Monday 22 September 2014 to Friday 26 September 2014Led by Phil Stone and David Rowe
Two things that seem increasingly absent in church are laughter (we take ourselves too seriously) and the ability to lament (we pretend that everything’s fine when it isn’t). Through careful study of the Scriptures David, Warden of Lee Abbey Devon, and Phil, Director of Scargill, will explore the importance of both of these qualities in the people of God and how we can rediscover them to reignite our own faith today. Book
Booking ref: 39MA14
Monday 13 October 2014 to Friday 17 October 2014Led by Phil Stone and Dave Hopwood
During this week we will explore Jesus' “I Am” statements in John's Gospel. They spell out what Jesus thinks about himself, and by doing that they show us what God is like. They speak of invitation, relationship, life and truth. In their own distinctive styles, Dave and Phil will explore these wonderful sayings and how, through the Spirit, they can transform our walk with Jesus.
Phil is the Director of Scargill; Dave is an author and speaker, who uses all kinds of visual media to communicate the Bible in a way that’s fun, informative and inspiring.
Booking ref: 42MA14
Monday 20 October 2014 to Friday 24 October 2014Led by Led by Peter Boorman & Margaret Stein CARM Chaplain: Rev Mary Gilbert
Scargill is once more partnering with the Creative Arts Retreat Movement for a retreat on the theme “A Multi-Layered Life”. We’ll use disparate media and objects to produce a finished piece, with Margaret helping you to make pictures and Peter enabling you to explore photography. Mary Gilbert will be on hand for some teaching input and to offer a listening ear. The retreat will include some times of silence together.
Booking ref: 43MB14
Friday 31 October 2014 to Sunday 2 November 2014Led by Michael Mitton
An opportunity to come away and reflect on how each day that we are given in this life is full of potential, opportunity and discovery. How can we treat each day as a gift from God so that we live life in all its fullness? Michael will explore this theme through talks, stories, images, poetry and music.
Michael is an Anglican minister, freelance writer and speaker, and Fresh Expressions Officer for Derby Diocese. He is author of ‘Dreaming of Home’ and ‘Travellers of the Heart’.
Booking ref: 44WA14
Monday 3 November 2014 to Friday 7 November 2014Led by Adrian & Bridget Plass
Most of us would love to know how it feels to be in the zone of God’s will. The prophet Daniel knew that the only truly worthwhile aim in life was to bravely represent his God. A lot of risks, a lot of danger but nothing deterred him. This week we are going to have a look at some of Daniel’s exploits.
It’s a truly extraordinary story. So extraordinary that it might make us feel like giving up. On the other hand, you never know, we might be inspired to stand up for our God and face a lion or two.
Adrian and Bridget are both writers and speakers who have brought their own blend of wit, warmth and honesty to people all over the world. Adrian writes primarily Christian humour, but also short stories, Bible commentaries and novels with a more serious tone. His "Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass" series has sold over a million copies worldwide. Bridget has written several books for the Bible Reading Fellowship and contributed to Day by Day with God Bible reading notes. Together they have been members of community at Scargill House since 2010.
Booking ref: 45MA14
Monday 10 November 2014 to Wednesday 12 November 2014Led by Phil Stone and the Scargill Community
A two-day retreat marking Armistice day one hundred years after the beginning of the First World War. We will reflect on the horrors of conflict and the courage of so many, with insights from wartime poets and artists. Among others, we’ll learn about Studdert Kennedy, better known as “Woodbine Willie”, a Chaplain during the Great War, and Kurt Reuber, a German doctor in the Second World War who drew the Stalingrad Madonna. With their help we will face up to the big question, “Where is God in all of this?” Book
The event will run from 4pm on Monday till lunch on Wednesday.
