rev'd Mark Russell-Smith
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Tuesdays 24/04, 15/05 & 19/06
10.30am - 12.30pm

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Cost £5 per session
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These sessions are for anyone, familiar with poetry or not, who would like to explore different pathways through praying. We will look at a variety of poetry on different themes offering a space to taste the gift that poetry can bring in opening up our experience of prayer.
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Mark is a retired Anglican priest who served most of his working life in the North of England but spent almost 10 years helping to train Christian workers in the Anglican church of Kenya. He enjoys gardening, walking and reading and is still a learner in praying.
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WELLBEING SESSIONS
with Anne Harrison
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Mondays 09/04, 16/04, 23/04, 30/04, 21/05, 04/06, 18/06, 25/06
1pm - 2.30pm
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Cost £5
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All of us from time to time would like to be as well as we can be, physically, mentally, spirituality and emotionally. The gentle exercises and simple techniques taught in these sessions are simple but effective in healing and self-care.
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Anne Harrison is a regular contributor at St Bede's, offering spiritual accompaniment to others. Anne is qualified in therapeutic and energy work.
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IGNATIAN SPIRITUALITY AT ST BEDE’S
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We offer various days, workshops and training courses specifically based on Ignatian spirituality for those who are interested in learning more, and also for those who are working as spiritual directors.
Please see the
ignatian-spirituality section of this website for more details
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REGULAR GROUPS AND PRAYER GROUPS WHO MEET AT ST BEDE’S
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York Justice & Peace Group: a group interested in a wide variety of justice issues. Meet at 7.30pm second Monday each month (but not April or August).
Contact Nan Saeki 01904 783621
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Christian Meditation: an ancient form of contemplative prayer, seeking God in stillness and silence. Every Wednesday 8.00 - 9.00pm.
Contact St Bede’s for more details.
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City Prayer: a group of enthusiastic people who meet to pray & sing together. Mondays 7.30pm.
Contact David Copeland 01904 330608
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The York Sangha: Zen Buddhism in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn, following his emphasis on mindfulness. Every Monday from 7pm to 9pm.
Contact Lauri 07826198656, e-mail lari.bower@gmail.com
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CHURCH SERVICES
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Eucharistic Service 4.45pm on Monday and Mass at 12 noon on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at St Joseph’s (care unit for elderly sisters to rear of St. Bede’s). St Bede’s staff will be happy to escort you. Mass at 12 noon on Fridays is celebrated in the Chapel at the Bar Convent (17 Blossom Street).
Please ring 01904 464900 to confirm if you do not attend regularly.

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If you are able, please consider whether you can support the work of St. Bede’s with regular giving, one-off donations or contributions to our Bill Broderick Bursary Fund.
Contact the office for more information on 01904 464900.
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For more details on any of the above or if you are interested in attending or participating please contact the St Bede’s office (details below)
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St Bede’s Pastoral Centre
21 Blossom Street, York YO24 1AQ.
t: 01904 464900
e: admin@stbedes.org.uk
w: www.stbedes.org.uk
Registered Charity: 298970