Our next ISN meeting will be held on Saturday 13 November at our usual venue, St John’s Mill, from 10.00am – 1.00pm. Our guest speaker will be Revd Sean Turner and his theme for the morning will be “Shabbat Shalom – Sabbath Peace”. As we approach the season of Advent at the end of the month and the busyness of preparing for Christmas, what better way to spend our final ISN session of 2021 meditating on the coming of the Prince of Peace who came to reveal to us the ‘Shalom of God’?
Revd Sean, who is American, has a wide experience of working and ministering in the British Isles, having served in Hackney, Glasgow, York and the north of Scotland, as well as in his home state of North Carolina. He currently serves the Methodist churches in the south of the island, supported by the lay team there.
Looking forward to seeing you at our meeting and sharing fellowship, friendship and good coffee together!
On Saturday 9 October, our guest speaker will be Ruth Rice (née Quane), who grew up on the island and is now based in Nottingham. She is founder and CEO of the Renew Wellbeing charity.
After Ruth, a Baptist minister, unexpectedly found herself grappling with her own mental health, she began to look for ways to renew her own wellbeing. As she introduced simple habits woven around prayer and stillness into her life, God began to give her a heart to help others too. The Renew Wellbeing charity was born, helping churches to open accessible, safe spaces for those who have mental ill health. On the island there are a few Renew Wellbeing spaces already operating and others are in the planning. Ruth speaks of “a beautiful Gospel where Jesus says that it is OK not to be OK because his hands are the hands around the cup of our lives. This is the biggest story in which we are engaged and it’s big enough for everybody.”
Ruth’s theme for the morning will be “Being present, being prayerful, being in partnership”. The video above gives an idea about what Renew Wellbeing is all about.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 9th at St John’s Mill!
Our September ISN meeting is fast approaching on Saturday 11th September at our usual venue, St John’s Mill, from 10.00am – 1.00pm. We shall welcome as our speaker Anne de Leyser from the leadership team of Ffald y Brenin, a Christian retreat house and house of prayer in Wales.
Anne serves as the Director of Local Houses of Prayer and her passion is to cultivate the presence of God in communities and to see the kingdom of God flourish. Anne has trained people from the UK and around the world in how to establish a Local House of Prayer, and the training resources she has developed have been translated into over 20 languages.
Anne is qualified as an engineer and worked for 18 years as a director of Cygnet. She has lived and worked in India, Malawi and Tanzania, Mozambique and Senegal. She served 10 years on the main board of Tearfund and is currently on the UK board of Mission India.
Many of you will already be familiar with the story and ministry of Ffald y Brenin, some will have visited and others may use its daily Rhythms of Prayer. We are hoping for a good number of attendees to encourage Anne so please make a definite date in your diary to come along and be challenged and enthused as we learn more about what God is doing through the ministry of Ffald y Brenin and the local houses of prayer.
The suggested donation for the session is £10 to help to cover our expenses and a big thank you to all who give regularly and generously to enable us to continue the ministry of ISN.
Our next ISN meeting will take place on Saturday 10 July at our usual venue, St John’s Mill, from 10.00am – 1.00pm.
Our guest speaker will be Revd Steve Ingrouille, Methodist minister and no stranger to ISN, who, in partnership with his wife Revd Rebecca Ingrouille, has oversight for Onchan, Abbeylands, Baldrine, Cooil, Laxey and Union Mills. Revds Steve and Rebecca have been in ministry on the island since 2016, both having served in the Cheshire Sth Methodist Circuit after ordination.
To whet our appetites, Steve has sent the following:
Jesus promises his followers that “wherever two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matt 18:20)
So why does it sometimes feel easier to experience the presence of God in certain specific places and times?
Our Celtic forebears believed in Thin Places, where the boundary between the physical and spiritual realms seems more permeable – what do we understand about this concept today?
Drawing upon his experiences as a Pilgrimage leader to the Holy Land, and the results of his recent sabbatical exploration, Steve will use the lenses of Scripture, Tradition, Experience, and Reason to help us explore this topic and prayerfully consider “what are the thin places of our lives today”?
It was lovely to welcome so many of you to our May session and already we are looking forward to Revd David’s Shirtliff’s morning on Saturday 12 June. Please note that the meeting is one week earlier than the date printed on our much-altered 2021 programme! The session will be at our usual venue, St John’s Mill, from 10.00am – 1.00pm.
David, a Methodist Minister for twenty years, is now part of the team establishing the Retreat House, Thie dy Vea, in Peel, serving as Community Leader and Warden. His ISN session has had to be been cancelled twice because of Covid restrictions so please put the date in your diary and come along to learn more about this exciting vision.
During the morning, David intends to share something of the Thie dy Vea story and then to explore themes of life in its fulness, grief and loss, and the power of community.
Once again, we are suggesting a reduced donation of £5 which helps to cover our costs and to encourage as many as possible to attend.
Good news! We shall hopefully be able to gather again on Saturday 8th May at our usual venue, St John’s Mill, 10.00am – 1.00pm. Our speaker for the morning will be the Very Revd Nigel Godfrey, Dean of the Cathedral. The visit of Dr David Smith, planned for May has had to be cancelled for the second time because of border restrictions so we are hugely grateful to Nigel who, despite his own busy schedule, is willing to lead our meeting, enabling us to come together and share friendship and fellowship once more.
This will be our first meeting of 2021 and Nigel’s theme for the morning is one from which we may all benefit: Balance and Benedict – finding balance in life.