Booking ref: 46MA14
Monday 17 November 2014 to Friday 21 November 2014Led by Andreas Andersson, Scargill Chaplain
Join us for a fun and busy few days of improvising together as group. We’ll spend most of our time playing together, using music from all over the world and developing interplay and communication through exercises. Then we’ll discover how those skills overlap with spiritual practices that enable us to be creative and generous. We’ll end by sharing our findings in a concert for other guests. Instrumentalists and singers welcome! Some experience of playing with others and confidence on your instrument will help you fully enjoy this week. Book
Andreas has worked as a professional musician, touring Europe and recording several highly acclaimed albums. He also teaches improvisation, jazz and saxophone.
Kopasetic Productions (with the trio Plunge): http://www.kopasetic.se/en/plunge
Compunctio (as solo artist): http://www.compunctio.com
Booking ref: 47MB14
Monday 24 November 2014 to Friday 28 November 2014Led by Mike Talbot
Ararat, Sinai, Carmel, Transfiguration, Olives… Scargill. Again and again in the Bible God meets people on mountain tops. In the mountainous (well, almost) place that is Scargill we’ll explore what happens when heaven touches earth. A chance to look at some of the mountain stories in the Bible, and the impact that they have on the lives of people then and now. And a chance to get out and climb our own mountains in search of the One who reveals Himself to us. Book
Mike is vicar of Emmanuel Northwood.
Booking ref: 48MA14
Friday 5 December 2014 to Sunday 7 December 2014Led by Bridget Plass and Diane Stone
A woman's lot has never been too easy has it? Throughout the Bible women have been expected to hitch their skirts and follow, and to put themselves second, third or even fourth. At this time of the year we can feel a bit overwhelmed as we face the challenges of yet another Christmas. Come and be defrazzled (and a bit pampered) as we meet some of the women in Jesus’ family tree, and discover, debate and laugh about what it means, and definitely doesn't mean, to be a Christian woman today.Book
The input and discussion during this event is for women only. "Scargill: a Safe Place to say Dangerous Things", which is for men only, is running at the same time. You are most welcome to come on your own, or couples can attend the separate talks and enjoy the rest of the weekend together.
Bridget has written several books for the Bible Reading Fellowship and contributed to Day by Day with God Bible reading notes. She and her husband Adrian have brought their own blend of wit, warmth and honesty to people all over the world. Diane Stone is part of the Leadership Team at Scargill and has particular responsibility for the recruitment and care of Community members as well as all matters creative. Bridget and Diane (and their husbands) were founding members of the new Community at Scargill House when it re-opened in 2010.
Booking ref: 49WB14
Friday 5 December 2014 to Sunday 7 December 2014Led by Phil Stone and Adrian Plass
Really? How safe? How dangerous? This weekend offers a forum for men who have something to say, and would like to say it without being directed firmly back to the party line. No holds barred. Whether you're into Mozart or Meatloaf, poetry or press-ups, beer or Beaujolais, or all of the above, this weekend might be for you. We'll be using the Psalms as a trigger but after that we want to hear what you have to say. We'll have some laughs, maybe an argument or two, possibly a few tears, and above all we'll do our best to be honest.
The input and discussion during this event is for men only. "Sandals, Soup and Sacrifice", which is for women only, is running at the same time. You are most welcome to come on your own, or couples can attend the separate talks and enjoy the rest of the weekend together.
Adrian and Phil, together with their wives, were founding members of the new Community at Scargill House when it re-opened in 2010. Phil is the Director of the Scargill Movement. Adrian is a writer, primarily of Christian humour, but also short stories, Bible commentaries and novels with a more serious tone. His "Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass" series has sold over a million copies worldwide. He and his wife Bridget have brought their own blend of wit, warmth and honesty to people all over the world.
Booking ref: 49WA14
Monday 26 January 2015 to Friday 30 January 2015Led by The Scargill Chaplains
Join us in an exploration of hospitality as the adventure where we find fellow travellers - strangers whom we are called to love. Sessions will include looking at how Jesus practiced hospitality, sharing our own stories and exploring together what hospitality may look like in the places that we live. Where are those strangers that we
may receive? And where are we ‘strangers’ needing to be received by others?
