Quiet Church was the beginning of a monthly series offering to students, staff, and the wider community an opportunity to take time out with God and each other in a quiet space. Salisbury Hall, one of the College's assembly halls, was open and dimly lit for two and a half hours during the evening. Staff, students and community members came and left quietly in their own time, praying, reflecting, meditating or reading Bibles or other devotional materials on offer.
‘The aim of Quiet Church is to provide a peaceful space where people can be with God,' said Dean of Students, Pastor Henrik Jorgensen, one of the organizers of Quiet Church. ‘In silence we may hear the voice of God which is so often drowned out by the noise of other activities and other people, even in worship. In Quiet Church we want to give people an opportunity just to be with God and really to listen to what God might be saying to them. Our motto for this activity is, "Let God be God".
Between twenty and thirty people came and went during the service. One person, initially dubious about the idea, reflected:
After a busy, noisy day ... I wanted peace not company. But ...something in a home is always begging to be cleaned, folded, ironed, cooked, watched, or answered....Peace can be hard to find - even in a quiet place.... Somewhat reluctantly, I walked into Salisbury Hall.
Immediately, a peaceful ambience pervading the foyer relaxed some of my defences. An intro paper gave me something to focus on as I entered the big room .... Only a few here. Even better, I'm expected to not interact....
Subdued lighting and candles gentled distractions. ... Throughout my time there - in silence - I talked, sang, questioned, listened, shouted, listened, laughed, cried, and, finally, rested. Others came and went. Smiles were exchanged but no intrusion was felt. I left with a quietness and confidence I've not felt for a long time.
The next Quiet Church will be 6th December from 8:00-10:30 pm in the Newbold Church Centre. Everyone is welcome.
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My question is this: Is this a monastic exercise? I find no example of this in the Word of God.
This is reminiscent of a Quaker meeting
"In a Quaker meeting for worship a group of people sits in a room in silence for an hour. From time to time someone may speak briefly, but sometimes the entire hour may pass without a word being spoken." source
Did you know that Richard Foster one of the main proponents of Spiritaul Formation is a Quaker?
North American Division of SDA Church - Education Department
Spiritual Resources for Teachers for Adventist Teachers
"Hearing God Beyond the Noise"
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Is this priming our children for Spiritual Formation?
Look at the Powerpoint presentation
"Make yourself comfortable in your chair and begin breathing slowly"
"And He is waiting to speak to you in the silence"
The voices are diverse, eclectic, and may at times sound disjointed, but they echo the heart of a GOD who is very present. We invite you into the fray."
a question for clarification please-?
Can anyone hypnotise you without your permission?
Is it possible by this training some members(true) are already being hypnotised without their knowledge?
How can they get out of it if and when they realise it?
seriously asking for enlightenment