Exploring Spirituality Programme

The positive of having to postpone much of our 2020 ESP means we still have plenty to look forward to in 2021! So here you will find brief descriptions of events and the links to zoom. All are welcome! Please do ‘come and see’…. and do contact facilitators if you’d like more information.

Upcoming Sessions

On Monday 18th October 7.30 - 9 pm (venue TBC), Federico Varese presents some of the themes in his latest book 'Mafia Life'. How do we understand faith as either genuine or extremist or open to misinterpretation? How do the Mafia interpret Eucharist and how does this correspond with their Initiation rites?

Wholistic Wellbeing - a joint session with Anne Taylor and Ness Brunner-Ellis

Wednesday 10th November 7.30 - 9 pm (venue TBC) Spiritual care is an essential but often over-looked element in nursing work. How do Parish Nurses conceive and implement spiritual care to ensure a wholistic approach to health and wellbeing? What are some of the healthiest ways we can confidently offer pastoral and spiritual care for those who live with mental illness?

Tuesday 7th December 7.30 pm (venue TBC) Alister McGrath presents a session on Apologetics.

Theological Reflection Group

If you would like to join a Theological Reflection Group please speak to Ness. There are now two groups, one 'in person' on the first Monday evening of every month, and the other on zoom.

Living Well

A series of guided discussions on connections between spirituality, mental and physical health, relationship to others, and the challenges of how to live well. See the Living Well webpage for details of how to take part.

Daily Office: Morning & Evening Prayer

Please do join with others to pray the Daily Office from wherever you are, 9am Morning Prayer and 5.30pm Evening Prayer. Here is a link to the liturgy on the Church of England website

Prayers for the Middle East

We invite you to pray in your own homes on the first Wednesday of every month, at 5 pm, for 20 minutes or so for 'The land we call Holy' and more generally for the whole of the Middle East. Here is a suggested liturgy

Soul Care Conversations

We are very aware that for everyone this time of COVID-19 isolation is a strange one. We want to offer the chance to have a one to one conversation with a member of the wider ministry team. For those who wish, we could use the framework of a Personal Discipleship Plan (PDP), which encourages us to think about our gifting and where we are at with God. It is all confidential, and very much led by you.

We are happy to be led by individuals as to what would help you most at this time and invite you to find fresh ways to deepen your faith, or explore your doubts.  If you would like a soul care conversation, please email office@witneyparish.org.uk

Safeguarding

    If a child or adult is in immediate danger or requires immediate medical attention, call the emergency services on 999. If there are concerns about their immediate welfare, don’t delay: call Children and Adult’s Social care on 0345 050 7666 or the MASH Out of Hours Emergency Duty Team: 0800 833408. Also please inform one of Parish Safeguarding Team.
    For other safeguarding concerns please immediately inform our Parish Safeguarding Officer, Alison, on 07884 074812 or her Deputy, Sarah Jane, on 07506 515 952 or Pauline on 01993 648136. You can also email concerns to safeguarding@witneyparish.org.uk
    If you are unsure or worried about how serious a situation is, contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team on 01865 208295 or Richard Woodley on 07391 868478 or Lisa Wilkins on 07341 866832 lisa.wilkins@oxford.anglican.org

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Prayer Tree

    Please feel free to post a prayer on our Benefice website.
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