A Lent Reflection
Lent is a time to learn to travel light,
to clear the clutter from our crowded lives,
and find a space,
Deserts are bleak: no creature comforts,
only a vast expanse of stillness,
sharpening awareness of ourselves and God.
Uncomfortable places, deserts.
Most of the time we're tempted to avoid them,
finding good reasons to live lives of ease;
cushioned by noise of self-discovery,
clutching at world's success to stave off fear.
But if we dare to trust the silence,
to strip away our false security,
God can begin to grow his wholeness in us,
fill up our emptiness,
destroy our fears,
give us new vision,
courage for the journey,
and make our desert blossom like a rose.
Take a look at our upcoming events at Foxhill - If you can't make the dates we are always happy to welcome guests for a personal retreat, please get in touch to check availability.
Chester CMD allowances can be used to meet the costs of retreats.
A bursary is available for those on low income.
|For more information and booking forms please contact:
Foxhill@chester.anglican.org or Tel: 01928 733777
The full programme can be found here.
Stop, Look and Listen Days
Held on the second Monday of the month, these mini-retreats are a chance to step back from the busyness of everyday life and listen to what God is saying to you.
'For God so loved the world..." John 3:16 stripped down.
12th March - 9.30am - 3.30pm
Led by Revd Peter Geddes
£22 - Including lunch and refreshments
We shall endeavour a fresh and detailed look at this verse to encourage and to challenge in order to deepen our understanding of the will and purpose of God.
The Stop, Look and Listen programme can be found here
We are pleased to welcome our friends from Acorn to Foxhill to lead three days on reconciliation, prayer ministry and forgiveness.
Acorn equip individuals and organisations to become beacons of healing and wholeness
Reconciliation - Mending Broken Relationships
8th March - 9.30am - 4.00pm
Led by Acorn's Director, Revd Wes Sutton
£27.50 - Including lunch and refreshments
This day will explore the process by which individuals and church communities can understand what is happening in times of conflict, and teach them how to find the appropriate and biblical mechanisms of handling ‘difference’ before it becomes destructive. This interactive day provides both a biblical and theoretical framework for engaging with conflict and approaches to transforming the relationships involved.
More information about all three days can be found here
'That's where the light gets in...' 48 Hours for Holy Week
26th March 4.00pm - 28th March 4.00pm
Led by Andrew and Wendy Rudd
£165 - Including en-suite accommodation, meals and refreshments.
'There is a crack in everything. That's where the light gets in...' Leonard Cohen.
Be still and reflect on the mystery of Holy Week in the beautiful Spring environment of Foxhill. In short introductions, Andrew will bring words and music to lead us into periods of silence. Wendy will offer creative spaces for quiet reflection.
As we journey through lent, our Director Jonathon reminds us of the importance to take time to declutter our lives and focus our attention on Jesus:
I recently heard a story in a sermon of a father and son walking on a beach. The son is playing and picks up a shell in his hand and sees it is beautiful. He looks at the tiny ridges and the smooth white expanse of it. He then picks up another, and another and another until his hands are full. Then he looks out into the water and sees a huge starfish, ten times bigger and more beautiful than the rest. He runs our towards the starfish in the waves but then back to the shore. Again he runs out and looks at the starfish and runs back. He runs out a third time, and when he runs back the father asks "why didn't you pick up the starfish?". The son looks anxious and replies "because my hands are so full of shells!".
It's a good reminder as we continue our journey through lent to remember that our lives are often full of shells - all the stuff that crowds into our lives and takes our focus away from God.
I pray that you find space in your life through this Lent to allow God to increase His wholeness in you, filling any emptiness with His spirit.
I look forward to seeing you at Foxhill again soon
For more information about any of our events or to make a booking, please contact the Foxhill team at:
01928 733777 or
Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10 NIV)