Find some Breathing Space

On Wednesday 6 November at St James’ Cross Roads at 10:15 there will be some more Breathing Space: an informal exploration of stillness in Christian contemplative prayer and meditation.

Refreshments provided.
All welcome!
LIfts can be arranged.
Email anthony.bennett@leeds.anglican.org with any questions,
or phone 01535 279624.

Breathing Space will follow the midweek Eucharist service at St James’ – 9:30 to 10:15. You are more than welcome to come to both the Eucharist and Breathing Space.

There will be 2 sessions of Breathing Space per month going forward, each 45 minutes long with refreshments first. They will be on the First Wednesday 10:15 at St James,’ Cross Roads, and Fourth Sunday 17:00 at St Gabriel’s, Stanbury.

So, the dates for the next 6 sessions are confirmed as:
Wednesday 6 November St James’ 10:15
Sunday 24 November St Gabriel’s 17:00
Wednesday 4 December St James’ 10:15
Sunday 22 December St Gabriel’s 17:00
Wednesday 8 January (moved on a week due to Bank Holiday) St James’ 10:15
Sunday 26 January St Gabriel’s 17:00

There will be a post-Christmas meal and meeting to discuss our new group and the way we all might want to take it forward into next year. Details to follow.

Meditative silent walk

Wednesday 5 June
Meditative Silent Walk at St Ives, Harden
incorporating Evening Prayer.

We’d love you to join us for something a bit different on a long summer evening. Meet at the bottom car park in St Ives estate to begin the walk at 7pm. We will be walking on good paths up to the rocky viewpoint, with the option of a shorter route back or continuing the circular route (3km or 5km) Quiet dogs on leads welcome! If you have any questions, such as details of buses from Keighley, or if you need transport from Keighley please email anthony@keighleyparish.org.

Holy Land reflections

Keighley Shared Church, Wednesday 17th April 7.45-9 15pm, including Compline (Night Prayer).

No need to book, just come along to hear my reflections on my recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land, meditate on scripture as we approach Easter, and pray together as we celebrate the beautiful liturgy of Compline (Night Prayer). For further info please email: anthony@keighleyparish.org.

God’s Abundance

Cunnery Wood in Halifax is my favourite place for spotting the first spring bluebells, and this was the scene this morning – an abundance of bluebells! I’m supposed to be writing an ethics essay today but I’ve decided to enjoy some sunshine this morning while Amy is at her music group. As the bluebells came into view I was reminded of Henri Nouwen’s meditation email for today:

“God is a god of abundance, not a god of scarcity. Jesus reveals to us God’s abundance when he offers so much bread to the people that there are twelve large baskets with leftover scraps (see John 6:5-15), and when he makes his disciples catch so many fish that their boat nearly sinks (Luke 5:1-7). God doesn’t give us just enough. God gives us more than enough: more bread and fish than we can eat, more love than we dared to ask for.

God is a generous giver, but we can only see and enjoy God’s generosity when we love God with all of our hearts, minds, and strength. As long as we say, “I will love you, God, but first show me your generosity,” we will remain distant from God and unable to experience what God truly wants to give us, which is life and life in abundance.”

I couldn’t have put that any better myself. That’s often the case with Henri Nouwen. His wise generous words live on in adundance.

See Henri Nouwen Society Website