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Spiritual Formation

Director of Spiritual Formation: Ann Starrette

What is spiritual formation?

Spiritual formation dances in the tension of being and becoming - being absolutely and unconditionally loved by God, and becoming the full radiance of beautiful spirits God has called us to be.

Here are a few ideas that can help us explore the mystery of spiritual formation:

  1. We have been formed by the Spirit of God: “you sent forth your Spirit and it formed them” (Judith 16:14)
  2. We are engaged in the process of having Christ formed in us by the Holy Spirit: “until Christ is formed in you” (Galatians 4:19)

The first idea declares who we are; the second affirms who we are becoming. Click here for more information on "What is spiritual formation?" or visit http://www.pcusa.org/spiritualformation/whatis.htm.

Metanoia, A Soul Tending Resource for Character Formation

February 2017:  Journey Through Lent - Packing the Essentials
May 2016:  Liminal Space

April 2016:  It Takes So Little: Praying for Something Positive

March 2016:  Desperate Desiring

February 2016:  Stillness Speaks

January 2016:  I Did Not Seek this Birthing

November 2015: Living in Rhythm with the Christian Year Using the Lectionary

August 2015:  The Power of a Soul Advocate

Our Mission

To offer a variety of experiences for persons to discover their personal, intentional path of becoming more Christ-like in every aspect of their life.  These experiences will include short term studies, one day retreats, and various weekly offerings to allow people to spend time in reflection, prayer, and study.

Spiritual Formation Opportunities

*Click on purple headings below to learn more

Desert Days

Four Tuesdays in 2017 at the Starrette Farm for the soul purpose of nurtuting a different wisdom. 

Film and Spirituality
A movie discussion group that will meet from 10:00—11:30 am. the fourth Tuesday of each month. View the chosen movie privately ahead of time, then join the group for a guided discussion. 

Knocking on Heaven's Door
Connecting with God through prayer is one of the most important aspects of our relationship with Him; however, it is also one of the hardest on which to stay focused and disciplined.  Learn some simple ways of creating space for God’s grace to nurture the process of inner-transformation through contemplative practices as exemplified in John Wesley’s “Means of Grace.”

The Big Silence

A 4-day, mostly silent retreat at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, NC.

Wesleyan Contemplative Order
A community of individuals to creating space for God's grace through contemplative practices as exemplified in John Wesley's Means of Grace.  

Clergy School of the Spirit - Class 8
For clergy, this one-year school of spiritual formation is designed to equip and nurture formation through the ancient spiritual practices.  Click here to discern if this class is right for you and/or to register.  Click on the "Who should apply?" tab.

Prayer Band
Using a daily prayer guide and in the convenience of their own homes, each Prayer Band member commits to daily prayer for our clergy/counselors, ministry leaders, support staff, or lay leaders.
 

Centering Prayer in Community

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A group meets every Monday from 9:00-9:45 a.m. in the Purcell Room (adjacent to the Sanctuary and elevator) at Davidson United Methodist Church.  Join us as we practice entering into the presence and  peace of Christ through Centering Prayer.  We begin with prayer and a scripture or other sacred reading and then move into twenty minutes of silence, focusing on God's presence. This way of praying renews our heart, mind, body, and soul.  We end our time with shared reflections on the readings.  All our welcome to join at any time.  Questions?  Contact facilitator Mary Taylor

To learn more about centering prayer - what it is, reading resources, retreats, links, and more, visit www.copnc.org.
 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

First Wednesday of each month, 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. in the Purcell Room

Learn to knit/crochet in 15 minutes - no experience required! Gather to pray healing prayers into shawls created to comfort and enfold hurting souls with God’s love, and to share our own faith stories - or knit at home! Group meets September - May.

Not a knitter?  Each prayer shawl costs about $20 to make. Monetary donations can be made payable to DUMC, note “Prayer Shawl” in the memo.

Questions? Contact Marsha Brodsky (704-896-8334 or 704-236-1502).
 

Intercessory Prayer

The Prayer Room (located between the Sanctuary and the elevator) is available for prayer and quiet meditation seven days a week until 9:00 p.m.  If you have a prayer request, fill out a Prayer Request card, available in the pews, and place it in the offering plate on Sunday.  You may also write your request in the Prayer Request book located in The Prayer Room.

The Intercessory Prayer Ministry is conducted in The Prayer Room.  You are invited to participate by signing up for a time to pray weekly.
 

Trust Circles for Discernment

Click here for “Trust Circle:  What is it and is it for me?"

Click here for the 2016-17 Trust Circle brochure.

Trust Circles have no agenda except to be companions and co-listeners for the voice of God. Trust Circles (four to five people plus an experienced facilitator) gather once a month in the strictest of confidentiality to help each other stop, look and listen for God’s presence, invitations and guidance in the stories of their lives: their hopes and dreams; longings and struggles; relationships and questions. Whatever is going on, the Spirit is there desiring to woo and guide us toward wholeness and transformation. Questions?  Contact Ann Starrette. 
 

Quiet Space Fridays

Second Friday of each month Starrette Farmhouse Retreat, Statesville

Click here for the 2017 brochure.

Doors open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (arrive and depart as you are able).  Cost: $20.00

Are there times you could use a recess from life to help you refocus and recharge? rsz_starrette_farm_005.jpg Some quiet space to think? Some breathing room to explore? If so, you are invited to experience a simple concept: No-Agenda Days. The Starrette Farm offers you a safe space apart to do whatever... read, write, draw or dream... a sacred spot to tend your soul, nurture your mind and free your spirit. An optional “welcome/centering time” will be provided at 9:30 am.

Detailed brochures are located at the Connect Center and in the church office. Questions?  Contact Ann Starrette. 

DAILY PRAYER ONLINE

We invite you to make a “sacred space” in your day, and spend ten minutes, praying here and now, as you sit at your computer, with the help of on-screen guidance and scripture chosen specially every day.

1. Visit http://sacredspace.ie/ 
2. Scroll down the page and read “Something to think and pray about this week,” 
3. Click on "Begin the Prayer"
4. Chose the day, then follow the messages on the screen.

SELECTING A SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR

A spiritual director helps you notice God's movement in prayer, and in the events and circumstances of your life. A director does not necessarily have to share your denomination or faith.  Click here for "About Spiritual Direction" and "Is spiritual direction for me?"

Marjorie Thompson offers the following criteria for selecting a spiritual director in her book, Soul Feast:

1. Look for Christians with a certain maturity of faith;
2. Look for people who know they are not perfect;
3. Seek out people who are patient and attentive listeners;
4. Look for people who invite trust; and
5. Look for mentors who place their trust in the grace of God.

Henri Nouwen gives this advice: "Spiritual direction does not mean that one spiritual person tells another, less spiritual person what to think, say, or do in order to become a more spiritual person. It is not the knower speaking to the ignorant. Spiritual direction means that two or more sinful, broken, struggling people come together to listen to the direction of the Spirit."

Finally, a spiritual director/friend must have a regular prayer life, reverence for the individual's spirituality, and adherence to confidentiality and other professional standards as well as to be in direction themselves.

Listed here are area spiritual directors who have agreed to be part of this service. All are experienced in spiritual direction and subscribe to the guidelines for ethical conduct as outlined by Spiritual Directors International (SDI). Learn more about spiritual direction at the SDI website. Fees for spiritual direction range from no charge, a donation, or set fee.

The Spiritual Formation Ministry Team of Davidson United Methodist Church does not intend this to be an endorsement or recommendation of certain directors, but rather information for convenience and reference. Questions? Contact Ann Starrette (704-488-5825).