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Moot Weekend Away Reflections

Moot Community Weekend Away

Friday 2 November to Sunday 4 November at the Privett Centre, Hampshire

Through the evening of Friday 2 November, Mooters began to arrive at the Privett Centre, usually via Petersfield Station. The Centre is an old school so we had plenty of room in fairly basic surroundings and lovely Hampshire countryside. We all shared cooking, cleaning, washing up etc. The overall theme of the weekend could be summed up as, “What is growth in Moot?”
After dinner on Friday night, a moveable feast as people arrived, we said night prayer together, with a reflective examen, and then enjoyed board games and a start of the weekend drink.

Saturday morning started with a meditation and then, after breakfast, an exercise reflecting on where Moot is and where we hope Moot may be in the future. To what extent does Moot affirm personally what we are and to what extend does it personally transform us into what we can be? Also, as a community, is Moot primarily a safe space or primarily an open welcome? People stood in various parts of the room, in different quarters, to say what they think Moot is and then what Moot could be. He is where people stood: green cross to show current position; red cross to show what could be.

The largest segment for Moot’s current position is as a safe space affirming what we are. Potentially, though, we could become more transforming and, in some people’s minds, more welcoming. Even for those who wanted a more open welcome, there was a desire to maintain the priority of Moot being a safe space.

We then looked at growth within Moot. Some reflections were offered:

  • Moot and Host are not as close as the original mission strategy assumed. This is because community members cannot run Host as originally hoped – the community members do not have the time and Host has to be run according to professional standards. We can do things together but most of the community are not around during the working day, when Host is at its busiest, or during weekday early evenings when Host and Moot could offer joint activities.
  • Mini-Moots are essential to build up trust and as a safe space. Primary pastoral care can happen in the Mini-Moot. Perhaps they can run a WhatsApp group between meetings? Active listening is essential.
  • How do we introduce people to our Rhythm of Life?
  • Should we offer other interest groups e.g. “Crafternoon”, board games, Bible study?
  • Could we offer WhatsApp groups for different spiritual practices?
  • Serum was discussed – could we sign post people to this as there are Serum groups beyond the Moot group? To what extend is our group spiritual but not religious?
  • Could community forums become a place of exploration and discussion – especially as people are already coming to St. Mary Aldermary for Moot services which follow the Forum?
  • Can we offer anything for families? This should be kept under review as families grow.

After lunch on Saturday we had an autumnal walk around the Hampshire countryside.

The walk was followed by a Lectio Divina exercise, dinner and more board games and drinking.

 

Sunday started with Taize, breakfast and an exploration of what Moot’s priorities should be. The following four areas were highlighted:

  • The need to have an introduction to our Rhythm of Life. This would include some information/greetings cards that can be available during the week and on Sundays which we could share in the same way that we now provide an introduction to the church building. Also, on Sundays we all need to look out for and welcome new people and announcements at services should include non-Sunday activities.
  • Having a quarterly social as a Pre-Moot way into the community and encouraging people to be involved even if they are only to be with us for a limited period of time. [Since the weekend, the GCC has discussed having more socials in general rather than primarily for new people.]
  • Encouraging groups to let us know if they are visiting on a Sunday so that they do not overpower our safe space. This is especially true of the Agape. Also, having Pews not Pub after the Eucharist to encourage people, especially new people, to stay. On 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays we would still head to the pub.
  • Using the Community Forum as a place of exploration and discussion, and maybe increasing how often it is held. This could include a book group.

 

Sunday morning concluded with the Eucharist and lunch. We then cleaned up and headed back to London. A great weekend.

 

Thank you to all who came and made it such an enjoyable and productive time.

 

Paul

 

 

POSTED 10.12.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | No Comments

Lent Course 1 – The Examen

In the first meeting of our Lent course we heard about the retreat into the desert and the practice of self-examination through the prayer practice of the Examen. Listen here to our first session.

We concluded the evening by sharing in the Examen prayer – you can hear this prayer being led here.

POSTED 08.03.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Lent Course 1 – The Examen

Welcome to the wilderness – Lent sermon

Share with us this sermon by our priest Paul Kennedy, bringing us into Lent together, exploring the wilderness we enter into in this Sunday evening sermon.

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Join us in the desert at Moot this Lent

For our Lent course at Moot this year we will explore prayer, stillness and the wisdom of the desert. We’ll meet Thursday evenings at 6pm (for tea/coffee) for a start-time of 6.30pm, following a pattern of: Talk – Discussion – Practice, focusing on a different particular prayer practice each week. We hope you will join us this season!

We will meet 4 Thursdays:

February 22nd
The Examen – praying with our emotions.

March 1st
The Lectio Divina – praying with the scriptures.

March 15th
Ignatian Meditation – praying with the imagination.

