This afternoon I went to my church, Christ Church Winchester, as the contemplative space opened for 3 days:
Great use of the ‘front garden’ space.
A chance to think at each point. Each of these red threads has the same activities upon it.
- Put aside concerns, worries, and the contents of your pockets
- Write in an envelope where you think you’re missing opportunities to reap the fruits of the spirit [I felt that God is carrying me through a particularly difficult time, but that I am still allowing ‘busy busy’ to get in the way!]
- Holly Leaves: Feel them, feel the minor pain, and think how the pain would have been for Jesus on the Cross
- Thin cloth/nails. Feel how thin the cloth is (Jesus skin), how heavy the nails are.
- Water, given to Jesus, and poured out of his body. Drink some for refreshment or splash some on.
An MP4 playing, that I can’t find online, which really had me thinking as the words ‘Breathe Breathe Breathe’ got more difficult for the auditor to play, and the screen played a heartbeat … ending in a single line.
A song, the words “Some work too hard; but work won’t get us far”….
There was also a prayer tree at the end, to put forward a prayer as a response to the session.
I was in there about 40 minutes.
Dr Bex Lewis is passionate about helping people engage with the digital world in a positive way, where she has more than 20 years’ experience. She is Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University and Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University, with a particular interest in digital culture, persuasion and attitudinal change, especially how this affects the third sector, including faith organisations, and, after her breast cancer diagnosis in 2017, has started to research social media and cancer. Trained as a mass communications historian, she has written the original history of the poster Keep Calm and Carry On: The Truth Behind the Poster (Imperial War Museum, 2017), drawing upon her PhD research. She is Director of social media consultancy Digital Fingerprint, and author of Raising Children in a Digital Age: Enjoying the Best, Avoiding the Worst (Lion Hudson, 2014; second edition in process) as well as a number of book chapters, and regularly judges digital awards. She has a strong media presence, with her expertise featured in a wide range of publications and programmes, including national, international and specialist TV, radio and press, and can be found all over social media, typically as @drbexl.