Upcoming Offerings

“Peace meets you at the garden gate…
At Bethany every leaf and tree,
every stone and flower seems infused with the prayers of the faithful.”
— Desmond Tutu

Come walk the labyrinth and discover the peace and beauty of a place apart for prayer and reflection.

Art Exhibit by Carole Parrish
Carole Parrish, an award-winning local artist, works in pastel, mixed media and acrylic. She has a studio in The Umbrella Arts Center in Concord and has participated in many juried shows in the area. Carole believes that beauty both stirs and settles the soul. She is grateful to share her work at Bethany. Her exhibit opened on June 10 in conjunction with a reading by Bethany poets and is available to view, by appointment, through the summer. 
Additional details of the June 10 event may be found here.
Pastel shown: Aqua Marine, artist: Carole Parrish, used with permission.

Join us this Fall for Contemplative Offerings:
See descriptions below or our Fall 2018 contemplative offering flyer.
Evening Contemplative Practice
2nd and 4th Tuesdays 7:00- 8:30 pm. Resumes September 11. Upcoming evenings: Sep 11 & 25, Oct 9 & 23
St. Gabriel’s House, 173 Appleton Street, Arlington
A bi-weekly gathering to explore contemplative practices through meditation, teachings, and discussion facilitated by Bethany Colleagues Christina Leano and Christi Humphrey. We welcome people of all experiences looking for silence in community and support in bringing mindfulness and compassion into their Christian path. The guided meditations and teachings will draw upon the Christian contemplative tradition, monastic spirituality, Buddhist meditation, and self-compassion practices. This Fall 2018 we will be exploring themes from James Finley’s book Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God.  See here for more details.
In addition, on the 4th Tuesday of each month, someone will be available for questions and conversation on meditation and contemplative practice from 6:30-6:55 pm (Sep 25, Oct 23, Nov 13).
Free-will offering: Donations appreciated to support our ministries.
Registration: Not required but helpful, please register by email. Newcomers welcome every session.

Contemplative Prayer Gathering
Thursday Mornings 10:00-11:30 am.  Resumes September 13.

Chapel of St. Anne
A weekly circle of encouragement for the practice of contemplative prayer.
Led by Bethany House of Prayer Colleagues and Associates.  Newcomers welcome each week.  Enter into the beauty of the Chapel, present to the offerings of the day, the cares of your heart and our world.  Experience the gifts of community, silence and a shared attentiveness to the holy in our lives.

Contemplative Evening Eucharist: Chapel of St. Anne
The 3rd Wednesday evening of the month, September-May.
Next service: September 19.
Enter into the quiet beauty of the candle lit Chapel — sing, pray, listen, and honor silence with others who are making their way along paths both familiar and mysterious, ordinary and sacred.

Bethany Poets Workshop Fall 2018
Poem-Making for Witness, Summons, and Surprise
In this four-part poem-making series, we will make poems from new prompts, and share what we make—the poems and the gifts of their witness, summons, and surprise—to celebrate the blessings of our circle as well as the life of creativity within us and beyond us in the wider community. Pre-registration required.  Two poetry circles, beginning in September (see dates below). $120.00 for the fall series.
Groups meet once a month, September through December:
Friday Circle (last year’s morning group) meets 1pm to 3pm: Sept. 7, October 12, Nov. 2, and Dec. 7
Wednesday Circle (last year’s afternoon group) meets 2pm to 4pm: Sept. 19, Oct. 17, Nov. 14, Dec. 19
Note that there is a Waiting List for these circles. Please call or email Bethany House to add your name to the list in case openings become available.

Available Year-Round:
Spiritual Direction
Whether it is a regular practice or arises out of significant life changes or vocational discernment, the value of meeting with a spiritual director can help foster and support your care for your spiritual life and prayer. Bethany House of Prayer has over 10 trained spiritual directors who are lay and ordained, ecumenical leaders. Please contact us by phone or email to explore this resource.

Individual Quiet Days and Retreats for your Parish or Group
Bethany House of Prayer offers an exceptional space for retreats for individuals and groups.  Please contact us if you wish to arrange a day of retreat which can be self – directed,  meeting with a spiritual director or facilitated by Bethany House of Prayer. We can now accommodate groups overnight on retreat.  For group retreats, please register online or call or email to inquire or reserve retreat opportunities. Please contact Bethany House directly if you would like to reserve space for an individual retreat or quiet day.

“Catch the Vision” Celebrating a Century of the Order of Saint Anne
This handsome book of 112 pages and 123 full-color illustrations, offers us glimpses of OSA, past and present, together with reflections written by some of the Order’s many friends. The book can be ordered from the Sisters by email.

Join us as we bring our lives and souls into the transforming reality of God’s spirit in the world.