Developing Spiritual Practices
Contemplative Knitting Circle
-This is a voluntary gathering for knitting or other forms of needlework. The Circle
strives for a non-judgmental atmosphere where all skill levels welcome and with no
required output. Moreover, there is no overt religious content; rather it is an exercise in
gracious hospitality, building a community, about half of which is made up of members
of CCDP and the other half are friends or visitors.
-The Circle first listens to an appropriate reading to focus the mind and then works in
silence for half an hour. For the second half an hour, talking is an option.
-The first Contemplative Knitting Circle was held in the chapel at CCDP on May 8th,
2013, and has continued thereafter on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 67pm.
-A selection of items made by members of the circle is on display right now in the Arthur
Smith Room. These are available for purchase by silent auction, with all proceeds going
-A labyrinth is a twisting and turning maze that nevertheless has only one path with no
forks and no possibility of getting lost.
-Walking one is an ancient contemplative practice that has aided the prayers of many
generations of Christians.
-We are planning on holding a labyrinth workshop here at CCDP on December 14th, as an
advent retreat. This will involve bringing a portable labyrinth here and having a trained
facilitator guide us through waling it prayerfully.
-If you would like to help out in the organizing of this event or setting things up on the
day of, please speak either to me or to Emily Chatten.
Initiatives that are still developing
-First, depending on the interest of the congregation, we are also hoping to eventually
train our own labyrinth facilitator, so that the contemplative life of CCDP may be
enriched with regular labyrinth workshops. This has been approved, and we are looking
for a candidate for the next time there is a training opportunity in the area.
-Second, in order to enrich our appreciation for the music done here at CCDP, we are
discussing a an event examining Eric as composer and improviser, exposing the
necessary link between what he is doing and the spirituality of the wider congregation.
-Third, we are discussing having a regular Bible study, centred on a particular theme such
as ‘the holiness of place and the land in the Bible.’ This would lead to a pilgrimage to the
Holy Land in order to prayerfully visit the very sites we had been studying. Both events
would be open and welcoming, with attendance at the Bible study being neither a
requirement a commitment to come on the pilgrimage itself. We would also seek to
involve other churches and friends in both the study and the pilgrimage.
-Currently, we are looking for someone to take the lead on this. Please speak to
me if you are interested.