Sacrista Prebend Retreat House

Retreats and conferences in Southwell, Nottinghamshire

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Prayer and Meditation

Stilling Prayer

Stilling Prayer is the Sacrista’s group that explores the Christian tradition of silent prayer. And in our time, with its all-pervasive messaging of all kinds, texting, social media trending, 24/7 news exposure etc that bombard our jangled minds and spirits, this practice of the ancient accumulated wisdom found in this form of prayer, is ever more relevant and liberating for our inner-selves. It enables us to live fully, God aware and as responsive disciples. But like all forms of prayer, we learn mostly, not by reading or talking about it, but by simply doing it. And being part of a group practicing silent prayer together is probably one of the best ways to start, as well as to continue an exploration of it. We offer the chance to do this in three ways. You can:

  • join the gathering in the Sacrista Chapel on Monday evenings from 7.30 – 8.10. This is followed by a short time to share over a cuppa for those who want to stay on
  • join the email distribution group to receive the weekly reflection and share in it either at the same time on a Monday or at another time convenient for you
  • join via a Zoom link in real-time of the actual Monday gathering in the Chapel. Folk using this have said how it helps them to focus and feel part of a group experience

All are welcome, whether you are exploring this ancient way of Christian prayer for the first time, or it’s been your way of prayer for years.

So if you’re interested, drop a line to Stephen, our coordinator, who will happily help you settle into the group in whatever way suits you.  Please contact Stephen Ibbotson on 07972 083369 or send an email to Stephen at

Samples of previous reflections can be seen below.

Stilling Prayer

Reflection for Stilling Prayer, 20 May 2024
Reflection for Stilling Prayer, 13 May 2024

Silence and Meditation

This group gathers on Thursdays, during most of term time, at 12.30pm. We begin with a short introduction and move into silence at 1.00pm, concluding with ten minutes of intercessory prayer. All are welcome and those who wish to can bring lunch and stay for fellowship. Some prefer to continue to join the group remotely and they receive an email with the introduction.

For more information and to join, please contact Elizabeth Yule, 01636 815311, or


Open Monday to Friday 9am to 4:30pm. Weekends only when there are booked events

Sacrista Prebend Retreat House, 4 Westgate, Southwell, Nottinghamshire, NG25 0JH
01636 816833 |

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