A Residential Praying Community...
In a hugely exciting new development, we plan to establish a small residential praying community, living on site at St Antony’s.
It is likely to comprise no more than about six people, men and women, who will live and pray together for about a year at a time. This, in turn, will create the energy and driving force that defines and sustains all other aspects of the life of the Priory.
There is still a great deal to work out in terms of how the community will function, but essentially the idea is that it will provide an opportunity for people, at any stage of life, who may be wondering where God might be calling them next, and for whom the experience of spending some time immersed in the discipline and structure of a praying community might be beneficial.
In addition, there are also four self-contained units in the cottage reserved for people wishing to spend time here on retreat, and join in with the rhythm of life. Each room has a sitting room with kitchen facilities, bedroom and en-suite shower room.
Numerous church groups and other organisations also come to St Antony’s for quiet days, retreats and away days, as well as to attend the various courses, workshops and other activities in the programme.
St Antony’s has gained a well deserved reputation for its work in support of the recovery community across the region by running a series of enormously popular ‘recovery days’. This have been complemented by various other wellbeing and peer mentoring programmes.
Ministry Support Days
Clergy suffer increasingly from stress and isolation, often in the context of ministering in extremely demanding circumstances. The Ministry Support Days provide an opportunity for clergy to reflect together on their faith and ministry in a prayerful, supportive and safe space.
Friends of St Antony’s
Our well-established Friends scheme enables those who have a connection with St Antony’s to support our work, and stay in touch. It is hoped that there may be ways of developing this network in a more intentional way to become a sort of extended family of people united not only by a desire to support St Antony’s but also as part of a wider praying community.