Funding supports holistic training
Our Annual Fund is used to fund additional developmental courses that build on our holistic training method, which couldn’t be afforded otherwise.
While new ordinands are only just arriving and settling into Ridley, we are already planning one of the most formative events of their time at Ridley: the Annual Prayer Weekend. Over the course of a January weekend, the first year students, and their partners, are encouraged to broaden their ideas about the nature of prayer through workshops, lectures and time for contemplation. It sets the path for the ordinands’ future spiritual development at the College, and gives our students invaluable skills; at the same time it also ensures a time for rest in the busy cycle of essays and supervisions of the Lent term.
As Richard Attew, who attended the course last year, puts it in poetry, the Annual Prayer Weekend is ‘A Gift’: ‘A gift. Of time. Of space. Of rest. Of refreshment. Of community. For meeting God… A gift that will endure.’
The Prayer Weekend costs £10,000 annually to run. This year, we are delighted to be able to state that £3,000 has already been contributed by The Inlight Trust, and the Praebendo Charitable Foundation. We are looking to match this funding with contributions from the Annual Fund, to make sure that our students can make the most of this enriching experience, which could not be run without your support.
>> View a Prayer Weekend photo gallery.
To support projects like the Annual Prayer Weekend, donate now to the Annual Fund by clicking on the button below or using our donation form (pdf):