Thursday, September 20, 2018

Celebrating God's Gifts


On Sunday, October 14, 2018 the ten churches of the Southern Cayuga Wider Parish will host “Celebrating God’s Gifts: an afternoon for spirituality at Camp Gregory.”  This event will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Camp Casper Gregory, 1803 Lake Road, Aurora, NY. The Wider Parish invites everyone to experience some of the many ways of prayer, meditation, and closeness to God that is practiced by Christians of different traditions.

The afternoon will allow participants of all ages to personally experience a spiritual encounter with the Holy. The afternoon is designed for those who feel that they are spiritual but not religious. Spiritual exercises include: expressing worship through liturgical dance, joining in the songs, prayer and silence of a short Taizé worship service; creating religious art through rubbings; engaging with prayer through self-examination and spiritual poetry; encountering the Holy during a meditation walk through the woods culminating in a reflection period at the vesper site; and learning the history of the labyrinth as a way to focus personal prayer and meditation.

Liturgical dance sessions will begin at 1:00 and 2:00 PM. Taizé Worship sessions begin at 1:30 PM and 2:30 PM. The meditation walk begins at 2:30 PM departing from the fire circle. All other events are ongoing with a closing session of singing together beginning at 3:30 PM. All ages are welcome to attend this event with the express invitation to come and go as you like. Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring their own water bottle as water (without cups) and apples will be provided for refreshment. Small baskets will be available for monetary donations in support of local food cupboards.

Please enter Camp Gregory through the upper (east) entrance and park on the edge of the open filed below. Guides from the Wider Parish churches will be on hand to welcome and assist guests.