Wednesday 25 December, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Christmas Day

“Christmas reveals that heaven is not another place but this place clearly seen. God is already inscribed in nature, the very DNA of each one of us. Love, from the beginning, with its necessary suffering and death, is the very physical structure of an inexorably evolving universe. It is important, therefore, to remember, in this graced perception, that nothing is changed, adjusted. God’s first creation needs no correction. At Incarnation nothing new is added. Nothing – except the sublime new meaning of the familiar, the infinite depth of all that already is. We now know that God has always been the shape and substance of everything. Only the light has changed.” Daniel O’Leary

Join us to celebrate Christmas Day, season of hope, goodwill and fellowship, when we honour the Christ light in everyone.

Led by Laura Dobson. All welcome.

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Sunday 22 December, 10.30 – 11.30 am: Winter Solstice

Underneath the Christian or the Pagan celebrations at this time of year, lies astronomy and the position of this planet in space, whatever that is. This service will reflect on the astronomical mysteries which we perceive as seasons, a time to ponder who we are and where we are.
Led by Hilary Bichovsky. All welcome.

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Friday 20 December, 7 – 8.30 pm: Earth Spirit Circle – Yule / Winter Solstice

Join our informal gathering to celebrate Yule, the festival of reflection and renewal. At this time we pause and listen to our inner wisdom in the stillness, becoming aware of the seeds of our future growth waiting for birth. We welcome the rebirth of the sun at the winter solstice, seeking renewal in our lives by honouring the darkness and the return of the light within.

This year our celebration will have a heathen flavour. We will work with the seasonal energies through meditating, singing, chanting and sharing our insights.
Please feel free to bring poems, songs, stories or other offerings to share with the group.

After the circle celebration we will share seasonal food.
Led by Laura Dobson and Martin Singer. All welcome.

cozy fire in fireplace

Tuesday 3 December, 7.30 – 8.30 pm: Centering Prayer Meditation

Centering prayer originated with Father Thomas Keating, a Trappist monk who was inspired by both Christian contemplative monasticism and Zen Buddhism. It is a form of silent prayer or meditation focused on a sacred word of your choosing. Participants will be invited to choose one of the words of Advent – Hope, Peace, Joy, Love – to work with in the meditation.
Led by Laura Dobson. All welcome.

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