In March, and again in May, Veronica Parton and Gill Schaap offered a quiet, welcoming, “Caring Space” for those who care full-time for another person. Through their own experiences, they’ve realised that the role can take up so much energy, that there can seem to be no space for God. Each person’s experience is different but, spending some time quietly in prayerful reflection is usually fruitful.
In August, they will be offering two more “Caring Space” events. Each day begins with a gospel exploration. As well as scripture, they use illustrations of the story to help explore it: wondering about the characters in the scene; how the story related to the stories of those present; where each person would put themselves in the picture; what it was like to be there. The reflection will be followed with an opportunity to have a two-way conversation with God about the things noticed, and the things that surfaced for each person.
Lunch time offers an occasion to share food, time, and the experiences of this caring role with each other. After lunch, a further opportunity to reflect and pray with what the Holy Spirit had begun in the morning, and to take it deeper, is offered.
Previous participants have shared: “I found the day very helpful indeed,” “I greatly appreciate what is provided,” “it was peaceful,” and “[it was] God-sent and God-inspired.”
If you think this sounds like you, or you know of someone who might enjoy being nurtured in this way, the next “Caring Space” will be run from 11am to 2pm on Thursday, the 3rd of August at the Home of Compassion, Island Bay, and Monday, the 14th of August at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Plimmerton. Because we provide materials it would be most helpful to register with Veronica Parton: 021 238 6675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.