Resources - St Antony's can offer various resources for you to use at home or out and about, as an individual or as a group / organisation.
'Durham Passion Walk' created by Fiona Fidgin
Last year during Holy Week our 'Durham Passion Walk' was very successful. This year whilst we are not actively organising a set time for a Priory led walk, we are making available the necessary audio files and text resources you will need if you'd like to walk it again this year.
The idea was to use this audio resource to facilitate an individual
pilgrimage through the events of Good Friday. Together these files
created a complete audio guide for the walk.
You can listen to these audio files now on the Sound Cloud player
(page right) You can also download these files directly to a suitable
mp3 device from our Sound Cloud page HERE
Our audio files are accompanied by a printed handout and a map to
read on the walk.
Download the Passion Walk Text Guide HERE
Download the Passion Walk 2014 Map HERE
At each of the stops on the walk, there will be an opportunity to
engage in the Passion narrative through scripture readings,
reflection and prayer. As was the case in Jesus’ day, the ongoing life
of a busy city becomes the backdrop for the events of the story.
Pausing to reflect at certain key locations, you may discover the
story of Christ’s Passion coming alive in a new way.
St Antony’s Passion Walk can be walked at any time, we suggest you
walk it during Holy week or during Lent in the run up to Easter.
Important Information: St Antony’s Passion Walk begins and ends at
St Antony’s Priory.
We are a few minutes walk from the Prince Bishops car park and on
the Park and Ride Bus Route.
PLEASE DO NOT PARK AT ST ANTONY'S AS CAR PARKING IS VERY
LIMITED AND REQUIRED FOR STAFF AND VISITING CLIENTS.
Does everyone walk together? No, St Antony’s Passion Walk is an individual, contemplative journey. That means you can go at your own pace. It is not a Walk of Witness where a large group of people walk together.
Is it the same as The Stations of the Cross? The Stations of the Cross is a traditional representation of the journey of Jesus from Gethsemane to the Cross. Our walk covers similar ground, but invites you to reflect at locations which resonate with key events and takes place out and about in the city, so the buildings and landscapes of Durham bring their own dynamic to the story.
The walk should take you no more than 2 hours depending on how quickly you walk.
We advise you wear strong shoes if you intend to complete our passion walk and please be prepared for any weather!
We ask that you consider donating a small amount to St Antony's Priory if you download or use our resources. You can see how to do this on our website donations page HERE
'Come to the well and drink'
A 6 week course exploring and experiencing different ways of praying
This course is intended for those of any Christian tradition. It is experiential and reflective. No expertise is required- only a desire for God. In offering this course we want to help people to pray and live reflectively; enable each one to enter into a deeper relationship with God.
Some ways of praying suit different people at different times. Sometimes we are thirsty for prayer and not sure how to go about it or are looking for a new way. The course offers suggestions and opportunities for exploring different ways into prayer. The invitation is to “Come to the Well and drink”. Be refreshed, restored, resourced.
Course: is offered as six sessions, each intended to last one and a half to two hours. Groups meet
weekly for six weeks or the material could be used flexibly over a weekend or as a series of days.
'New people, new places - Quiet spaces on home ground'
Seeking to bring the prayer and silence of a retreat to your own locality.
Do you need some space, time out in your everyday life to consider what is most important to you?
Do you long for some quiet in your life, a place a time to be still?
We realise that for many people coming to a retreat centre may be a big step, so we are offering to bring a retreat / quiet day to you on your home ground. We can offer a quiet day or a morning / evening slot if you’d prefer.
•Exploring ways into silence
•Meeting God and praying in Creation
•What is meditation? How can I begin?
•Ways to become whole in self and God
•Bringing our whole selves body, soul and spirit to prayer (dance, touch, lightness and laughter)
•How can the Bible come to life in my prayers?
•Exploring traditional ways and exceptional lives and what they teach us today.
See our Outreach page HERE for contact information.
We also have 'Dancing Our Prayers' resources available on our You tube HERE
Exploring Personal Prayer
Do you feel the need for some help with personal prayer?
Where to begin? How to structure the time?
Who is the God I am seeking?
St Antony’s Priory is able to offer at any time what normally goes on in a group process at a specific time to individuals over a four week period. The offer is to come and meet one to one with an experienced prayer guide who will offer you time and space to talk of your life and prayer and how to develop a closer relationship with God.
You will meet together for up to half an hour each week and you may be offered some suggestions and material to pray with in the following week.
This is not a set programme, but by being listened to the prayer guide will start where you are and then seek to allow you to move with the prompting of the Spirit of God.
Over the four weeks you will be asked to commit yourself to prayer on several days of the week and then to meet with you prayer guide for up to 30 minutes each week. At the end of the four weeks they will explore ways forward with you.
Whether you feel you are just starting to pray, have no time to pray, have got a bit stuck or just want to explore new things – come along and enjoy the opportunity to have this time to yourself to further the adventure of prayer .
No set charges…You are invited to give a donation to the work of St Antony's Priory.
Contact Paul at info at stantonyspriory.co.uk or 0191 384 3747