What we offer

The House of Prayer offers a broad variety of Retreats catering to many kinds of needs. We welcome a wide range of visitors from full-time Christian ministries to those alienated from the church - anyone in fact seeking with an open heart, to deepen their spirituality, to find a life lived with meaning, or nurture their relationship with God.

For simplicity we will refer to all our guests as Retreatants whether you come here for spiritual refreshment or a time of rest – whatever your reason, you will be ‘retreating’ in some way from the ordinariness and busy-ness of your daily life.

  • Quiet - Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings, Days
  • Themed days and Themed Weekends
  • Weekend Retreats
  • Individually Guided Retreats
  • 'Times of Rest' and 'Private Retreats'
  • Spiritual Direction Guidance for residential and non-residential people
  • Space for Diocesan, Parish and Religious Congregational Meetings

All are offered in an atmosphere of quiet and silence, honouring and respecting the presence of those needing and wishing to have space for prayer, reflection and to 'BE' before the Lord.

  • We also cater for special dietary needs eg. Gluten free, vegetarian and dairy free meals
  • For those people wishing to come for a Retreat etc. with special physical and medical needs reliant on support, we recommend that they are accompanied by a carer/companion

Please request a Booking Form for any of the above which will include the suggested offerings.

 

Quiet Days

A ‘Quiet Day’ begins with Mass in the church at 10.00am followed by coffee at 10.45am. Should you not be attending Mass your day will begin with coffee at 10.45am. The Quiet Day finishes after Supper which is at 6pm.

These days are intended to provide you with the space to ‘BE’ before God, to relax, reflect and pray in an atmosphere of silence, in order to renew your spiritual resources. The Programme for the day is kept very simple to provide maximum space for you. Our hope is that you will use what is offered in so far as it is helpful to you. The space available will be quiet and will be respectful of your presence. The House of Prayer, St Augustine’s Priory, has within it the Sacred Heart Church, a Sacred Space, a Conference Room and two Dining Rooms.

There are two rooms available for 1-1 Spiritual Direction/Guidance if requested. There is also a large garden for your use.

The suggested offering for a Quiet Day includes tea/coffee, lunch and supper and will be on the Booking Form available on request.

St. Augustine's Priory

Quiet Afternoons

A ‘Quiet Afternoon’ begins at 2pm and finishes at 4pm after tea/coffee at 3.30pm.
If requested, you may receive a ‘Reflection’ for your time of prayer, or use the time as you wish in the same atmosphere of silence with the Lord. The ‘Sacred Space’ and church are available for you to use for personal silent prayer and reflection.
There is an opportunity for Spiritual Direction/Guidance on request.
Individuals/Groups need to request a Booking Form.

The suggested offering for Quiet Afternoons includes the provision of tea and coffee and will be on the Booking Form available on request.

 

Quiet Evenings 6-8pm

A ‘Quiet Evening’ offers time and space to take a break from a busy day, to unwind and rest in the Lord’s presence, to ‘BE’ before the Lord.
The Evening begins with the offering of a Reflection for private prayer/meditation, if requested, followed by tea and coffee.
The church and ‘Sacred Space’ are available for your use with Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 7-8pm which is optional.
Should you wish to bring a Group please request a ‘Group Booking Form’.

The suggested offering for a ‘Quiet Evening’ will be on the Booking Form available on request.

 

Quiet Mornings

A ‘Quiet Morning’ begins with Mass at 10.00am in the Church, which is optional, followed by coffee /tea at 10.45am.
A Reflection for your prayer is offered, if required, for use during the morning with an opportunity to use the 'Sacred Space' or the church for personal, silent prayer and reflection.
There is an opportunity for Spiritual Direction/Guidance on request.
The morning ends after lunch which is at 12.30pm. You may bring a packed lunch.
When booking please indicate if you require lunch to be provided or if you are bringing a packed lunch. The suggested offering will reflect this.
Should you wish to bring a Group please request a ‘Group Booking Form’.

The suggested offering for a Quiet Morning will be on the Booking Form available on request.

Weekend Retreats

We offer these silent Retreats for anyone, including those who have never been on a Retreat before, who wishes to withdraw from the busy-ness of their daily life.
We offer a quiet and relaxing space giving an opportunity to ‘BE’ with God.
It is a space that gives the chance to draw closer to God enabling the discovery of the spiritual resources within oneself and so refresh and deepen them.
On the Friday evening there will be an introduction to using silence, ways of praying and listening to God in our lives as an aid to ‘letting go’ of the ‘busy-ness’ left behind.
There is opportunity for Spiritual Direction/Guidance on request.
Please complete either an Individual Booking or Group Booking Form.

The suggested offering will be on the Booking Form available on request.

 

 

Private Retreats/ Times of Rest

We offer space for a break from the busy-ness of life, a time to rest and ‘let go’ of the burdens of everyday life.
We offer space where you can be more present to God and to yourself, where you can pray, rest or walk - whatever helps you to unwind and to ‘BE’ with God and more present to yourself.
'Times of Rest' can be for one day as a non-resident or for longer on a residential basis.
All Retreatants have the use of the church and ‘Sacred Space’, the Conference Room and both Dining Rooms.
Tea/ coffee, lunch and supper will be provided depending on the length of time you wish to be here and if requested.

The suggested offering will be on the Booking Form available on request.

 

Please email enquiries@houseofprayer.org.uk for a Booking Form.