Time and space for spiritual refreshment is vital for spiritual leadership. Daily prayer time is obviously essential but it is also important for clergy (and Readers) to make space for longer periods for prayer, reflection and spiritual refreshment and to do this away from home and parish/workplace. It is expected that clergy will make time for an annual retreat. If the minister is parish based, the officers of the parish, especially the churchwardens, should ensure that their clergy have an annual opportunity to make a retreat of a week’s duration in addition to holidays.

What is available?

Local Day Retreats are usually advertised in the eBulletin and may be found also at www.passionatespirituality.org.uk . For longer retreats, consult the Retreat Association’s website: www.retreats.org.uk for possible venues. The website of the Association for Promoting Retreats, www.promotingretreats.org also contains useful information. Your clergy colleagues may be able to recommend somewhere they have found particularly beneficial. 

Who is eligible?

The Diocese allows a notional retreat grant of up to £120 per calendar year for each licensed minister (£60 for each licensed Reader) for courses and events which offer training and development including retreats. Retreat grants should be requested in advance. Applications will not normally be considered retrospectively. Except in cases of hardship, you are asked to claim at least half the cost from your parish.

Please note that grants are discretionary, and funds are limited, so it may not always be possible to grant the full amount that is requested.

How do I access it?

An Application Form for a Retreat Grant is available here. It should be completed and returned, in advance of the proposed retreat, to sarah.palmer@covcofe.org or by post to CME Admin., 1 Hill Top, Coventry CV1 5AB

Whom do I contact for more information?

Contact the Revd Keith Mobberley, 01926 484332, kjmob@tiscali.co.uk for more information. 

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