In this busy world, our eyes are frequently distracted by the dizzying array of neon gods all competing for our attention. The season of Advent has been observed in different ways by Christian communities around the world and across time. Advent today is a time of preparation, a time when we might slow down a little to regain our focus and direction, a time when we say ‘yes’ to God again.
Jesus shows us the importance of taking time to step away from the crowds and the milieu to spend time with God, to be restored spiritually. Following Jesus example, we will explore what it means to prepare a way for the Lord in our world and our hearts. Beginning the journey with sabbath we will explore through the Advent story the beauty of rest, liberation, wholeness and incarnation – Jesus with us.
Jason Powell is a priest in Manchester diocese with interest in early Celtic theology and practice, and the relationship between gaming and theology. Alongside his duties in the parishes, Jason also offers spiritual direction and has taught on diocesan courses. Before becoming a priest, Jason worked as a sound engineer, first in live venues with punk, rock and metal bands, then in video and short film sound.
Married to Amy and with two young girls when Jason isn’t with family or working, he finds some time for archery, reading, films and PS4 gaming.
Kevin Huggett a priest in the Anglican Church and currently Anglican Chaplain at Lancaster University. Kevin really enjoys working together other Christians of other traditions, and with different faith communities. Kevin really loves the opportunities of the vast cultural diversity of the staff and students at Lancaster University. In the past Kevin’s work has taken him to many parts of Africa and Asia. Kevin loves playing music, photography, art, fell walking, reading, gardening, camping, fresh water swimming and boating, charity shops, but most of all he enjoys spending time with his family and dog.
Venue and Practical Information
We have sole use of Eagle Crag at The Brathay Trust. This is where our accommodation, meals and meetings rooms can all be found, so if you don’t want to go outdoors for 42 hours you don’t have to.
You will be sharing bedrooms in the accommodation which is made up to 5 bunk-bedded rooms, meaning we are limited to 20 participants only. Towels and bedding are provided. The building is wheelchair accessible as is one bedroom and one toilet and shower.
There will be options in the free time to explore the surrounding area including an organised walk, as well as craft and other activities onsite. The town of Ambleside is also close by. This is very much planned as a retreat so there is space for you to relax, you might want to bring things to read or crafts to do. Try not to bring work with you if you can at all help it but if you need to there is plenty of space to get work done. We will also be creating a chapel / quiet space in one of the breakout rooms.
There is no Wi-Fi in the Eagle Cragg building but you can access WI-FI in the lounge of the main Brathay Hall.
The SCM Staff (Rach) will be catering the event so we can cater to all dietary requirements. If it is helpful to know the menu in advance just let us know and we can send it to you. There is also a little kitchen where you can make drinks and get snacks when you want.
The local train station is Windermere, nearer to the time we will ask for your arrival time if you are coming by train to arrange lifts to the site. If you are driving, there is parking spaces available. Do try to car share if possible.
Any questions email Rach