Exploring Contemplative Prayer

Sessions are held on Wednesday evenings, by arrangement. Please contact

Jenny Radford 01428 651111


Neil Macdonald 01243 823374


7.30 – 9.30 pm Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available

What is the overall structure of the sessions? The course is an opportunity to explore different forms of contemplative prayer, notably Lectio Divina and the imaginative method. Once we have a broad understanding of different approaches we will move to more formal contemplations that are inspired by the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.

What happens during a normal session? We begin with a period of silence, after which there is a brief introduction to the theme for the session. This will be followed by two periods of contemplation on passages of scripture. In these you will be supported and encouraged to explore what the words might have to say to you now. The only requirement is that you are open to the movement of the Spirit or the Light within you. Following this, there is an opportunity for you to share, if you wish, how the passages touched you. You will not be told what to think; neither will you be obliged to say anything.

The session finishes with a short time of prayer and intercession.

Who are the sessions for? Anyone who wants to develop a deeper
sense of the presence of God. The course is open to all, regardless of their beliefs or denomination. You are particularly welcome to join or leave the group during the two initial sessions. After that, whilst there is no expectation about attendance, you may find it helpful to reflect on the readings in your own time if you are unable to attend.

How much does it cost? The sessions are free, though there will be a charge of £10 for the course book. Donations are welcome towards the cost of premises and refreshments.

Where and when do the sessions take place? The sessions take place at Beacon Hill United Reformed Church, Churt Road, Hindhead GU26 6NL. They begin at 7.30 pm and finish before 9.30 pm. For further information, including times of meetings, please back page.

Who leads the sessions? The sessions will be led by Neil Macdonald. He leads retreats for the Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer and is also a playwright. His play With Full Conviction was performed at Beacon Hill United Reformed Church in April 2018 and is part of a project to encourage
more people to do contemplative prayer. The sessions are based on a 30 day Ignatian Retreat he undertook in 2011.

How did people experience previous sessions?

‘A space of stillness and reflection.’ Ben ‘So ecumenical we became Church.’ Gabrielle ‘Gave me a deeper sense of what particular passages were really saying to me.’ Tine ‘I like the open, honest and supportive atmosphere.’ Chris ‘I didn’t expect there to be so much laughter.’ Judith ‘It’s believers and unbelievers searching together.’ Barbara ‘A friendly group for anyone on a spiritual journey.’ Caroline