16-18 June 2017
This year the Parish Weekend is taking place from 16-18 June at the beautiful Aylesford Priory in Kent. Aylesford is a Carmelite community that has been welcoming people since 1242 (with an interlude instigated by Henry VIII) and a venue well known to RTM on tour. You can find more about The Friars at http://www.thefriars.org.uk/index.html.
The theme of the weekend will be
Creating God: Exploring theology through the arts
The creation stories in Genesis tell us that God created the heavens and the earth and all things in them.
But women and men have also created God –
in music –
throughout time and around the world.
Wanting and needing to understand the unknowable, we have used every tool and expression to depict, describe, encompass our sense of the divine.
This year our Parish Weekend will invite us all to use our eyes, ears, minds and senses to explore some of the ways we have done this.
Key sessions will focus on different art forms and how they portray God. The Rev Dr June Boyce-Tillman MBE, composer and teacher with a particular interest in Music and Theology, will focus on the 12th century Abbess Hildegard of Bingen, composer of what has been described as “sublime, life-affirming music”. Chloë Reddaway, Fellow in Art and Religion at the National Gallery, will lead a session focused on paintings at the National Gallery. Graham Cole OBE, British actor and singer (for more information about these speakers, please follow this link.)
The Saturday afternoon will offer time for a more practical exploration of the arts as well as offering time for quiet and reflection.
Running throughout the weekend, the programme of services, held in the
beautiful and inspiring chapels at the Priory, will reflect the weekend themes and be focal points for our dedication.
The RTM Parish Weekend is the community of our three churches coming together in a different place, to talk and explore, to worship, share fellowship and deepen our faith, to get to know each other and our many gifts, and to enjoy ourselves! There will be a richness of stimulation for the mind and the senses, and for those who want it there is ample space and time for peace and quiet contemplation in Aylesford Priory.
There will be a variety of optional activities and entertainment. The programme below may change, and the website will be updated accordingly, but the outline gives an idea of the flow of the weekend.
7.00pm Supper in the Pilgrims’ Hall
8.00pm General introduction in the Conference Centre
Followed by informal worship in St Joseph’s Chapel
9.00pm Bar open – closes 11pm
7.45am Eucharist in Cloister Chapel
8.15am Breakfast in Pilgrims’ Hall
9.30am Meeting in Conference Centre
1.00pm Lunch in Pilgrims’ Hall
2.30pm Meeting in Conference Centre
4.00pm Tea and cake in Pilgrims’ Hall
4.30pm Free time. Several options will be on offer
6.00pm Evening Liturgy. A choice of services
7.00pm Supper in the Pilgrims’ Hall
8.30pm RTM entertainment! In the Conference Centre
11.00pm Bar closes
9.00am Breakfast in Pilgrims’ Hall
9.45am Summing up in the Conference Centre
11.00am Eucharist in St Joseph’s Chapel
1.00pm Lunch in Pilgrims’ Hall – and depart
If you would like to be involved in one of the optional sessions or the entertainment – do let us know!
Children are very welcome at the Parish Weekend. There is a separate children’s programme during the Saturday morning and afternoon sessions and Sunday morning, and we will all come together for meals and worship.
The Booking Form is now available for download.
If you have any questions do please contact Emma Meredith (email@example.com). Please return your completed form, with cheque, to PW, The Parish Office, Ormond Road, The Vicarage, Richmond TW10 6TH, or hand it to one of the Parish Weekend representatives.
We look forward to seeing you there!