What Is a Moments of Grace + Prayer Retreat?
These are individually directed retreats made during the course of everyday life. Retreats are offered for one week or one month duration. Couples in committed relationships have the option of meeting as a couple with a spiritual companion, rather than separately.
- During a Week of Grace + Prayer, each participant is invited to pray privately for at least 30 minutes each day, and will meet with his/her spiritual companion privately for 30 minutes each day, Monday through Friday. Confidential, one-on-one meetings with spiritual companions take place in the afternoon or evening, at the convenience of each participant.
- During a Month of Grace + Prayer, each participant is invited to pray privately for at least 20 minutes each day, and will meet with his/her spiritual companion privately for one hour, once per week for four consecutive weeks. Confidential, one-on-one meetings with spiritual companions take place in the morning, afternoon or evening, at the convenience of each participant.
Who Can Make These Retreats?
This is an ecumenical ministry so any adult is welcome regardless of parish/church affiliation or denomination.
Why Make this Retreat?
This retreat is personalized to what you are hoping for – your spiritual companion will offer suggestions accordingly. For many, it is an opportunity to explore new ways of praying, to experience spiritual direction for the first time and to become more aware of God’s presence in your life. Here is what some retreatants have said about their experience:
“My spiritual companion was excellent, understood my concerns and goals, and offered many suggestions for types of prayers and activities. My companion listened! I think we were an excellent match, and since there was no information about each other given during registration, I believe it was God’s will. Thank you, God!”
“I was feeling that my prayer life was in a rut. Now my spiritual/prayer life have started a new, fresh chapter I hope will unfold for years to come.”
“This retreat is so practical – integrating my spiritual life and my work life with simple prayer techniques I can use on a daily basis.”
“For the first time in my life, I am beginning to truly believe that Jesus desires to be my friend.”
“I now recognize ways I was already praying, but did not appreciate.”
“This retreat improved my prayer life more than anything else I have ever done.”
Some Other Details
The retreat begins on a Sunday, where there is prayer as a group and each participant meets his/her spiritual companion (lasts about 90 minutes).
Closing of the retreat is celebrated as a group and lasts about 90 minutes. The closings most often are held on Saturday mornings, but otherwise on Sundays.
One may still participate in the retreat if not able to attend the opening and/or closing gatherings.
The opening session, closing session, and all individual meetings with spiritual companions take place in the hosting church’s facilities. If you cannot meet in person one or more sessions, it is possible to meet via phone or Skype at a mutually convenient time.
There is no registration fee, but retreatants are invited to share the costs of the retreat as they are able. Regarding offering amount, the average cost for each retreatant is about $44, some retreatants contribute less and some contribute more. Offerings may be given to the retreat coordinator, cash or check made out to Week/Month of Grace + Prayer. Your offerings help support the continuation of this ministry.