“…unique!” – Saturday 13th October

You are invited to a deanery event which is an exciting joint adventure between Stourport Deanery and the Diocesan Board of Education – we are bringing you what we hope to be a really interesting, engaging and inspiring day, where we can explore creative Christian Spirituality together and then be open to where it takes us with future events and time together.

‘Unique’ … awakening an awareness of the Spirit within and a God who believes in us

Saturday 13 October, Areley Kings Village Hall, 9.30am coffee for 10am start, finishing at 4pm

This day seeks to enable us to take time and consider who we are and explore Christian spirituality through various creative opportunities. We have two great speakers who will lead us through a journey of discovery of God and of ourselves – the day will be a mixed offering of input from the speakers as well as chance to respond to what we hear through various activities.

Shahne Vickery will guide us through the morning session to explore and discover what ‘spirituality’ might mean for us; our spiritual capacity. Val Turner will guide us in the afternoon session to connect with and capture the deepest cry of our hearts and instruct us in making our own prayer bowls and portable ‘tents’ to take home.

This day is open to all:

  • for those wanting to deepen their creativity or for those who wouldn’t consider themselves ‘creative’ but fancy having a go and seeing what happens
  • for those who don’t know much about Christian spirituality and want to find out more or for those wanting to deepen their current spiritual experience.
  • for those who might say they are ‘spiritual but not religious’ and for those who might not consider themselves ‘spiritual’ but yearn for a deeper connection and relationship with a living and present God.

Mother Teresa said: The spiritual poverty of the West is greater than ours… You, in the West, have millions of people who suffer such terrible loneliness and emptiness…They feel unloved and unwanted. These people are not hungry in the physical sense, but they are in another way. They know they need something more than money, yet they don’t know what it is. What they are missing, really, is a living relationship with God.

Refreshments are provided but please bring a packed lunch.

Booking is essential!

To book you can either contact Peter Cook on 01299 823 066 or at events@stourport-deanery.org.uk, or via this Eventbrite link.

Shahne Vickery has over twenty years experience in primary education in both England and Wales. In recent years she has worked as a Primary Adviser in the Diocese of Gloucester and as a lecturer in Initial Teacher Training at the University of Gloucestershire. She joined the Education Team in the Worcester Diocese in September 2017. Shahne has written a wide range of popular titles to support values education, collective worship and spiritual and moral development in schools. Her publications include Roots and Fruits, Experience Easter, Jack in the Box, Home School Values and Spiritual Gardens in Schools. When time allows, Shahne leads training and speaks at conferences throughout the UK on various aspects of Church school education.

Val Turner and her husband have a small retreat house in Hereford. Val was ordained in 2000, working as vicar of two rural parishes she also worked half-time as chaplain to a college of further education. Prior to ordained ministry she trained in ceramics and taught art. She is experienced in leading church weekends away, training and helping individuals find direction in life and develop their personal relationship with God. She has a particular interest in supporting those in education and leadership.

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