Soul-Scape Collage

We would like to invite you to make a collage using any of the material on the table or any of the other art materials you feel drawn to.

This weekend we have invited you to consider landscapes and the way they can open our imaginations to new understandings of God and ourselves.

Your collage might represent an actual landscape, or it might represent your inner landscape. It might allow you to explore something of your sense of who God is and who you are in God.

Before you begin, pause for a moment and become aware of the presence of God with you and then, invite God to guide your imagination and to draw you deeper into God self.

As you consider the materials, take your time to explore all the materials and allow yourself to notice which of the different colours and patterns you feel drawn to.

Who is this God who is with you as you create your soul-scape?

Our Haiku Magnificat (from the November retreat, Let it be). Each set of three lines was written by a different person.

God used a young girl 

to turn the world upside down

because she said  "yes".

The mother of my Lord

Dared to believe nothing is impossible with God

Dare I believe it too?

You will light my path

you will clear my confusion

you will be my guide.

Let it be your way

my heart longs to follow you

and knows your blessing.

Stripped of leaves trees mourn

have faith God will send the spring

and all will be well.

Light shimmers through the

plain things of my life, bringing

heaven's peace and joy.

Passionate pure love

Always there, always caring

my grateful heart sings.

Source of my being

your footsteps in snow take me

over the mountain.

Steadfast love for me

Captivating heart and soul

becoming myself.

God used a young girl

to turn the world upside down

because she said "yes".

These are examples of some of the prayer stations that we used during our last retreat, themed around "Being Known".

Tissue Paper Flowers

As you make your flower you might want to ponder the fact that flowers don’t struggle to open to the sun.

They simply unfurl their petals and turn their faces towards that life giving, sustaining light and warmth.

They allow themselves to open and be seen.

Why must being known by God be a struggle?

Can I allow myself just to unfurl like a flower in His presence, to turn my face towards the life giving warmth of His love?

Can I allow myself to be seen, to be known in my completeness, by the one in whom “I live and move and have my being".

How to make a paper tissue flower.

1. Choose 5 sheets of tissue paper. Cut all the sheets to the same size, using the A4 or A5 templates

2. Stack the sheets together, place them in front of you then fold the bottom edge in (about ½ inch), then flip it over and fold it back on the other side.

When you are finished the stack should look like an accordion

3. Secure a pipe cleaner to the middle of your stack of paper. This will form the flower stem

4.Trim the ends: either rounded or pointed

5. Now for the tricky bit! Fan your paper out, and then start to separate the layers of tissue.

Be gentle as the tissue paper is fragile.

Separate the layers one at a time, teasing your first layer up as much as you can.

Continue until all the layers have been separated, and you will have your finished flower.

A Meditation with Clay

We would like to invite you to make a shape that represents you. It could be a container of some kind, an abstract shape, or a figure.

The clay is air-drying; so if it starts to feel dry just wet your hands.

Before you begin, take a moment to become aware of God’s loving gaze on you as you prepare yourself for this prayer.

Now take a piece of clay, and get to know it: how does it feel in your hand, notice the texture, the smell, the colour. Play around with it for a while. Take your time.

“Yet, O lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, you are our potter.” (Isa: 64:8)

As you begin to mold the clay with your hands, allow the shape that is you to emerge.

“For it was you who formed my inward parts…”(Ps 139:13)

How do you feel as you look at the shape that represents you? What does it tell you?

“She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: you are the God who sees me…” (Gen: 16:13).

What do you see as you look at your creation? What does God see as he gazes upon you?

“Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known”. (1Cor 13:12)

As you draw your meditation to a close, you might want to share with God whatever has emerged for you during this time.