Booking ref: 05MA15
Friday 30 January 2015 to Sunday 1 February 2015Led by Phil Stone and the Scargill Community
Everyone loves a good movie! And whether by accident or design, biblical values and truths often end up on the silver screen. If we look, we might just find the character of Jesus revealed to us in new ways, and some fresh inspiration for our discipleship. So come for a fun, inspirational and popcorn-filled weekend as we link Biblical narratives with movies old and new and discover God's love in places we never saw it before.Book
Phil Stone is a film-lover, an engaging speaker and the Director of the Scargill Movement.
Booking ref: 05WA15
Monday 2 February 2015 to Friday 6 February 2015Led by Andreas Andersson, Scargill Chaplain
An exploration of the Sermon on the Mount as an invitation to joyfully participate in God’s adventurous life. Sessions will include teaching, workshops, communal reflection and looking at the world in which we live to understand how we can be energized by the “Shalom path” of Jesus for us and our world. Book
Andreas is Chaplain at Scargill House, and works internationally in Christian Peacemaker Teams with faith-community based nonviolent peacemaking. http://www.cpt.org/
Booking ref: 06MA15
Friday 6 February 2015 to Sunday 8 February 2015Led by Jackie & Paul Reily
A short break for couples - enjoy each other’s company and find ways of making a good relationship even better! Do you have a car? Do you look after it? Does it have an MOT every now and then? How about your relationship? Take time out together in this beautiful part of the world to look back and look forward. There will be plenty of time to be with each other, to laugh a lot and to talk. How ever many years you’ve been together there’s still more you can find out and enjoy about each other.
Jackie and Paul are members of the Scargill Community.
Booking ref: 06WA15
Monday 9 February 2015 to Friday 13 February 2015Led by Phil Stone
Paul's letter to the Ephesians has much to say to us today. He speaks passionately about God's generous love that is to be found in Christ - abundant, immeasurable, more than our imaginations can comprehend! In fact it’s lavishly given. As well as exploring this amazing love, there is also a call to a distinctive lifestyle. During this week we’ll explore some of the themes that run through this wonderful letter.
Phil is the Director of Scargill House.Book
Booking ref: 07MB15
Monday 9 February 2015 to Friday 13 February 2015Led by Becky Widdows & Margi Walker
Enneagram 1 was so popular that we are glad to offer Enneagram 2. This course is for those who have already done a basic Enneagram course, either here or somewhere else. We will continue to explore the Enneagram system within the Christian tradition, and how we can use it to deepen our relationships with God, ourselves and others.
Becky Widdows was a Lay Chaplain at Lee Abbey Devon and now works freelance in spiritual direction, retreat work and counselling. Margi Walker is part of the Scargill Pastoral Team.
Booking ref: 07MA15
Friday 20 February 2015 to Sunday 22 February 2015Led by Claire Watts
No art or painting skills necessary! There will be opportunities for reflecting on Scriptures, followed by guided sessions in which we will express our hearts and our prayers to our Father God through colour, mark and shape. In a world that relies strongly on words, this will be a chance to experiment with non-verbal prayer and expression in simple yet meaningful ways. No need to bring anything as all materials will be provided, but you might like to wear comfortable old clothes or an apron. Book
Claire is the Creativity Co-ordinator at Scargill.
Booking ref: 08WB15
Monday 23 February 2015 to Friday 27 February 2015Led by Annie Naish
“How can we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” Do you feel like an alien in strange culture? Are you puzzled about how to connect with your neighbours? Some say that the church is now in exile, isolated from contemporary society. If so, how do we live out our faith in this hostile environment? We’ll explore how the theme of exile in scripture can inspire and equip us to live as missional Christians.
Annie is Missioner for the Lee Abbey Movement.
