19 May 2003

New name for Methodist Retreat Group

The Methodist Retreat Group is to change its name to the Methodist Retreat and Spirituality Network (MRSN), the group's Annual General Meeting, held at Erdington Methodist Church, Birmingham, has decided.

The Chair of MRSN, Yvonne Walker, says of the change: "It more accurately reflects the wide range of activities in the area of spirituality with which our members are already involved. These include quiet days, weeks of accompanied prayer and spiritual direction. Adding the word 'spirituality' builds on the retreat work for which we are well known."

The AGM heard from its president, the Rev Dr John Newton, who led a time of quiet reflection on the theme of 'contemplative prayer in the Methodist tradition', based on the hymn 'Open Lord my inward ear'.

The MRSN future programme includes retreats on 13-15 June 2003 at Godalming, Surrey, and on 7-9 October 2003 at Ministeracres, Co Durham. There are workshops on 4 October 2003 at Muswell Hill, London, and on 10-12 November 2003 near Derby. Further details from MRSN, Trem y Glyn, 86 Pontardawe Road, Clydach, Swansea SA6 5PA.  01792 845942 

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