The Christians of the future will be mystics, or they will not exist at all.
— Karl Rahner

What can I expect?

In rediscovering the Wisdom tradition at the heart of mystical Christianity, the Contemplative Church Service @ 6pm every Thursday nurtures transformation through gentle silence, mindfulness, music and ritual.

How long is a Contemplative service?

In total, a Contemplative Church service is about 60 minutes in length. Don’t panic about the silence! We usually start the service with a welcoming ritual. There is an opening prayer and a simple chant is sung or listened to. A trained spiritual director will offer a 3 minute reflection on spirituality and the wisdom tradition. In the silence there is time to listen to music. An experienced guide will take you into a time of silence of about 20 minutes. People usually leave the service in silence.

Is the Contemplative Church service the same every week?

There is silence every week, but each week has a different focus.

  • Week 1 - Contemplative Eucharist

  • Week 2 - Taize

  • Week 3 - Contemplative Healing

  • Week 4 - Sound Healing

  • Week 5 - Meditation followed by a vegetarian meal

What's the culture like at Contemplative Church ?

This is perhaps the most beautiful experience on offer at Alstonville Anglican church. In today’s busy and stressed world the time of quiet is restful and nourishing.

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I’ve found a beautiful, spiritual space in a frantic world.
— Diana Eagles