Booking ref: 09MA15
Monday 23 February 2015 to Friday 27 February 2015Led by Felicity Lawson
The Bible is full of stories about journeys - some are exciting, some terrifying, some so slow that they’re downright boring! Using stories from the Bible and elsewhere we shall explore our own journeys with God, whether we have been travelling together for a long time or only just begun, and consider where all this is leading us. Felicity is a vicar in Leeds, and has helped lots of people to explore their personal journeys. Wherever you’ve got to on yours, if you’d like to move forward this week is for you.Book
Booking ref: 09MB15
Friday 27 February 2015 to Sunday 1 March 2015Led by Jon Kuhrt, Annie Kirke and Paul Reily
Justice and righteousness are at the heart of God's character. How much does the Church reflect these characteristics? How do we hold together practical and spiritual care? How do we develop an authentically missional social action? Book
Jon (West London Mission), Annie (London Missional Communities and Westminster Churches Winter Shelter Coordinator) and Paul (Scargill Community and formerly of Housing Justice) explore the theology and practice of social action and ask what this has to do with the Kingdom of God today.
Booking ref: 09WB15
Monday 2 March 2015 to Friday 6 March 2015Led by Adrian and Bridget Plass
Storms happen. They happen to Christians and non-Christians alike, but followers of Jesus are obliged to accept that the storms in their lives are as likely to be orchestrated or allowed by God as by the devil. Job would have a thing or two to say about that. This week we are going to look at the ways in which Bible characters deal with trouble and strife. The wild weather of life batters us and damages us and pushes us off course. But is it possible to get out from under and, in some sense, to ride the storm? We shall see.
Booking ref: 10MA15
Monday 9 March 2015 to Friday 13 March 2015Led by Andreas Andersson
Here’s a big question: As Christians we know that in Christ God reconciled the world to Godself – but how does that work? Theories like “Ransom” and “Penal Substitution” seemingly lead to arguments and division. But could they be better treated as guides to the big story of God’s generous love that we bring the world? What if we can dance over the fault lines instead of tripping over them? Together we’ll unpack those images to see what gifts they bring us. Andreas is Chaplain at Scargill House.Book
Booking ref: 11MA15
Monday 9 March 2015 to Friday 13 March 2015Led by Bishop Graham Dow
Just as Jesus entrusted his followers with sharing the gospel and healing the sick, so it is good today for all Christians to find confidence to offer prayer for healing. Expect careful prayer ministry in a small group and a chance to learn simple skills offering physical and inner healing to others. Bishop Graham has been leading these courses for over 25 years. Book
Booking ref: 11MB15
Friday 20 March 2015 to Sunday 22 March 2015Led by Roger Jones and Team
Teaching and ministry about worship for leaders, musicians and all worshippers. This weekend will include bible teaching, lots of worship times and sessions on prophetic worship, leading and planning worship and healing in worship. Book
Roger Jones has directed Christian Music Ministries since 1984. He studied piano, organ and general musicianship at Birmingham Conservatoire – formerly a music teacher in an inner city school – he has written 22 musicals and numerous psalms, hymns and songs.
Christian Music Ministries aims to use music to share the gospel, to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit and to equip and encourage individuals and churches, through seminars, workshops, music weeks and performances. See our website for further information - www.cmm.org.uk
Booking ref: £127
Monday 20 April 2015 to Friday 24 April 2015Led by Ian & Gail Adams
We all dream of a better world. More peaceful, more harmonious, more caring and more celebratory. That peaceful world must begin in us. This retreat with Ian and Gail Adams of the Beloved Life project will be an opportunity to explore how we might discover, nurture and then live out from our deep God-given inner peace. This may gradually come to be experienced as an unfurling into a life of imagination, adventure, and generosity.
This week at Scargill will offer a spacious mix of teaching, conversation, stillness and spiritual practice. Ian & Gail plan to offer some of the session content outside where there will be opportunities to do some body prayer, observe nature and create some earth-art together.
Gail is a life-coach, mentor and retreat-leader working with insights and wisdom to connect you with your joyful potential in both good and tough times. Gail runs the see:change project.
Ian is a poet, photographer, artist and Anglican priest, creator of the daily Morning Bell on social media, director of StillPoint, author of 'Cave Refectory Road: monastic rhythms for contemporary living', 'Running Over rocks: spiritual practices to transform tough times' and 'Unfurling' (Canterbury Press).