Nigel, a Manxman by birth, will be speaking to us, not from some theoretical perspective, but out of his own lived and fully committed experience. His heart is rooted and his life deeply engaged in living the balanced life of prayer and work according to the Benedictine Rule. This promises to be a session that will encourage us all to examine that balance in our own lives that is often so difficult to achieve.
Please come along and, by your presence, encourage Nigel and make the morning special for us all, as we assemble once more as a community of friends and fellow pilgrims. As our speaker is local, the suggested donation is £5 but no one is ever asked for money so please come whatever your financial situation. May I also say how grateful we are to all those who give faithfully and generously to support ISN.
*** CANCELLED again for the time being, as a result of the Amber Weather Warning for Saturday 13th February. ****
As we prepare to leave behind this strangest of years, 2020, we hope that you have experienced God’s blessing and his peace over the festive season.
Our first ISN meeting of 2021 will be held on Saturday 9th January when we shall welcome Revd David Shirtliff, Warden of the newly established retreat house in Peel, Thie Dy Vea. We shall have the opportunity to learn more about this exciting venture and David’s theme for the morning will be “Finding life amongst the busyness of living”. We shall meet as usual at St John’s Mill from 10.00am – 1.00pm.David has served as a Methodist minister with local church communities since 1997, sixteen of those years of ministry here on the island. It was in 2007 during a sabbatical, exploring the island’s Celtic history and the new monastic community movement, that God laid on his heart the dream of a retreat house here on the island – and he, David, would be part of that new work. Thirteen years later, when the time was just right, the dream is becoming a reality. David remains an ordained Methodist minister but has now stepped back from local church ministry with permission to develop this new expression of his ministry as full-time Warden of the new retreat house. So put the date in your diary and come prepared to be excited and energised by this adventure and learn how God is bringing the dream to reality.As we look ahead to a new year, we go forward in hope, not knowing what 2021 will hold for us all but confident in the One who walks with us every step of the way.Looking forward to meeting up with many of you and sharing fellowship once again on the 9th January.
Dear Friends – We hope that you have kept well and safe during the past months.
We will be recommencing our monthly meetings from October onwards. Continuing travel restrictions and quarantine requirements are necessarily limiting but we are thrilled and very grateful that two of our local clergy have accepted invitations to lead our morning meetings in the Autumn so please highlight the following dates in your diaries!
Saturday 10th October – Revd Richard Hall, Chair & Superintendent of the IOM District of the Methodist Church. Richard’s intriguing title is A Tale of Three Trees…..
Saturday 14th November – Monsignor John Devine will lead us in preparation for the season of Advent later in the month.
Both of these session will be at our usual venue, St John’s Mill, from 10.00am – 1.00pm.
We also bring news of a Keeills Walk on Sunday 27th September at 2.00pm: We are invited to join that walk, meeting at the bottom of Fisher’s Hill, Arbory, then walking to Keeill Vael, Chapel Hill, Balladoole. The walk is mostly on flat terrain. The keeill’s dedication is to St Michael, who is celebrated on 29th September.
Our 2021 programme is complete with just a few details to be finalised and will be ready for distribution by our November meeting. (Several speakers from our 2020 programme have agreed to come in 2021 so there will be lots to which we may look forward in the year ahead.
Fr Nicholas Stebbing from Mirfield, who was to have been our November guest speaker, has made available for us a video presented by himself and a religious sister from Stanbrook Abbey on the Benedictine Life. The link is as follows: https://youtu.be/cL0RgH6PNHg
Here is some information on a Retreat in Daily Life planned for later this month. This is an initiative that the ISN Planning Team very much endorse and encourage. Places on the retreat will be limited, so sign up quickly, if you wish to reserve a place – and be blessed.
The dates: Monday 24th – Friday 29th May 2020 The place: ONLINE!
Calling it a Retreat in Everyday Life (RIEL) it is open to everyone – whether they have rarely prayed, maybe just finding your way with it – or have been very comfortable with prayer for many years!
A retreat is a chance to spend some time and space reflecting on our attitude to events, ourselves, others – and God. During the time you’ll be given some suggestions for your thoughts and prayers for each day- at the same time carrying on in your normal daily routines. Think of it as a time to take stock ‘spiritually’- to see where your life and relationship with God is right now. It may be particularly helpful at this time – when we might be feeling very vulnerable even fragile.
Have a look at the information here, and see if it just might be something that is resonating with you even if you’ve never considered anything like this before.
Keep safe and well – until we meet again !
As a Planning Team, we have come to the sad decision to
cancel all ISN meetings for the foreseeable future.
This is a time of anxiety and uncertainty that we face, uncharted waters for our global family that has brought unsteadiness in all our lives.
May I offer a couple of websites that might help you through these days, both of them Ignatian in flavour:
Pray-as-you-go.org – some of you already use this site that offers a daily devotion that lasts 12-13 minutes based on one of the lectionary scriptures for the day. Also, there is now a new “Pray as you stay” option which can be found on the PAYG website, Week 1 with seven short reflections now available.
www.pathwaystogod.org – is another excellent site, providing daily devotion, Ignatian resources and online retreats. There is a wealth of material on this site to inspire, including Journey into Freedom, an online daily retreat edited by David Birchall SJ that lasts for 52 days, based on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius.
Many churches are already ‘ahead of the curve’ and online worship is available. Last Sunday afternoon we watched Andy Fishburne’s new Youtube initiative ‘Sthie’ (At home in Manx), 25 minutes of reflection, prayers and reading. All the denominations seem to be working at keeping us connected as worshipping communities.
So on behalf of the ISN Planning Group, our prayers are with you all. Let’s commit to pray for one another until we can meet again, and that this crisis will pass soon.