centering prayer block
centering prayer block

CENTERING PRAYER INTRODUCTORY WORKSHOP

 with The Rev. Tom Ward (Bio)

February 23-24, 2018

Pre-Registration Form

St. John’s Episcopal Church

1623 Carmel Rd.

Charlotte, North Carolina  28226

Would you like to deepen your relationship with God in 2018, enjoying a discipline of prayer in the silent presence of the Divine? Many Christians wonder a simple, yet profound, question: How does a Christian pray? Centering Prayer represents one answer. Based on ancient insights, Centering Prayer is a disciplined Christian method focused not on speaking to God, but on listening with the heart in the silence, making us profoundly available to the Divine with the whole of our being; present in a way that transcends thoughts, words, and emotions.  Sometimes called the Prayer of Simplicity, Centering Prayer presents the teaching of earlier times in an updated form in which we consent to God's presence and action in our lives.  The emerging transformation is not the result of one's own efforts, but of the Trinity “who prays within us with sighs too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26)

DATES/TIMES:

●February 23, 7:00-9:00 p.m. (Orientation & Wine/Cheese Social)

●February 24, 9:00-3:00 p.m. (Workshop; continental breakfast & lunch included)

LOCATION: St. John’s Episcopal Church, Parish Hall

REGISTRATION: $45.00 – Includes a Friday wine and cheese social, and Saturday workshop (includes continental breakfast and lunch). Registration will be available on the day of the event for $45.00.  Pre-registration and Registration fees are non-refundable.

Additionally, 6 follow-up sessions will be held on Thursdays (6:00pm-8:00pm) 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 4/5, and 4/12 at St. John’s for further learning and a video series with Fr. Thomas Keating. All are welcome. We will also begin coordinating efforts to organize a weekly centering prayer support group.

If you have questions, please contact The Rev. Dr. Brad Smith at (704) 366-3034 or .