Prayer and Spirituality

The work in developing spirituality and prayer in our Diocese is led by Sister Dorothy Clark.  Sister Dorothy’s responsibilities include:

  • maintaining the Diocesan Prayer Diary.
  • supporting individuals and groups in their prayer life.
  • supporting and communicating information about available study and prayer groups, quiet days and retreats.
  • supporting individuals in finding a Spiritual Director.

Support for Bible Study and Prayer Groups:

The Spirituality Convener is available to suggest material that might be appropriate for groups and individuals to use, including:

  • Books
  • Art
  • Music
  • Videos

Please let Sister Dorothy know what resources your group is using, so that these can be added to the list of appropriate resources.

 

Daily Prayer and Compline:

The Diocese uses the Daily Prayer Offices of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Compline (Night Prayer) that are published each day by the Scottish Episcopal Church.  The links to each office are shared on the Diocesan Prayer Circle Facebook Page.

On Tuesdays at 9:00pm, individuals and groups from across the Diocese come together, wherever they are, to say Compline.  Those participating are encouraged to pray at this time for the Diocese, specific church needs, local people (christian names only), world-wide needs, events planned, linked groups as is appropriate to do so.

Specific prayer requests are shared with local groups by Sister Dorothy as it is appropriate to do so.  If you would like to request prayer from the wider Diocese, please use the Diocesan Prayer Circle Facebook Page (using Christian names or initial only to protect anonymity).  This is a private group moderated by Sister Dorothy and the Diocesan IT Officer to protect the content that is placed on the group.

Retreats and Quiet Days:

There are a number of retreat and quiet day opportunities taking place both locally within the Diocese, and throughout Scotland.  Information about these events are available on the website, or from Sister Dorothy.

A list of venues for individual and group quiet days and retreats can also be found.

Spiritual Direction:

More and more people these days are finding some benefit in spiritual direction.  This is the name for the process of accompanying someone on his/her spiritual journey but, in spite of using this old name, directors are not as directive as they used to be in times past.

Sharing thoughts and feelings with another helps one to discover the reality of God in everything and to link more closely one’s prayer with a desire to follow God’s will in the way one lives their life.  There are people in the Diocese – men and women, ordained and lay, who have trained as spiritual directors in the Ignatian tradition.

Anybody can benefit from spiritual direction.  It is not for any one type of person.  More information can be found here.