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12th November breathe

Posted on Thursday November 9th, 2017, by Matt | No Comments
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Hello Everyone,

Just wanted to let you know that it is breathe this Sunday evening and we would love to see you if you can make it.

At this time of year and being Remembrance Sunday there is plenty of talk about peacekeeping, protection, freedom and safety. So we thought a good theme to reflect on is ‘safe’-  what makes us feel safe? And can things intended for our safety actual that imprison us?

We will, of course, be contemplating this using image and video, music and silence, scripture readings and ritual.

It all begins at 7.30pm in St Ives Methodist Church hall and will last about an hour. If you have a chance to stop for a drink and a bit of cake afterward we would love to have a chat!

Take care and hopefully see you Sunday,

Matt and the breathe team

 

10th September breathe

Posted on Thursday September 7th, 2017, by Matt | No Comments
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It is lovely to say that breathe is back after the summer break this Sunday evening. It would be great to see you if you can make it.

Our reflections this month will be on ‘landscape’. Maybe you have been away or spent sometime stopping over summer  and encountered the energy and beauty of nature in all its diversity- be mountains or river, sea or woodland, garden or parkland. As we pause to remember those moments we will contemplate how we could carry this tranquility and life into the landscape of the lives we lead day to day. As ever will do this in the usual way we do at breathe with stillness and quiet, silence and short reflects, video and simple sung music, readings from the bible, images and ritual.

The service will last for about an hour and we would love it if you can stay for cake and refreshments afterwards.

It all begins at 7.30pm and will be in church hall so please use the side door to get it.

11th June breathe

Posted on Thursday June 8th, 2017, by Matt | No Comments
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Slide1It’s breathe this coming Sunday and it would be lovely to see you if you can make it.

In the midst of all the election debate (and the results by Sunday), the terrible attacks in our country and the complexity of our own lives space and time to reflect seems like a good idea.

We will be thinking about the idea of ‘here’. Firstly, what are the hopes and struggles in the places we find ourselves? Secondly, how is God with us in all of the places we live our lives?

It all begins at 7.30pm and will last for an hour. It will be a time spent in stillness and silence, there will be video and image, ritual and singing. We’d love it if you could stay for a chat afterwards over a drink and some cake.

 

 

 

 

14th May breathe

Posted on Wednesday May 10th, 2017, by Matt | No Comments
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breathe is happening again this month and we would love to see you if you can make it.

As we were planning this month we realised that the world seems an angry place right now. Be it people and places, general elections and nations at war. And perhaps, if we are honest, in our own lives there is anger.

In our time together we will explore the idea of anger and how it could be constructive. In the quiet, we will reflect on the things that trigger it in us and others, and how faith informs our engaging with our world.

As ever, there will be silence and stillness, chants and ritual, image and film to help us listen to ourselves and God.

It will last around about an hour and if you have time we would love to have a chat over a tea or coffee and cake!

We begin at 7.30pm and it all takes place in the hall at St Ives Methodist Church so please use the side door to get it.

Take care,

Matt and the breathe team

 

 

12th March breathe

Posted on Thursday March 9th, 2017, by Matt | No Comments
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After a month off in February we are pleased to say that breathe is back this month.

Our thoughts will be focused on the season of Lent, a time when we remember Jesus being tested in the wilderness for forty days and forty nights as he prepared for what was next.  We will be using this story to reflect on how it can be a time for us to let go of things that distract us or get in the way of seeing, who we truly are and what we are called to do. Or put another way- the boxes we get stuck in or building around ourselves.

The time together will be its usual balance of image and music, simple songs and readings, silence and ritual. 

It all begins at 7.30pm in St Ives Methodist Church hall (so please use the side door). It will last around about an hour and if you have time we would love it if you could stay for coffee and cake afterwards. 

8th January breathe

Posted on Thursday January 5th, 2017, by Matt | No Comments
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Slide1Happy New Year!

We hope you had a lovely Christmas and are feeling upbeat about 2017 after the last year being full of unpredictable events.

In the midst of taking down the decorations and finishing the last bits of festive food, we would love it if you could join us for breathe this Sunday evening. Our theme this month is ‘Ladders’- not the physical ones but the ones we often reflected upon at the start of a new year- resolutions, changes, ideas, dreams, and hopes of who and what we might be in the future.

