Dear Aig Fois friend
At the end of the recent Retreat in Daily Life there was a heartfelt request to consider running this course again in Galloway. For those of you who don’t know, this is a personal development course which aims to help participants develop and deepen their experience of prayer and nurture an awareness of God’s presence in their life (see attached leaflet for more information, but ignore the info about venue and dates).
We’d love to run it again, so I have discussed this with Mary and Harriet, have spoken to other people who run this course elsewhere in Scotland, and the following is a distillation of our thoughts.
We would aim to hold weekly, 2.5 hr sessions in blocks of roughly 7 weeks with gaps between the blocks. The advantage of holding weekly sessions is that participants have a regular (little and often) experience of reflective prayer in a supportive community which helps to develop a deeper personal practice.
Those interested are likely to come from as far apart as Newton Stewart and Annan, so it seems best to hold the sessions somewhere in the middle of the region. There are around 4 people I’m aware of who are keen on participating this year, and it would be possible to hold it in my house in Kirkcudbright for that number.
In order to ascertain the level of interest – which will affect the final choice of venue as my house could only comfortably accommodate 8 participants – we thought we’d hold a taster evening sometime in early September which would include reflective prayer as well as discussing practicalities. We are happy for those participating to have their say about when to meet (days and times of week, etc.) to ensure that as many who want to participate can. At the moment, we’re thinking of starting early October.
At this stage you aren’t committing yourself to anything, but if you’re interested in knowing more, could you let me know by Tuesday, 25th August which of the following dates would suit you to come to 2 Castle Street, Kirkcudbright for the taster evening/discussion:
Evening: 7.00 – 8.30
September: 2nd / 3rd / 5th / 9th
So, if you’ve read to the end of this email and you’re still interested:
· Let me know on which of the above dates you could make a meeting.
· Let me know if you’re interested, even if none of the dates suit you.
I look forward to hearing from you!