Behold I am doing a new thing: the first few years as a first time incumbent

10am on Wednesday 15th - after lunch on Friday 17th November 2023

A two-night retreat for those in their first few years of first incumbency. We will explore the transition from curacy to incumbency which may have been especially complex for those who started new posts during lockdown and offer space for people to share their experiences, both challenges and joys. As our conversation partners we will use the stories of Elijah and Elisha and selected poems by the priest poet R. S. Thomas. We will worship sometimes with the gathered community of the college and sometimes as a small group. There will be space to reflect and create with art resources provided for you.

Led by Revd Dr Sarah Brush, Director of the Context-Based Pathway and Lecturer in Pastoral Theology, Ripon College Cuddesdon. Please see her biography here.

£150, includes accommodation and meals



Wednesday 15th November

11:45 College Community Eucharist in church

13:00 Lunch in Dining Hall

14:30 Introductory reflection Clewer Room:

15:45 Tea

16:30 Evening Prayer in Chapel as a small group

18:00 Supper

21:30 Compline in Chapel (optional)


Thursday 16th November

07:30 BCP Eucharist (optional)

08:15 Breakfast

09:00 Morning Prayer with college community in Chapel

10:00 Second Reflection

11:00 Individual reflection time

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Third Reflection:

15:45 Tea

16:30 Evening Prayer in Church

18:00 Supper

21:30 Compline in Chapel (optional)


Friday 17th November

07:30 Eucharist (optional)

08:15 Breakfast

09:00 Morning Prayer with college community in Chapel

10:00 Check out of rooms

10:30 Fourth and Final Reflection

11:45 Closing worship together in Chapel

12:30 Lunch and depart

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