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February 2019

18+ Weekend

8 February 2019 at 4:00 pm - 10 February 2019 at 2:30 pm

A weekend for young adults at Purley Chase. This weekend will be led by Jenny Jones and Rev Alison Southcombe.  We will be looking at the Tower of Babel as our starting point for discussions and activities and finding out what this story of a monumental building project and muddled languages says to us today. As well as discussion groups and team activities there will also be plenty of free time to relax. The cost of the event will be…

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Spiritual Health and Well-being – linking the universal and individual

8 February 2019 at 5:00 pm - 10 February 2019 at 2:30 pm

Do you experience times of connection to something larger than yourself and yet at others feel isolated and fragmented? Both of these extremes appear to be part of the human condition. If we look at how the world of nature operates we can see that each creature or organism is part of an ecosystem, each playing its part in the whole and how it functions. Are we a part of a spiritual ecosystem in which we can choose to play…

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March 2019

Painting the Messengers of God – Creating Angelic Art

8 March 2019 at 4:00 pm - 10 March 2019 at 2:30 pm

Angels appear in the sacred books of many faiths and the Bible contains some of the most wonderful descriptions of these beings.  In this weekend painting workshop we will try and capture the essence of angels in a piece of our own artwork. On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of…

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Sing in the Spring

22 March 2019 at 4:00 pm - 24 March 2019 at 3:00 pm

An a acappella singing workshop, open to anyone and featuring a variety of songs both sacred and secular from Britain and from around the world. All songs will be taught by ear. Costs: £125 en-suite & £105 standard including all meals. To contact the leader for further information (not for booking) please email: jane@songshops.co.uk For more information about Jane’s singing workshops: https://naturalvoice.net/practitioner/janeread  

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Spring Rally

29 March 2019 at 4:00 pm - 31 March 2019 at 2:30 pm

This weekend is for young people in Year 8 and above. Our theme is “Spiritual Survival.”  We will be spending the Saturday morning learning how to survive in the woodland surrounding Purley with a survival expert and will then consider our own spiritual survival in the afternoon. We will be free to enjoy games, quizzes and each other’s company during the evenings. Deposit £40.  As this charge does not cover costs we welcome donations which can be paid by Gift…

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April 2019

Created Anew

12 April 2019 at 4:00 pm - 14 April 2019 at 2:30 pm

Swedenborg’s view is that the Bible tells us that no-one is perfect and we need to undergo changes at the level of our understanding and also our heart or will.  We need to begin this process in our physical life in the world here and now. We shall be exploring practical ways of approaching what Swedenborg would call regeneration. Alongside what we will be doing, we may also dip into an excellent course on the same subject called “Begin a…

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May 2019

Sacred Dance – the Elements of Earth, Water, Air, Fire and Spirit

10 May 2019 at 4:00 pm - 12 May 2019 at 3:00 pm

Using a wide range of music and fairly simple steps we will explore the 5 elements of earth, water, air, fire and spirit. We will experience a range of dances from very grounding earthy ones to the more ethereal; contemplating our connection to the elements and what they correspond to in our own inner lives.  Our hope is that by the end of the weekend we will feel balanced, whole, loved and at peace. We aim to create a friendly…

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May Family Weekend

24 May 2019 at 4:00 pm - 27 May 2019 at 2:30 pm

A weekend for families of all shapes and sizes especially for those with children aged 0-17. Whilst the adults are discussing various spiritual concepts and ides in the morning sessions, the children and young people will be learning having fun in groups led by experienced leaders. The afternoons are free but plenty of events will be taking place to join in with such as treasure hunts, wide games, orienteering, walks and trips to local attractions.  The evenings are another chance…

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June 2019

Breakaway Embroiderers – learning a range of embroidery techniques

19 June 2019 at 6:00 pm - 22 June 2019 at 11:00 am

This ‘breakaway’ event for embroiderers had previously formed part of the Purley Art and Craft weekend – but it became so popular that the embroiderers now have their own event! Ann Skinner will be taking the group through a variety of embroidery techniques in the relaxed atmosphere of Purley. About the course leader: Ann Skinner is a qualified mathematics teacher who completed City & Guilds examinations in embroidery during the 1980’s. she has since taught embroidery to physically handicapped adults…

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July 2019

International Summer Camp

28 July 2019 at 4:00 pm - 3 August 2019 at 10:00 am

This year Summer Camp will be more exciting than usual as we are welcoming a guest leader from the United States, Kurt Fekete.  Kurt will be bringing a group of young people with him from the USA and Canada, and to make this a truly international event we are inviting young people from the UK and beyond. The camp is aimed at 13-20 year olds and will contain the usual mix of activities for example, a swimming and shopping trip,…

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