Together they run the Beloved Life project which offers a mix of resources & practices, events & gatherings, re-imagining what it means to be truly human and to shape a better world. The project is rooted in the wisdom, practices and spirituality of the Jesus path, and draws particularly on stillness, the contemplative traditions and the arts.
Booking ref: 17MA15
Monday 27 April 2015 to Friday 1 May 2015Led by Ann Morisy
We don’t look forward to getting old - but mostly we prefer it to the alternative! These four days are a precious opportunity to hear ourselves think about this gift of years. Book
‘Doing business with God’ is key to a positive experience of growing old. Having a sense of purpose matters, and so too does resilience. So come and make the most of a frank, fearless and prayerful consideration of this vital but often ignored subject.
The third age represents an entirely new map of life, with extraordinary opportunities – and challenges. Take the opportunity to reflect on how to make the most of the third age and how later life can be shaped by Christian vocation and spirituality.
Ann Morisy has studied ageing for over 30 years – and now it’s personal! Scargill is delighted to welcome back this internationally acclaimed speaker, workshop leader and writer. Ann’s presentations are always down to earth but informed by scholarship and honesty as well as engaging and light-hearted.
Booking ref: 18MA15
Friday 1 May 2015 to Sunday 3 May 2015Led by Adrian and Bridget Plass
Very little compares with that moment when a genuine smile warms our hearts. Where can we discover and enjoy the affection of God for the children he loves? Through other people? Through the Bible? Through music or the natural world? Perhaps through avenues that we have never really considered? What do you think? Come and help us to explore and gain confidence from the smile on the face of God, one of the best and most encouraging experiences we will ever know.
Adrian and Bridget are both writers and speakers who have brought their own blend of wit, warmth and honesty to people all over the world. They have been part of the Scargill Community since 2009. www.adrianplass.com
Booking ref: 18WA15
Monday 4 May 2015 to Friday 8 May 2015Led by Dave Hopwood and Simeon Wood
Simeon and Dave delve into the relationship between music, movies, life and faith. They will take you on a fascinating and fun journey through a tapestry of sound, story and film. Using their years of experience they’ll draw comparisons between their passions for music and movies and devotion to Jesus. Be prepared to rediscover God and the lilting pulse of life’s calling. Book
Dave is an author and speaker who uses all kinds of visual media to communicate the Bible in a way that's fun, informative and inspiring. davehopwood.com
Simeon is a musician, composer and entertainer who plays over 20 instruments and enjoys performing on a very wide variety of platforms all over the world. simeonwood.com
Booking ref: 19MB15
Monday 11 May 2015 to Friday 15 May 2015Led by Patrick Baker & Jo Penn
Is it just me or does everyone find prayer difficult? What is prayer anyway? Talking or listening? Meditating, contemplating, or vegetating? Is there a secret formula? What do I do with my body? Should the earth move? Can I be honest with God? What’s going on in the silence? Join us in tackling these and other questions together and sharing our experiences. Heaven, here we come!
Patrick and Jo are both experienced Spiritual Directors and members of the Scargill Pastoral Team.
20MA15 Standard adult price: £246
Booking ref: 20MA15
Monday 18 May 2015 to Friday 22 May 2015Led by Phil Stone and David Rowe
“White water rafting” is how many people term going through life today. We are skimming in our relationships and investing in style instead of substance. The danger is that we end up shrivelling up inside and our heart becomes malnourished. We need to stop and take time to nourish our hearts. Join Phil Stone, leader of the Scargill Community, and David Rowe, leader of the Lee Abbey Community, in a week that offers an opportunity to restore the soul.
Booking ref: 21MA15
Friday 29 May 2015 to Sunday 31 May 2015Led by Becky Widdows & Margi Walker
Enneagram: God Shaped People 1
Fri 29 to Sun 31 May
Led by Becky Widdows & Margi Walker
Come and discover more about who you are and how God might want to shape you. We will use the Enneagram as a tool to help us grow in understanding ourselves and others. Enneagram is Greek for ‘9 points’ and describes nine personality types. The final session will be after lunch on Sunday so you may want to book an extra night. Becky is a Spiritual Director, Retreat leader and Counsellor. Margi is on the Pastoral Team at Scargill. If you’ve done a basic course before, you can take it further with our Enneagram 2 event in February.
