The Christian season of Advent has traditionally been a time of inward reflection on hope, peace, joy and love. These are the themes offered to us during the four weeks leading up to Christmas. During the service we will explore what this may mean to each of us and how we can use the gifts the season offers on our own spiritual journey.
Led by Sue Cockerill. Starts 10.30 am. All welcome.
The mind is a garden, where we can cultivate thoughts of wisdom and compassion, or illusion and self-aggrandisement. If we align our thoughts with the Mind of Nature we may seek enlightenment, and fulfilment for all beings – the choice is ours. Our spiritual development is in our own hands and hearts.
Join us for an informal gathering to share some of our best loved words and music with each other. Please bring favourite poems, prose, songs, chants, and any other creative offerings for our delight! Piano, guitar, singing bowls and simple frame drums available, but please also feel free to bring your own musical instruments. CD player and Bluetooth speaker also available for recorded music.
This year the Christmas Quiz, compiled by Tom Grimshaw, will take place at Chorlton Central Church at 7.30 pm on Saturday 2 December. All funds will go towards the refugee women’s night shelter. All welcome.
“He shall judge between many peoples and shall decide for strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and none shall make them afraid.” Micah 4:3-4
Join us as we remember those whose lives have been broken and lost in war, and we renew our hopes for peace.
Led by Laura Dobson. Starts 10.30 am. All welcome.
Join us for an uplifting evening of simple song chants from a variety of world traditions interspersed with periods of meditative silence. No experience of singing or meditation required. The acoustics in the space are simply wonderful. All welcome to join in or just to listen and soak up the relaxing atmosphere. Please feel free to bring simple song chants to share with the group.
“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”
From Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
Great spiritual teachers throughout history have emphasized the importance of having compassion for ourselves as well as others in order to live authentically. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
Join us for an exploration of the spirituality of self-acceptance. Led by Laura Dobson and Angela Cooper. Starts 10.30 am. All welcome.