Minimal Structure—Newbold College Sample

Quiet Church: Let God be God!

The aim of Quiet Church is to provide a quiet space where you can be with God. A space where you can be you and God can be God. There will be

  • no agenda,
  • no preaching,
  • no hymn-singing,
  • no offering, and
  • no live music.

The most important elements of Quiet Church are silence and prayer. Quiet Church is a chance to –

  • reflect
  • read silently
  • pray
  • listen to God
  • ‘be’ with God
  • grieve
  • experience healing

Silence

In silence we may hear the voice of God which is so often drowned out by the noise of other activities and other people.

  • ‘Be still, and know that I am God! Psalms 46.10
  • We may know the presence of a loving God. ‘I have calmed and quieted my soul like a weaned child with its mother.’ Ps 131
  • We may come face to face with ourselves. ‘What will you gain if you own the whole world but destroy yourself?’ Matt 16:26

Prayer

Prayer is silence in use. Prayer is an authentic conversation between you and God, where you may express your thoughts and feelings and especially where you listen for God’s response.

You may use the opportunity to say your prayers in silence or write them down.

Some people, for whom prayer is difficult, find it helpful to read other people’s prayers and thoughts. If that is you, you may want to use the books provided.

Prayer does not always need words. We may just want to sit silently with God as with a beloved friend.

Some people may want to light a candle as a symbol of something important to them.

Moving Around

Please enter, and fell free to move around and leave quietly in your own time.
If you have any questions about Quiet Church please feel free to ask …

 

A special thank you to Newbold College for this sample.