The Gift of Prayer
The annual Ridley Prayer Weekend is a cross between a retreat and a parish weekend, for all First Year students and their spouses. It provides sessions on different aspects of prayer, with plenty of time for prayer and fellowship in between.
As well as being fun and a good opportunity to get to know each other better, it also provides ideas for future use in a parish setting. Friends of the College who give to support the continuation of this invaluable part of our students' training give a gift beyond its monetary value, as this reflection from Ridley ordinand Richard Attew expresses.
A gift. Of time. Of space. Of rest. Of refreshment. Of community. For meeting God.
A gift given as your second term begins. Wrapped in prayer, teaching, worship. Accompanied by lots of cake!
A gift with many pieces:
Time – To spend with friends. Over the dining table. Over the table-tennis table. Before the Communion Table.
Space – To think, to talk, to pray, to walk, to share, to sleep.
Rest & Refreshment – Together. Alone. In big groups. In small groups. With God. In Christ.
Community – To strengthen old bonds. To forge new ones. To know afresh the eternal community of Father, Son & Spirit.
Meeting God – To clear the fog of deadlines, phone lines, washing lines. To escape. To come home. To step back. To stride forwards. To move from potential panic to simply potential.
For Ordinand, Spouse, Partner; this is a gift to share, yet shaped for the individual. All are welcome. Regardless of your course load, workload, shopping load – however heavy – this gift is for you. Choose to pursue the Spirit. Choose prayer beads. Choose to open the Bible. Choose to open yourself. Celebrate, contemplate, commiserate, anticipate. With God. With friends. With confidence. The choice is yours.
A gift intended as a memorial & a milestone. To remember where you have come from. To mark where you are going. To recall. To refresh. To replenish. To re-commission.
This gift is for you, as well as those around you. Given by Ridley on behalf of God. A gift to be enjoyed. A gift that will endure.
The gift of the annual Prayer Weekend.
Richard Attew, Ridley ordinand