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Here we can share poems, reflections, meditations or stories to engage our spirituality.

 

All of us have different ways of engaging with our spirituality. Whither it is through formal worship, sharing Communion, worshiping through song or through words.

This page gives us the opportunity to offer each other those words of hope and companionship.

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or to comment on a contribution by others.

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May this be a blessing to us all.

Shared during May and June 2020...

A response to Sunday service 7th June and YouTube video

Hi all, what a lovely way to begin this Sunday morning. The entire content plus the messages included all good to read and soak up.

With regards to Caroline’s reading about agreeing with one another it made me stop for a moment and think on it.

From my own experience (one of my warts) when I have heard a story or bit of gossip, when I have been very unaccepting of another persons opinions, it has often festered and as a rule those negative feelings of upset, anger sometimes, disappointments have grown from an ant hill into a mountain. Therefore  following our teachings today, if and when I feel there is a problem brewing between someone and myself (I Hope very few and far between), I am going to try and talk to whoever is involved, bite the bullet and clear the air.

 

Thank you Team St.Andrews

Pauline Hulme

Please be kind 💖


As governments are trying to figure out how to ease back into a new normal, please remember:

🛑 Some people don’t agree with the suggested reopening.... that’s okay. Be kind.

🏡 Some people are still planning to stay at home.... that’s okay. Be kind.

🦠 Some are still scared of getting the virus and a second wave happening....
that’s okay. Be kind.

💰 Some are sighing with relief to go back to work knowing they may possibly save their business or their homes....that’s okay. Be kind.

👩🏾‍⚕️Some are thankful they can finally have a surgery they have put off....that’s okay. Be kind.

📝 Some will be able to attend interviews after weeks without a job....that’s okay. Be kind.

😷 Some will wear masks for weeks....that’s okay. Be kind.

💅🏻 Some people will rush out to get the hair or nails done.... that’s okay. Be kind.

❤️ The point is, everyone has different viewpoints/feelings and that’s okay. Be kind.

We each have a different story. If you need to stay home, stay home. But be kind.

If you need to go out, just respect others when in public and be kind!

Don’t judge fellow humans because you’re not in their story.
We all are in different Financial and mental states than we were months ago.

So remember, be kind.

A letter to St. Andrews from Canada.

"How are you coping?",  "What are you doing ?" people ask me. First, I feel connected to St Andrews although we are across the Atlantic. With the Wednesday morning prayer service online, I see the other side of the choir stalls, discussing what hymn we are to sing. And on Sundays us all sitting in rows and the coffee percolating beforehand. I go around the room in my prayers, connected.

"How do you pray?", "What do you do?", "How do you keep going?" are questions people ask me. Well the short answer is sometimes I don’t. Like others, I end up in a heap on the floor and I tell myself its OK. When I dust myself off and get up again I revert to tried and tested patterns that work for me. First I need structure. To begin with, in lock-down, I felt I was drifting with no sense of purpose. I made a daily list  which starts with prayer, meditation,  breakfast and fitness. I learned the hard way that prayer life needs to be intentional. With my routine disrupted, my prayer space mentally and physically eroded, I went back to my wardrobe  and prayed each morning. That’s right I pray in my closet. We have a small walk in closet with a sky light window. I put a comfortable chair in the middle space and prayed. I have my icon on the top of the chest of drawers and I sit sometimes with my computer listening to on-line services and prayers. Sometimes I do my own thing and occasionally I have prayer books, Canadian, Australian and English sitting at my side for inspiration and when completely bereft of creativity I have my day-book with prayers at the back.

"Why are you praying in a closet when you have all this space?" people asked me. I came out of my closet but it’s not the same. When people walk past they know what I am doing. They do not interrupt.  It’s a small secure space away from distraction and it becomes habit. Get up. Get read. Go to wardrobe. It works for me.

Another prayer I do is the Jesuit examen prayers. Not that I have used that for some time. Each evening I reflect on what I have done that day, ask where have I found the face of God in the day, and give thanks for the day in preparation for the next day. When I do this regularly it puts me in a place of gratitude and God is in my mind throughout the day in order to reflect in the evening. It’s a heightened awareness of Gods presence. There are many versions and you may want to look them up to see if it works for you. Here is mine https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/examen-prayer-card/

Gratitude comes from giving. As a spiritual director I am seeing a few people on social media. There is a constant feeling of gratitude for me as I find myself in the presence of the spirit. The ignorance, stupidity and greed of the media are pushed to the background as I see people out there of all faiths and none, reaching out to each other, The presence of God is in there midst.

"What do you pray?" I’m asked. Lots of different things. I do not have a set pattern or time. I sit, close my eyes, imagine the world in my mind and I pray where my brain stops to pray. After about 10 minutes I think that’s enough and open my eyes. Sometimes its longer, sometimes its shorter. Prayer has no hard and fast rules. In my formal morning prayer, I often say the Lord’s Prayer. The last section “For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.” reminds me it’s not about me, my ego. It’s about God.

 

Also, my spirituality is not always confined to my closet. I have had what could be termed mystical experiences out and about in the world, in quiet desolate places and crowded noisy shopping malls (pre-covid). Sometimes it’s a short conversation with a stranger or the bus driver. Though my morning meditations help me listen to God. And in listening I ask what am I meant to do? How shall I respond in a loving Christian way? A question I asked at the beginning of this lock-down. I normally visit seafarers at the Hamilton port. I am a chaplain with the mission to seafarers. Of course, we’re in lock-down so that’s out. It occurred to me that I am in a privileged position with a large retail space closed and fifty acres of land, I could intentionally self-isolate without too much hardship and it would be one less person in contact with others. Because I was available and not turning off my phone and computer to dash off to the next committee meeting, planning event or staff crises, people began to contact me for a chat, others wanting more depth and a few asked for spiritual direction. May be this is my purpose at this time? In giving, I receive back, keeping me in gratitude. I believe that Spirituality is personal and is in constant flux unlike the ever presence consistency of God. What works for me may not work for you. Listen. And if you want to chat, vent, pray or talk about more serious stuff, contact me. I have  most social media platforms except 'WhatAppp', and remember I am on eastern standard time and don’t do well in the early hours of the morning. Take care, stay safe and eat cake. (not too much though)

Annette https://www.spiritualdirectionannette.com/

Chaplain - Fr Nigel Stimpson. Tel: (0034) 608 403 024 Home: 952 472 140  Email: vicar.costadelsol@gmail.com

Churchwardens: Jen Sutton 622 252 074, John Brown 655 342 874

Reader: Caroline Macfarlane 697 867 377

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Vergers: Janice Harris 638 058 661 (Alhaurin), Sheila Allison 677 080 067 (Benalmadena), 

Pauline Hulme 633 405 884 (Calahonda), Di Mather (Los Boliches)

 
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