Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Jesus, from Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)
Introduction to the Community
Our latest Video
Our usual pattern of meeting for Prayer and meditation at Be Still has been interrupted by the current pandemic. We will be uploading Be Still videos fortnightly for you to join in with at a time which convenient to you. Just click on the videos below:
Praying with you and for you through the COVID-19 pandemic....
Our Daily Prayer Resources are available online (see menu) Below is a video of Morning Prayer which you can follow and join in with whenever you like. We're going to work our way through Mark's Gospel, a chapter per day Monday to Saturday. If you don't have a Bible to hand, go to this link: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+1&version=NIVUK
NEWS & EVENTS
We are currently working on some updates to our Way of Life Resources - due out before Easter 2021. Keep a look out for updates here. We're also working in partnership with Southwell & Nottingham Diocese to develop a Soul Friends Course - again keep a look out for updates
NEW RESOURCE - WAYFINDER We have been working on a new resource these past few months. It’s called ‘Wayfinder.’ and is borne out of desire to help people who wouldn't call themselves Christians to develop a balanced rhythm of life. Our strong conviction is that learning to live the ‘Way of Jesus’ can be a gateway to knowing him personally and choosing to follow him as an apprentice, disciple or follower. ‘Waymaker’ consists of 3 ‘Waymarks’ which act like a trellis to provide a structure for us to grow our lives on. These waymarks are: Silence, Simplicity and Balance and are a first step towards the 5 key Waymarks of the Community.
Be Still - Contemplative Prayer Due to Coronavirus restrictions the following sessions are postponed. You can download Be Still resources above
First Thursday each month 7pm at All Saints, Netherthong Second Wednesday each month 7pm at Christ Church, New Mill Last Thursday each month 7pm at St. David's, Holmbridge
Now Available - CSF Daily Prayer - longer and shorter forms. Click Daily Prayer above or get in touch for printed copies
Do you need someone to chat to either by email/phone or face to face to get you started on developing a healthy rhythm of life? Our Soul Friends are ready to offer you some time, just get in touch via the 'Contact us' tab above
Frequently asked Questions....
How do I join the community? There is no formal sign up as such, however signing up to the newsletter below will ensure you keep up to date with developments, local events and more. You are welcome to interact with the whole of this website freely, including commenting on the blog and trying out the various resources and working on your individual Way of Life. However. the Christian life is meant to be lived with others and we believe you will gain much more by connecting with a Soul Friend.
How do I find a Soul Friend and what commitment am I making? Simply contact us through the Contact us tab at the top of this page and we'll be in touch about linking you with one of our mentors. An initial meeting will be arranged and things will be taken from there. Other Soul Friends are available if you'd prefer to explore that, otherwise a mutual agreement can be made to meet occasionally with the Soul Friend to support you as you seek to follow Jesus in the whole of life.
Can I belong to a church or another Christian community as well as the Soul Friends? The majority of current members belong to churches throughout the Holme Valley and worship regularly there. Soul Friends is a cross church community helping people to follow a Jesus centred Way of Life. Some of the founding group belong to other new monastic communities too and find that the structure of Soul Friends complements rather than interferes with their belonging to those communities.