A Week of Guided Prayer is an affirmation of our intention to pray. It is the discipline of prayer within our daily life.

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What is a week of guided prayer?

A Week of Guided Prayer is a retreat in the midst of daily life. Participants focus attention on God’s activity in their lives through praying scripture. The week is based on our trust that God is interested in communicating with us through prayer. Rather than drawing apart from our normal agenda, a Week of Guided Prayer helps us to centre on God in the midst of our regular activities.

what is praying scripture?

Praying scripture involves reading a passage until it becomes familiar and then, in a spirit of openness to God, letting our imagination engage the words or story.  Using our senses we experience the scripture and listen for God’s direction for our lives through the passage.

how does the week proceed?

An opening two-hour session, usually on a Sunday afternoon, provides an opportunity for fellowship between retreatants and those who will companion them through the week. It introduces the theme and an experience of praying scripture with journaling. The retreatant is given the daily scripture material for prayer based upon the theme that unfolds during the week. The retreatant and companion establish a schedule of 30-minute daily meetings.

Monday to Friday the retreatants covenant to pray 30 minutes privately each day, and to meet with their companion 30 minutes daily to be guided in their prayer experience. The companion supports the retreatant, seeking to keep them attentive to God’s leading, and guiding the retreatant through questions, suggestions and shared experience.

how does the week finish up?

The closing two-hour session usually held on the Saturday morning is a celebration of how and where God has touched us through the week. It offers time for silent reflection, large and small group sharing, and an evaluation of the week. Opportunities for ongoing prayer support are reviewed. Through communion Retreatants are commissioned to continue their journey.

Having a labyrinth available offers participants and congregation members a meaningful prayer experience.