What is spirituality?
Spirituality it is said means different things to different people. For some, it's about growing in their faith by being part of a faith community. An individual can then become much more aware of their own spirituality and how it grows through worship and being part of a living community. Spirituality can then be thought of in terms of being relational. For Christians this is one way in which we might grow in our faith, how we grow in our relationship with other people and grow in our relationship with Jesus, and in so doing how we grow in our relationship with God.
For others, an awareness of their spirituality is based upon much more personal individual experiences: through private prayer, meditation, quiet reflection, mindfulness or even long walks.
Whirlow Spirituality Centre
Whirlow Spirituality Centre at the Chapel of the Holy Spirit is a leading centre in Sheffield providing facilities for individuals and groups who visit for personal and spiritual development, to explore their relationship with God through prayer, teaching and reflection individually and with others. Whirlow has been called a 'thin place' where people find God and a safe space for prayer, reflection and worship and is the reason that many people return again and again.
Programme of Spirituality Events
A programme of spirituality themed events runs each year at the Spirituality Centre. For details of the current programme please visit the website.
Many people recognise that having a Spiritual Director/Accompanier can be helpful. Someone to accompany you on your spiritual journey and reflect where and how God is working in your life. The Diocese maintains a network of Spiritual Accompaniers across the area that anyone, lay or ordained, can access via a short referral process. If you would like to know more we have a leaflet that gives a brief introduction to this ministry or contact Karen Colley on 01709 309116/ firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to begin the process.
Courses in Deepening Spirituality/Spiritual Accompaniment
The Diocese is committed to providing opportunities for people to spend a more extended period of time focussing more deeply on who they are called to be, discovering and maybe rediscovering their gifts.
Two courses are available to enable this:
Spiritual Growth and Transformation (SG&T)
Over the course of six months participants are given a safe and sacred space in which to explore, reflect and share their own experience of their relationship with God, and themes such as images of God, images of self, the spiritual journey and personal call are explored. This course forms the first stage of the Art of Spiritual Accompaniment training as well as being a stand-alone experience.
The next course will run from September 2017 to February 2018. For more information visit the St Peter's College course page.
The Art of Spiritual Accompaniment (ASA)
This course, running over six months, builds on what was experienced in SG&T but is more focussed on developing the skills of discerning listening, exploring and practicing a range of approaches to prayer and to introduce the practice of Spiritual Accompaniment. It’s particularly aimed at those who feel drawn to listening to other’s faith journeys, accompanying others on their journey or sense a call to the ministry of Spiritual Accompaniment/Direction.
The next course is likely to be September 2018 - keep up to date with course informati0on and to register your interest visit the St Peter's College course page.