Prayer & Contemplation
A Quiet Place
How do people struggling against injustice and violence – either in their personal lives or as activists in wider social movements – find support, solidarity and renewal? How do we encounter our own anger and that of others, without being overwhelmed?
Many faith traditions, including the Christian tradition of contemplative prayer, offer resources of silence and solidarity.
Simple Quiet Days
These days are intended to provide you with the space to “be” before God; to relax, reflect and pray and so to renew your spiritual resources. The space available will be kept as quiet as possible.
All the sessions below are open to all, whatever your first language or your level of experience of Church. We will enable discussion to take place in Farsi or other mother tongues if that is needed in sessions, and will involve interpreters where possible. We are also listing some other linked events of interest happening during this time.
4th September Simple Quiet Day for the Creation Season, praying with St Francis in response to the Climate Emergency.
The pandemic shows us that “we have not heard the cry of the poor and our seriously ill planet” warns Pope Francis, describing this as "a time to choose what matters and what passes away". (Urbi et Orbi, 2020)
We will make available the resource produced by CAFOD: Nine brief reflections asking St Francis of Assisi to pray with us and for our world, based on his beautiful Canticle of the Sun.
This ‘novena’ (nine moments of prayer) is a song of penitence and praise, guiding us to care for the earth and for our most vulnerable sisters and brothers.
The day will start with a Eucharist at 10am and finish at 3.00pm with an evening office. You are free to come for the whole or part of the day, and to come and go.
Weekend of September 11th/12th
The Green Christian Pilgrimage from London to Glasgow for the Climate Conference in November (COP) passes through Manchester. Sunday 12th event in Alexander Park with a Speaker’s Corner.
16th September Quiet Place Conversations 6.15-7.15pm
Theme: Homelessness and Housing in Fallowfield and the city of Manchester, with local Fallowfield Councillor Jade Doswell.
The purpose of these sessions is to enable a quiet, contemplative conversation to people of all faith traditions or none about difficult troubling matters in our parish, city and world. To offer ‘A Quiet Place (in the eye of the storm).’
From 7.15pm to 8.00pm church remains open for prayer/meditation/stillness, or it is possible to join the Eucharist at 7.30pm in the small chapel.
9th October Simple Quiet Day
The day will start with a Eucharist at 10.00am and finish at 3.00pm with an evening office. You are free to come for the whole or part of the day, and to come and go.
14th October Quiet Place Conversations Jenny Daggers will introduce the first of a number of planned conversations on the theme of British responses to the Black Lives Matter movement.
17th October 2pm ‘Circles of Love’ event in Alexandra Park, Whalley Range being organised by Greater Manchester Faith in Black Lives Matter ‘to express solidarity with those experiencing racism and express commitment to anti-racism’.
Looking ahead, save the date:
3rd November The refugee puppet Amal walking from Turkey to Manchester arrives in Manchester.
1st December Advent Course on Prayer starts
4th December Advent Poetry Day
8th December Advent Course on Prayer
15th December Advent Course on Prayer & Quiet Place Conversation Prayer and Social Justice
22nd December Advent Course Contemplative Prayer
And in 2022:
13th January Quiet Place Conversation
5th February Simple Quiet Day
17th February Quiet Place Conversation
5th March Quiet Day (Lent themed);
From 5th March and before 17th April Course on Liturgy Hilary Jones co-ordinating and to propose dates
7th May Quiet Day
13th May Quiet Place Conversation
4th June Quiet Day
16th June Quiet Place Conversation
0161 224 0535
Manchester M14 6JZ
Sunday 10.00 Sung Eucharist
Monday 19.30 Eucharist
Thursday 12 noon Eucharist
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