Our time together will have plenty of stillness and completion, images and ritual, simple songs and silence. It will be as ever a place to think and reflect on life and faith in a busy world.

 We will be together for about an hour and if you can stay for a cuppa and some cake afterwards we would love for you stay (but no worries if not). 

Take care and hope to see you soon,

Matt

13th November breathe

Posted on Thursday November 10th, 2016, by Matt | No Comments
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It is breathe this Sunday at St Ives Methodist Church and we would love to see you if you can make it.

In a world where we are bombarded by ‘things’ to buy and marketed the next ‘must have’ product, we will reflect on what we actually ‘need’. Drawing inspiration for the natural world with its Autumn and winter colour we will ask what we require, not simply desire, to be who we are.

There will be videos, images, simple rituals and chants, times of silence and readings from the Bible. Our time together will last about an hour and if you have time at the end please stay for a drink and some cake!

We meet in the hall of the church so please use the side door to find us and we begin at 7.30pm.

Hope to see you if not we hope you have a good weekend.

9th October breathe

Posted on Thursday October 6th, 2016, by Matt | No Comments
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We hope you are enjoying the Autumn sunshine and a moment to reflect on the beauty of the changing seasons.

If you are wanting or need a bit more space to consider life then it would be great to see you this Sunday evening for breathe. It all begins at 7.30pm in the hall at the back of St Ives Methodist Church- it will be space filled with stillness, creativity, image and words, silence and some simple music.

Our theme this month is ‘cup’. We will explore and reflect on our lives as a cup- full of a mixture of sorrow and joy, potential and successes, uncertainty and doubt, blessings and love. It will be a time to think about those who we drink with and those who are close to us. A time to consider the place of faith in the complexity of life and the journey we have each walked to this point.

It would be lovely to see you if you can make it. The service lasts about an hour and there is drinks and cake afterwards if you can stay (but we understand that you might need to get off straightway).

11th September breathe

Posted on Thursday September 8th, 2016, by Matt | No Comments
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We hope you have had a good summer and you managed to enjoy a few moments of rest in the sunshine.
Now things are settling into a normal pattern of work and school, so too is St Ives Methodist and it begins with breathe this Sunday evening at 7.30pm and we would love to see you if you can make it.
Our theme this month is ‘beyond’. Inspired by the monks who set sail from the shore of Iona to see what lay beyond the horizon we will reflect on what is beyond. Beyond what we take for granted and beyond the eat, sleep, repeat of our lives and how does faith help us find that.
As ever breathe will be a mix of ritual and simple chants, some video and music, silence and contemplation. It is a space for busy people, of some faith and none, all question and seeking simple truths in a complicated world .
Our time together will last about an hour and of course it is followed by cake, drinks and a chat if you can a few minutes. But no worries if you need to shoot off straightaway.
Hope you see soon but if not then let us know if we can help with anything.
Matt and the breathe team

10th July breathe CHANGE OF TIME AND VENUE

Posted on Monday July 4th, 2016, by Matt | No Comments
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We have a change of time and venue for breathe this month. After a wonderful time last year, we are returning to Holt Island (a nature reserve opposite the church) for a summer evening of contemplation and reflection- listening to the birds singing and being cut off from the busyness of the world for just a while. And so we don’t get too cold once the sun starts going down we will begin at 6.30pm not our usual 7.30pm.
The theme we will explore together is ‘dependence’. Holt Island is an ecosystem full of things small and big, diverse and beautiful, seen and unseen that depend on each other for life. As we gather in this space we will reflect on what and who we dependent, little and large, obvious and hidden things that enable us to be. It is a simpler stripped down breathe as we can’t take a computer and projector- but there will still be the simple chants, readings from the bible, silence, ritual and of course cake!
The map below shows you where the island is if you haven’t been before.

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You can access the island via a small bridge which you can get to via the Parish church grounds and you will find breathe setup in the middle of the island please follow the signs that we will have put up. You can see the Island website http://www.stives-town.info/locations/detail.asp?GetLocID=510
Please bring a camping chair (or two) if you can but no worries if not we will make sure that there are some spares. Maybe a blanket incase it drops cold and a hat might help keep the bugs away!
It is our last breathe before we have a break in August so it will be lovely to see you if you can make it.
Matt and the breathe team.