Newsletter June 2019
We will continue to send information from Bristol Cursillo unless you request that you no longer wish to receive newsletters as we are very keen to keep in touch with all 4th day community. Those of us who have continued to attend Group Reunions continue to find them very helpful and we would encourage you to think of trying to attend. If you currently do not participate in a group reunion and would like to do so please let Angela know so that we can arrange to make contact with others for you.
• Saturday 29th June in Stanton St Quintin Parish Hall SN14 6DE 10.30am – 2.30pm South West Area meeting and Ultreya (more information below)
Spiritual Director’s Report
God of reconciliation and grace
you promise us a world where all is new,
where love is born when hope is gone
where broken relationships are restored to wholeness.
May we live as people who know your story of love
and we have the vision to imagine what could be possible
if we dared to live this story.
God of abundant life,
may we be witnesses of love, hope and peace
and co-creators of your life in the world.
I came across this Collect recently, during Christian Aid week. I immediately thought of our “Fourth Day”, in which we are called to live out the New Life of Christ in our daily lives. I am enormously encouraged when I meet with other Cursillistas in Group Reunions and Ultreyas, to hear stories of lives lived out through Prayer, Study and Action. We are made accountable to each other and the Holy Spirit. In other words, we dare to live out the story of God’s reconciliation and grace, his promise of wholeness in the face of brokenness. When Lay Director Angela and I met recently with Bishop Viv, we were received with great warmth and kindness, as we explored how the Cursillo movement might enrich the spiritual life of the Diocese. Bishop Viv is already familiar with Cursillo from her experience in Gloucester, Leicester and York Dioceses. Because of significant changes currently being made in the Senior Staff of the Diocese, she asked us to make early contact with the new Director of Ministry Development, Dr Simon Taylor, to see how Cursillo might dovetail with the Mission Strategy for our churches. This month we are privileged to welcome our new National Spiritual Director to our South West Ultreya and to hear Stephen’s vision for Cursillo.
Until that time we are called to discipleship; to live out that vision of God’s new creation, as witnesses of love, hope and peace, as co-creators of God’s New Life, in the world.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in us the fire of your love. Amen
Rev Alastair Davies
From our Lay Director
We seem to be coming up to a busy time for Cursillo both locally and nationally. Upcoming events are listed below. My prayer for Cursillistas within the Bristol Diocese is for support and growth. Support for each other, growth in faith for all. For myself, I am greatly encouraged in my faith by attending group reunions and the local Church bible study group. By grouping together we encourage each other and support each other in faith. If you are currently not part of a group reunion and are would like to regularly meet with other local Cursillistas please contact me or tel 01666 837478. We have a new group which has started and some Christians in the local area are attending groups pre- Cursillo. I hope that the courage it takes to make that first step will be of benefit and encouragement both to people returning to or starting to attend group reunions as well as those who have been grouping for some time. If you know someone from your local church who you think would benefit from the Cursillo Method please encourage them to attend a group reunion to see how Cursillo can support them in their faith.
Pray for our planet!
The following article was included in the Spring issue of BACC Pages. A couple of us from Bristol Diocese have responded to Di in support of her initiative. It is good to remember that God did not just create man – he first created the earth and gave man custody over it. I encourage you to include prayer for our planet individually and within your group reunions and within your church and other prayer groups.
Prayer is our secret weapon against global warming! Dear Fellow Cursillistas, I am writing to share with you something that has been increasingly on my heart and mind for some weeks now - our response as Christians to the threat of global warming, which many now say is a ticking clock. It is time to put it on our prayer agenda big time. We know that God loves and cares for our whole world - his creation. He is never taken by surprise and he has a plan! Agreeing with him in consistent, faithful prayer for his good purposes WILL make the difference - he has promised it! The question is - how to factor this prayer into our busy lives which may already be on overload? The last thing we need is more meetings, commitments, time away from family and friends. This is my suggestion - for prayer alliances, where individuals covenant with God to pray specifically about global warming and environmental issues - maybe for one hour a month, maybe one hour a week. They can choose when and where to pray and how to divide the time. People can meet together or agree to pray at the same time if they wish. If you think this is a good idea, maybe you could discuss it in your Reunion Group, which is pretty much perfectly designed for such an initiative as this! Think back to your Cursillo weekend - Cursillo runs on prayer - it’s our secret weapon! I may add that I have emailed as many clergy in the Durham Diocese with this idea as I could find - about a hundred - with a sample prayer points sheet attachment in case they found it helpful. (I may have emailed your vicar!) About 10 responded and I will be emailing a prayer points letter to them on a monthly basis. If you think you’d like one, let me know on firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you one too. Go with God, fellow Cursillistas. Ultreya! Di Murphy, Durham #6
South West Area meeting and Ultreya
This is being held on Saturday 29th June in Stanton St Quintin Parish Hall SN14 6DE
10.30am – 2.30pm
To help with the planning those wishing to attend are encouraged to book as soon as possible. No lunchtime food is being provided but can be purchased nearby. Cursillistas who need overnight accommodation should book their own. There are no central arrangements for this.
I would like to encourage as many as possible from Bristol Diocese to attend. Let us support and encourage the National Cursillo movement and be uplifted in our faith. Please contact Angela to discuss co-ordination of transport.
A reminder that Canterbury is hosting a Pilgrimage from 13th - 16th August: "The Path to Pilgrimage - Becket and Beyond"
The deadline for booking is 30th June
Organised by Canterbury Cursillo it will run from Tuesday 13th August to Friday 16th August and be based in Dover, Kent. The focus will be on the subject of pilgrimage following the death of Archbishop Thomas Becket in 1170 AD. In those times, pilgrims came to Canterbury from all parts of the British Isles and also from Europe in considerable numbers. Highly respected historian, Canon Dr Christopher Dent, will be leading the pilgrimage and we will visit historic and spiritual sites in East Kent including Canterbury Cathedral.
We will be staying at Dover College, a place not only of great learning but also of significant historical interest. We will use the College’s comfortable minibuses for our transport and the provisional itinerary blends interesting history with significant spiritual experiences and worship. A memorable experience is guaranteed and the cost per person is £250.00.
Please share with all Cursillistas and any others who may be interested
The National Newsletter for Spring 2019 has been published on the BACC website.
Hilary Greene, Secretary and Communications Officer
3 Rectory Close
Stanton St Quintin
Angela Smith, Lay Director
Lower Stanton St Quintin