My predecessor, Dean Mark Derry, sent through this very helpful article by Maggie Le-Roy, the Retreats facilitator for the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf. (Marks says Hi!)
It feels good to belong.
Maggie Le-Roy writes: My annual retreat was taken in Cyprus again this year. I was amazed that whilst having a silent retreat in an unfamiliar village, daily I was invited into this community. I was a stranger but felt I belonged. People sitting on their veranda invited me in for coffee or to eat lunch, they wanted to show me round their church and talked with me about life. It felt so good to belong.
Whilst the internet can give us a sense of connected-ness, particularly in pandemic times, the sense of belonging has been lost for many. The community has been fractured.
Where do I belong?
Many people, may be even you, are asking “where do I belong now?” It is a big question that many people are talking about in spiritual direction sessions around the world.
We were made to belong – look at how many people are in coffee shops! We all need community, sharing and caring together, being ourselves in a place where our souls and bodies feel welcomed and accepted.
Belonging is basic to the original God-designed normal. Koinonia – Greek for ‘community’ – is about this. Ayia Koinonia is Holy Communion – a holy belonging. Jesus formed this and showed it to communities before retreating from them.
We all need to belong although taking time out by oneself, to retreat, is helpful from time to time.
Howard Thurman said:.
It is true
that there are moments when the feeling for aloneness,
must be honored
This really means
the urgency to catch up
with one’s self,
to clear the bearings
that one’s true place in
community may be more
accurately seen and realised.”
During testimony time we will be praying for matrics starting exams on 19 October. Please invite any matric who would like to receive prayer. All are welcome to join us.
Lifting up the Downcast
A book from the Barnabas Fund with really helpful words for those facing challenges, uncertainties and sorrows.
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Cost: R150 | 12 Oct – 30 Nov
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Beach Clean up
Sat, 23 October from 09:30 to 10:30
Summerstrand @ the Beacon.
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Join us for yet another Walk with a Purpose.
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To the family and friends of Di Mason and St John Hunt who passed away this week, and to Barbara Nicou on the passing of her sister, Yvonne.
Please keep them in your prayers.
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