March 22nd
Centering Prayer – finding stillness in our daily lives

POSTED 11.02.18 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Join us in the desert at Moot this Lent

Body Meditation by Robyn Vesey

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In a recent Moot contemplative service this body meditation was offered by Robyn Vesey. We hope it brings you as much peace as it did us.

POSTED 25.08.16 BY: Paul Woodbury | Comments Off on Body Meditation by Robyn Vesey

Virtual Prayer – New resource for Mooters to come together in prayer when we are dispersed

As promised, we are now building up a virtual prayer resource section to this website, to help our community grow in a rhythm of daily prayer.  As a community we discussed how important it is to use technology, so that our dispersed community can be involved in prayer no matter where we are, as we sustain prayer at our home at the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary.  This means that you will be able to gain access to the readings, chants, prayer practices and liturgies through your computer or smart phone.

We have started by building up morning prayer in ordinary time, with links to all the resources you will need. Next we will get going with Evening Prayer and Prayer during the day that you can use when ever you want.

We will be adding two further resources, waking wellbeing prayer specifically aimed at supporting a healthy start to the day aimed at reducing stress or if you are feeling overwhelmed.  After that we will also do a version before going to bed – to again aim to promote spirituality and the reduction of stress. Then we will get going with all the seasonal variations.

These will be linked to sung chants so you can join in with these cyberly – and also we plan to record some of the prayer practices so you can participate in the same way if you were joining in with other daily prayer in St Mary Aldermarys.

Any questions, do come back to me.

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Great Resource for Daily Prayer

Thanks to Jennie Hogan for this heads up on this one, as many in Moot have asked where you find the texts for Daily Prayer in its Morning and Evening format. Well Jennie has let me know of an online resource. See here This gives you everything you need in trad or contemporary form saving you money so you don’t need to buy a lectionary. So please do use this if you are seeking something that immerses you in scriptural texts in the Hebrew Scriptures or Christian New Testament.

Remember that this practice in the Church of England is inherited as an adapted monastic approach to daily prayer. It is the practice to say the Benedictus in the morning, Magnificat in the evening and Nunc Dimittis in the night. Daily Prayer in the Church of England remains centred on these three core texts to the early church. Unsurprisingly these texts are full of hope and I increasingly find these inspirational. it is also much easier to do this form of prayer with others. It is aimed at small gatherings of people.

Hope that makes sense. So if you are experimenting with prayer with friends or your household or what ever, why not try this. The link above gives you everything you will need.

POSTED 04.07.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Great Resource for Daily Prayer

Need time to explore a deeper spirituality?

Often at this time of year our lives are full of rushing.  That we miss the rise of Spring, and new opportunities.  Well, here in the Moot Community we have another opportunity to develop a deeper form of prayer by a day experiencing and trying out different approaches to prayer and meditation in an attempt to find approaches that work for you.


So if you are interested or need more information, please click here.

POSTED 11.05.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Need time to explore a deeper spirituality?

Moot Prayer Development Day 23rd May 2009

Following on from our plans at Easter with the Moot Rhythm of Life Service and the Passover meal on Maundy Thursday, we invite Julie Dunstan to lead us again to experience different forms of prayer or techniques that can then be used in personal prayer, or resources to use within Moot Services.


For more info or to book places, please click here

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Abba – the Lord's Prayer

At today’s Remembrance Sunday service I was struck once again by the centrality of the Lord’s Prayer to every form of service. Remembrance Sunday is a difficult service anywhere, with memories of so many dead in so many wars. It was doubly hard this year, the 90th anniversary of the end of the first Great War, among serving soldiers and others seeking to create the kind of development that may defuse the seeds of future war.

In the middle of the memories of past wars and the hopes of preventing coming wars, a service that has many elements contains the Lord’s Prayer. I’ve been greatly enjoying, and finding unexpectedly challenging, a book by Evelyn Underhill, “Abba” – a series of meditations on the Lord’s Prayer. Today I found particularly sharp a passage on “Thy Kingdom Come”:

“It is true that the most drastic social reform, the most complete dethronement of privilege, cannot of themselves bring the Kingdom in; for peace and joy in the Holy Spirit can only come to us by the free gift of the Transcendent. But at least these can clear the ground, prepare the highway of God; and here every act of love, each sacrifice, each conquest of prejudice, each generous impulse carried through into action counts.”
A challenge to me to ensure that my work – all there is time for at present, I fear, along with daily prayer and a bit of time in the gym – is indeed a generous impulse carried into action, and a conquest of prejudice. That way I can indeed feel that I am part of the action of God’s Will that makes such war less likely.
This may seem an unlikely reflection for today. But the unlikely is – happily – the way of God’s Will. Evelyn Underhill again: “It was by an unlikely route that Christ, the country carpenter, itinerant preacher, and victim of local politics, carried humanity up to God. It was in defiance alike of the probable and the suitable that St. Paul was chosen, seized, transmuted, and turned to the purposes of the Will.” So by God’s grace there’s always hope.

POSTED 09.11.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments (4)