At St John with St Mark’s we have prayer and Bible study groups and an annual retreat.
We have a weekly Christian Meditation group that meets on a Tuesday night at 7.30pm in the Lady Chapel at church. The chapel is on the left hand side as you go up towards the altar. This is a time of guided meditation. In addition we meet on a Saturday at certain times during the year with other local people interested in the subject. There is also a special introductory course to Meditation running in September and October 2018.
We also have our Listening Prayer Group which meets at 7.30pm on the first Monday of each month. This is at 150 Walmersley Road. The purpose is to listen for what God has to say to us. There’s no praying out loud, apart from at the start and the end. Just silent reflection for about half an hour. Sometimes that can be about something in the news, or a passage of Scripture, a Saint’s day or even a painting. No special qualifications needed – apart from the ability to sit still!
Plus we have a Prayer Chain for cascading urgent prayer requests by phone or text. If you would like to be part of this or have a request then please contact Gill Barnett, either directly on 0161 971 6318, or via the Contact form.
Our Bible studies meet at different points through the year, usually Lent, Advent and sometimes in between. Normally we look at a topic or a book of the Bible over 4 or 5 weeks. These are relaxed groups with a varied mix of knowledge and experience. We usually have afternoon sessions for those who don’t like venturing out at night. And evening sessions for those that do!
The Bible studies normally attract people from a number of local churches and part of the joy is sharing our differing perspectives.
Each May, in the run-up to the second bank holiday, we have a 3-day retreat to St Joseph’s Prayer Centre in Formby. This is a lovely opportunity to step aside from our normal routine and spend some time in reflection in beautiful surroundings.
We’ve provisionally booked again for 22nd – 25th May 2019.
Sometimes we’ll do single day events at the same location. This can be easier for those who don’t want an overnight stop. We’ll advertise these by posts nearer the time.