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Surprising Earth with Heaven

5 August - 12 August 2016 (Sat - Sat)

All Age      Fully catered



Some people call them 'thin' places because the veil between heaven and earth is thinner there. They can be ancient places of prayer, like the great centres of pilgrimage, or they can be places whose significance is hidden to many and only revealed to those with 'eyes to see' and 'ears to hear'. Even Jesus' first disciples had preconceptions (‘can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ John 1:46)

During our week together, through talks, walks, discussions and prayer, we will be exploring the very essence of what makes a holy place and whether Allensford is able to aspire to such an accolade. To what extent are such things divinely pre-determined by their geology and landscape? And what impact do we have? A parallel programme of activities for the children and young people will explore the same themes as we prepare to encounter our own holy places.

Chair: Anne Dixon
Chaplain: Fr Michael McAndrew
Organiser: Malcolm Dixon
Chief Helper: Sarah Dixon

Emmaus Diocesan Youth Village, Allensford, provides accommodation in en-suite bedrooms in four attractive chalets, each with kitchenette and indoor seating area. There are enclosed gardens and a dedicated space for prayer and reflection. It is near Durham, Holy Island, Hadrian’s Wall and Newcastle Metrocentre with pleasant walks and bike rides close by.

Information and Bookings:
Mike Willcox

To book, you could complete the Online Booking Form for this event or email the above.