by David G. R. Keller.
This book is a rich assemblage of the stories, sayings, and insights of the so-called desert fathers and mothers, men, and to a lesser extent women, who went into the deserted areas of Palestine, Sinai and Egypt, to find God and themselves. The Bible itself was their inspiration. There was, of course, the example of Jesus, who, after his baptism, '...was led into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights...' (Matthew 4.1-2). Behind that, though, lay words like these from the prophet Hosea: ' Therefore, behold, I will allure her [Israel] and bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her...And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth, as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt' (Hosea 2.14-16).
St Helen's at Lunch
Members of the congregation meet up for a social lunch at various local hostelries. The day of the week is rotated in the hope that everyone will be able to come on at least one occasion. Start time 12noon, no need to book, just turn up. If you need or can offer a lift please contact Susan Scott on 01235 522960.
See dates below
Do join other young families for a 'bring and share' lunch, chat and play in the Church Centre Hall after the 10.30 service at St Helen's on 5th Sundays We're normally ready to eat around 12 noon and we're all cleared up around 13.30 - 14.00
Dates in 2017
to be advised, please use contact details above
Sunday 26 February
Sunday 25 June
Sunday 22 October
Desert Banquet – A Year of Wisdom from the Desert Mothers and Fathers
by David G. R. Keller.
Desert Banquet explores the experiences of the ancient desert fathers and mothers and offers reflections on their meaning for twenty-first century believers. Twelve themes, one for each month of the year, will introduce readers to the spiritual food that nourished and shaped the lives and hearts of these desert elders. Although these themes demonstrate common values and practices, there was for them no single rule of life except the common ingredient of the Great Commandment: love of God and neighbour. Desert Banquet is neither a study of the lives of the desert mothers and fathers nor a how-to book on desert spiritualty. It is an opportunity to reflect, one day at a time, on their wisdom.
The group will reflect on several ‘days’ with a common theme at each session.