It will soon be Valentine’s Day, but just before that we have our Ash Wednesday service on the 13th February at 7.30pm with guest speaker Revd. Murray Brown from Norton Lees in Diocese of Sheffield (www.stpaulschurchandcentre.org.uk). He will be preaching that evening and on the following weekend, as well as leading our Desert Retreat. Murray subtitles the retreat as ‘a taster retreat’ – in other words it’s for people who are new to this kind of thing as well as those who are used to it. The pattern of our time will include talks, meditations and silence – all who attend are requested to leave their phones off, in their tent! (tents and sleeping bags will be provided).
We have arranged cars to pick you up at 3pm on Friday 15th February, giving you a dune drive across the desert with photo-stops on the way to the campsite. If you are of a constitution that prefers a calmer route to the campsite this can be arranged – please specify this when you email Helen to book your place (email@example.com). After a bit of camel riding, and henna design on hands or feet we will have a delicious barbecue dinner to slow you down so you are ready for the first session entitled Come away!
After a night sleeping in desert dreams beneath the star studded sky you’ll be ready for a sunrise service and breakfast. It is advisable to bring warm clothing because once the sun sets it can be cold! The morning sessions continue on the theme of ‘Hearing the still small voice’ until afternoon with a packed cold Lunch served before leaving the Campsite.
The total cost is AED 450 per person.
If you need financial assistance then please ask and we will see how we can help. If you can offer financial assistance to others please let us know.
Although the advert is also being shown at the other churches in the chaplaincy I wouldn’t want any of the CCJA folk to miss out so I stress: please book early as we are limited to a maximum of 50 people.