From a Christian perspective, creativity should be a central characteristic of our worship…or one might say worship should be at the heart of any creative activity. From the planning stage, our aim for the retreat was to provide times of worship which would be more reflective. With this in mind, there was a very distinctive Celtic influence. At times, there were opportunities to engage with the sung worship…but we were also able to enjoy moments of spoken prayer set to music. The songs selected by the band were well considered and provided a blessing to all present. They set the scene for the weekend and these times were truly inspiring.
“To wish to learn from the Celtic Christian is to wish to sense the passionate presence of God in all of life. It is to find God in the ordinary events of life, love, eating, working, playing. . . . It is also to perceive that time and place do not separate us from what we ordinarily do not see and sense. The ancient Celts believed that the other world was always close to us and became apparent in the ‘thin times’ and ‘thin places’ in which the veil that usually obscured them was lifted.”
Throughout the retreat there were several refreshment breaks which included the usual range of hot drinks complemented by an excellent selection of snacks and home made delights. It is important to acknowledge that another aspect of worship is seen in those who serve by providing an excellent range of lunches and dinners for all those taking part. For this (in large part) we must thank Paul and Becky Hudson – supported by Jane W. and Usha W. We were without doubt sustained spiritually and physically.