Colonial Church embraces a call to a vision of spiritual formation in all our ministries.
So what is Spiritual Formation? Simply, it’s the process of a community being formed in the image and likeness of Christ for the sake of others. Growing in Christ involves both the inner life of faith and the outward experience of living one’s faith out in daily life. The Center for Spiritual Formation at Colonial helps integrate spiritual formation into the life of our church by offering opportunities for spiritual growth, prayer, study and reflection.
The Center includes space for Spiritual Direction, prayer, and silent retreat and is located on the south end of the church over looking the covered bridge and pond (above Upper Room’s Staff Offices).
We’re hiring a Spiritual Formation Associate to tend to our communal formation. Our opportunities will be limited as we discern the right fit for this dedicated position, but keep in touch here for opportunities that might bubble up between now and then!
Centering Prayer with Lectio Divina:
Listening to God Through Prayer, Scripture, & Silence
|The Prayer of Consent|
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Rest in God’s presence.
1st and 3rd from 7:00 – 8:30pm (beginning October 1st)
“Come to me, and I will give you rest.”
What if you could experience those words of Jesus in your real life?
Join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month as trained facilitators lead us in one to two periods of Centering Prayer — a form of listening for God in silence — and Lectio Divina, an ancient way of reading the Scriptures to hear the voice of Jesus.
Facilitators guide us the whole way, so no matter where you are in your journey, there’s a place for you here. Come away and rest awhile.
Evenings are led by Carol Cushman, who is a trained facilitator of Centering Prayer. As of December 2020, they have decided to move all their gatherings into virtual formats in light of COVID-19. Email Carol Cushman for more information.
|In the wondrous and sometimes frantic rush of your life, do you find yourself longing for a small space of quiet, for a small slice of time in which to catch your breath, to put your life into perspective, and most importantly, to sense where God might be in the midst of it all?|
Perhaps spiritual direction is for you. Spiritual direction has a strong foundation in Christian tradition and is centuries old. It is a ministry of listening, where a trained director listens with care and reverence to your story, your experiences, your thinking, your acting, and your prayer in order to help you live with greater clarity and intention as you relate to God, yourself, and others.
Most people seeking direction meet with a director once a month for a few months to a few years. It is customary to pay a suggested fee, though no one will be turned away who cannot pay. If you are drawn to seeking spiritual direction, please contact Rev. Sara Wilhelm Garbers and we will connect you with a director with whom you can schedule a complementary introductory meeting.
|Spiritual Retreats |
(Personal and Corporate)
|Colonial offers space for both personal retreats and hosts occasional spiritual formation retreats. Unfortunately, we are not booking retreats right now in line with our current COVID-19 policy. Keep in touch here or in our E-News for updates as our policies change.|
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