22WA15 Standard adult price: £127
Booking ref: 22WA15
Friday 29 May 2015 to Sunday 31 May 2015Led by Sam & Jennie Cappleman
A weekend to meet with our unchanging God as we reflect on the changing nature of our times. ‘Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould’ (Romans 12: 2, JB Phillips translation). Together we'll look at how we can maintain the integrity of our faith in our 21st century world, a world many see as increasingly secular and post Christian. How do we reflect on, shape, grow and share our faith in the context of this world in a manner which is both relevant and grounded? How do we hear God’s voice and find solid ground in ever shifting sand?
Both ordained in the St Albans’ Diocese, Sam was a global executive in an international IT company and is now Executive Chair of the Lee Abbey Movement and Jennie was a parish priest.
Booking ref: 22WB15
Monday 1 June 2015 to Thursday 4 June 2015Led by Sue Rose & Team
A residential workshop working in Christian gestalt therapeutic groups with Rev Sue Rose and others from the 'Journey Into Healing' team. For those who are stuck on their life journey or carrying too much baggage from the past, we work together in a safe environment to enable growth, healing and the new freedom offered by Christ.
Contact Journey Into Healing directly to book:
Julia Legg, 6 Colchester Road, Sheffield S10 1SY email@example.com
Booking ref: Via Journey into Healing
Monday 8 June 2015 to Friday 12 June 2015Led by Christina Baxter
‘We seek him here, we seek him there’ - a chance to think about the ways in which the Spirit relates to us by looking at the biblical teaching and discovering the practice of Christians through the ages. How do we pray for the Spirit and when should we pray to the Spirit? What will the Spirit do when he comes to me, to my church, to our community, to our world?
In the three sessions each day there will be some formal learning, with a chance to look together at key Bible passages in a discussion setting, followed later in the day by a look at the Holy Spirit in art and music. We will offer a chance to wait on the Holy Spirit in one of the informal sessions.
Christina taught theology at St John’s Nottingham for over 30 years and has been preaching for 45 years. She has been privileged to see the Holy Spirit at work in many situations, not least in her own life.
Booking ref: 24MA15
Monday 8 June 2015 to Friday 12 June 2015Led by David Runcorn
A week to inspire, comfort and be renewed on the journey of faith together. Each morning we will read the story of Ruth – a wonderful narrative containing all the familiar dilemmas, griefs and joys of human living – and the search for God’s presence, protection and purposes through it all.
David is a popular writer, conference speaker and retreat leader – and a regular visitor to Scargill. You can meet him on his website www.davidruncorn.com Book
Booking ref: 24MB15
Monday 15 June 2015 to Friday 19 June 2015Led by Sheridan Voysey
You long to be married but are single. The whirlwind romance ended in divorce. Your chosen career hasn’t materialised. The child you desired never arrived. On this retreat we will explore the hidden work God does in us through dashed dreams, and how he can turn them into rich service to others. A greater tragedy than a broken dream is a life forever defined by one, so come and release your dreams to God, and see what he might do with them.
For ten years Sheridan Voysey and his wife Merryn dreamed of having a child, and pursued this dream through special diets, healing prayer, IVF, and adoption. But their dream never came to pass. Empty and confused from a decade of disappointment, they relocated from Australia to the UK to start again. What God did with their broken dream, however, went well beyond moving countries. During this week you will hear their story, find a safe place to share your own, and explore the ways God shapes us during these ‘wilderness’ experiences in our lives while enjoying the rest, beauty and sanctuary that Scargill offers.
Sheridan Voysey is a writer, speaker and broadcaster. The author of five books, his latest is the memoir Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into new Beginnings.
Find his podcasts and articles at www.sheridanvoysey.com Book
Booking ref: 25MA15