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A residential retreat for the spiritual refreshment of Two Cities clergy - 4 to 6 November 2019


This is an opportunity for Two Cities clergy to be with fellow clergy: to worship, talk, eat and drink together, as well as listen to keynote speakers. There will also be an opportunity to take part in biblical reflection, private prayer, and explorations of the surrounding countryside in Lille, France. The retreat will be held at the Diocese of Lille’s Merville retreat centre.

A message from Bishop Sarah:

London is one of the busiest cities in the world, so it’s not surprising that our clergy are also among the busiest. And yet the spiritual well-being of the clergy is vital for the spiritual health of any diocese.

Just as Jesus always found time to be with his Father in times of silence and contemplation, so, too, it is vital for clergy to spend time with their Lord.

This November, we want to give Two Cities clergy the chance to Re:fresh, to find time to set aside their parochial duties for a few days in the beautiful surroundings of the Merville retreat centre near Lille. It’s an opportunity to spend time with one another in worship, listening and silence (not forgetting mealtime fellowship!). Most of all, it’s a time to be with the Lord Jesus and be renewed by his healing and life-giving Spirit! Please join me!

Parishes are being asked to contribute £150 per person towards each person’s overall costs.

There will be a group booking on Eurostar, which you can sign up for via Eventbrite. Alternatively, participants may prefer to make their own travel plans.

Maison diocésaine d’accueil
70 rue Victorine Deroide
07 82 46 05 69

Please register via Eventbrite by the end of June 2019.

For a small added cost (around £60), there will be an option to stay an additional night as well as take part in local tours.

The Rt Revd Sarah Mullally is the 133rd Bishop of London. She was ordained in 2001, and in 2012 installed as Canon Treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral before becoming Bishop of Crediton in 2015. She is a member of the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Steering Group. Before ordination, she was a senior civil servant in the Department of Health, and in 1999 became the youngest person to hold the position of Chief Nursing Officer for England.

The Revd Malcolm Guite is an Anglican priest currently teaching in the pastoral theology programme at the Cambridge Theological Foundation. He describes the focus of his research as “the interface between theology and the arts, more specifically Theology and Literature”. He is a singer and guitarist with the Cambridgeshire-based blues, rhythm and blues, and rock band “Mystery Train”,  and writes the weekly Poet’s Corner column for the Church Times.

The Revd Kate Coleman is the founding director of Next Leadership, which aims to “transform global leadership from the inside out, equipping leaders to serve well”. In 2006, she became the first black woman to be made President of the Baptist Union of Great Britain in 2006. She is Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council, and the author of 7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership.

The Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, and the Bishop of Maidstone, the Rt Revd Rod Thomas, will also be attending the conference.

Programme to follow nearer the time.

For any queries, please get in touch with the Re:fresh planning team – members below.

  • Revd Julie Khovacs
  • Clare Dowding
  • Mary Spredbury
  • Fr Tim Handley SSC
  • Neil Evans
  • Jonny Dyer
  • Beth Green
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