Although some people think of meditation as an Eastern practice, it has been an important part of Christian spirituality from the beginning. Jesus practised silent prayer in the desert and it has been part of the practice of Christian monks and hermits ever since. It is sometimes described as Contemplation, which is simply a different name for what is essentially the same thing.
There are many different ways of meditating, but they all have in common the desire to become one with God in silence. Meditation has been shown to bring physical benefits as well as spiritual ones. It is known to ease stress, lower blood pressure and promote general well being
We have been meeting on Thursdays at St Peter's since mid 2011, and most of those who have joined us have found that regular practise brings benefits to their general well being, as well as improving their spiritual life.
We start with a short reading from the Bible or other Christian sources, then spend about 20 minutes in silence, ending with a short prayer.
Although we are a Christian group and our meditation sessions are conducted in a Christian context, members of other faiths (and none) are welcome to join us.
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If you would like to learn more, why not come along and join us? If you have not meditated before, it will be best if you come along early to start with so that we can give you guidance in meditation techniques; make contact with us by emailing us on email@example.com, so that we can arrange for someone to meet you and explain what we do. If you are experienced, then just come along. We try to start at 1pm prompt, so it is best to arrive a few minutes before then. Enter the church through Cornerstone (one of the volunteers will open the door for you) and you will find us in the South Aisle, near the South door. There is no charge for attendance, although we will occasionally take a collection for the work of the World Community for Christian Meditation.