Service Timetable – Feb-Jun 2010

Sisters and Brothers,

This year, I’m focusing more of my energy on workshops and teaching, so I’ll be holding a monthly public service at the Unitarian Chapel on the fourth Sunday of the month. I’d like this to be a time when people involved in the parish in different ways come together for worship. I’ll be working with people in the parish to include some more music, mostly simple, traditional chants that are easy to learn and join in with.

I’ll send out an email a week or so before each monthly service, but so you can plan ahead, here is a schedule of services for the next few months.

Service Dates for Chapel Services

  • 28 Feb
  • 28 Mar
  • 25 Apr
  • 23 May
  • 27 Jun

The venue for each chapel service is:

The Unitarian Centre
15 Francis St, East Sydney

Each service will start as usual at 6pm.

House Church
Most other weeks, I will hold a house church service. This is a smaller, more intimate service held in a living room. Sometimes these will be at my house, sometimes at the houses of parishoners.

If you’d like to share the Eucharist, but it’s hard to get into town, consider volunteering your living room for a service. I’m flexible about when these services are held, they don’t need to be Sunday evenings every time.

If the idea of having a service at your home is interesting, send me an email and we’ll talk about it. On the other hand if the less formal nature of a service like that appeals to you, but you don’t feel comfortable volunteering your own place, let me know and I’ll keep you informed about where services are.

Starting with next Sunday’s service, we will start collecting non-perishable goods to donate to a local charity. Please consider bringing along dry or canned goods when you come. I’ll put a box out for you to drop them in and I’ll bless them as part of the service before taking them to the charity for the week.

If you have a favourite, local charity please let me know.

New Events
Last Saturday, a few people gathered for a second Centering Prayer workshop. I hope that out of these workshops a regular contemplative prayer group will form as a continuing part of the parish.

The solemn season of Lent began last week and the Centering Prayer workshop kicked off a program of workshops that will run through the season. My next email will have details of the workshops which will cover a few different styles of contemplative practice.

Until then…

Yours before the Sacred Flame,

Father Tim+

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Centering Prayer one day intensive


The Centering Prayer introductory workshop I held in Nov last year attracted around ten people but quite a few people couldn’t make it on that date, so I’m repeating the workshop.

This is a one-day introduction to the Christian meditation technique known as Centering Prayer. Arising from the Trappist monastic tradition as a way to introduce non-monastics to contemplative prayer, Centering Prayer focuses on the ancient Christian spiritual practice called “kenosis” or emptying. The technique is simple to learn, easy to fit into a busy life and practical. It doesn’t require any commitment to traditional Christian doctrine, but it is also very compatible with the heart of the Christian tradition.
This one-day session gives you all you need to get started with Centering Prayer, including:
  • Centering Prayer and the practice of intentional silence, discovering wordless communion
  • theory and method of Centering Prayer
  • handling thoughts during prayer time
  • carrying Centering Prayer into daily life
  • several opportunities to practice Centering Prayer together
The day includes a simple lunch and finishes with an optional contemplative eucharist service.
The fee covers the cost of the venue, materials and catering. If you’d like to come and money is an issue, please get in touch and we’ll work something out.

Please consider joining me and sharing this delightful, simple, profound practice.

With love,
Father Tim Mansfield

Centering Prayer One-Day Intensive
Date: Saturday 20 Feb 2009
Venue: The Unitarian Centre, 15 Francis St, Darlinghurst

Bookings essential – RSVP here

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