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Centering Prayer Workshop

“An Introduction to Centering Prayer – A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God.”

In October, The Rev. Dr. Steven Notis, Pastor of Hampton United Methodist Church, will be offering and leading this  4 session workshop along with Ted Jones, whose late uncle, Father Thomas Keating, was the founder of Contemplative Outreach, which has been the cornerstone of the Centering Prayer movement. Ted is a meditation instructor at the Insight Meditation Center of Newburyport.

This workshop is offered freely by the people of the Hampton United Methodist Church and is for those new to the practice of Centering Prayer. Centering Prayer is a method of opening ourselves to the presence of God. It is a tried and true method designed to facilitate the development of contemplative prayer by preparing our faculties to receive this gift. It presents ancient Christian wisdom teachings in an updated form. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. It is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. This method of silent prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with him.

There are 4 workshops on consecutive Monday evenings, starting October 21 and ending November 11, from 7:00 to 8:15.

October 21~ Session One: Prayer as Relationship; Introduction to Centering Prayer

October 28~ Session Two: Further Exploration of the Method of Centering Prayer

November 4~ Session Three: Deepening Our Practice; Thoughts and the Use of the Sacred Word

November 11~ Session Four: Deepening Our Relationship with God

The format of the each session will be the viewing of a video from Contemplative Outreach, a time to discuss the content of the video, and then a time of practicing Centering Prayer, with time for questions about the practice at the end.

This workshop will be held at the Hampton United Methodist Church, 525 Lafayette Road, Hampton, NH. It is open to the public but space is limited so please register by October 13. To register, please contact Pastor Steven Notis at or 781 929-7882 (text or voice).