Offering Companionship Along Your Spiritual Journey
Are you so busy you can hardly catch your breath? Does the Bible seem bland? Are you having difficulty forgiving? Want a deeper spiritual life but not sure where to start? Wondering what Jesus is inviting you into at this time in your life? These and other questions are explored through the Ministry of Spiritual Direction, in the form of Individual Spiritual Direction, Silent Retreats, Classes, and other opportunities.
Individual Spiritual Direction
Meeting once a month with a spiritual director offers one-on-one companionship along your spiritual journey. Spiritual directors have gone through theological training and hold certificates in this ancient ministry. Providence Church offers to pay for two sessions of spiritual direction for those interested. Learn more about these area directors:
Explore what silence can mean for you and your relationship with God. We offer a variety of silent retreat options throughout the year to suit your comfort and interest level, from a three-hour introductory retreat to overnight retreats at a convent or monastery.
Scholarships are available for all retreats and carpooling is available for those taking place out-of-state.
Select a silent retreat below to register! Please notice that some retreats have multiple options depending on your preferences.
Discovering Wisdom in Your Nighttime Dreams: Aug 7-9, 2020
From biblical times until this very day, God has been speaking to people through their nighttime dreams. Discover ways to unlock the wisdom found in your own dreams! Includes private bedroom and bath, six meals, Group Dreamwork, and all supplies.
All-day Retreat - "Peace in the Midst of the Storm" - Sep 19, 2020: Retreat & Lunch
The storm does not have to pass for you to be at peace. A silent day retreat that includes lunch.Please note: If you wish to have a private room, please return to the retreat list and select the "Retreat, Lunch & Private Room" option.
All-day Retreat - "Peace in the Midst of the Storm" - Sep 19, 2020: Retreat, Lunch & Private Room
The storm does not have to pass for you to be at peace. A silent day retreat that includes lunch and a private room.Please note: If you DO NOT wish to have a private room, please return to the retreat list and select the "Retreat & Lunch" option.
Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace - Oct 22-25, 2020
What does it mean to be an instrument of God's peace in a world that is anything but peaceful? Come discover how you can both give and receive peace at any time, in any place. A four-day silent retreat at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, IN. Includes private bedroom and bathroom, nine meals, and two sessions of spiritual direction.
Taste of Silence, Nov 14, 2020
New to silence? Come to this introductory time to experience it for yourself. We'll begin with a short gathering and prayer after which you can feel free to walk the Hope & Healing trails, find a corner to cozy up in and rest, be creative in our craft room, and discover new ways to be with and hear from God. It's a great way to learn and begin the spiritual discipline of silence.
All-day Retreat - "With Open Hands" - Dec 5, 2020: Retreat & Lunch
Do you have issues with control? What does it mean to live with open hands rather than grasping, clutching, or ready to fight? A silent day retreat that includes lunch.Please note: If you wish to have a private room, please return to the retreat list and select the "Retreat, Lunch & Private Room" option.
All-day Retreat - "With Open Hands" - Dec 5, 2020: Retreat, Lunch & Private Room
Do you have issues with control? What does it mean to live with open hands rather than grasping, clutching, or ready to fight? A silent day retreat that includes lunch and a private room.Please note: If you DO NOT wish to have a private room, please return to the retreat list and select the "Retreat & Lunch" option.
Experience 20 minutes of silent meditation followed by 40 minutes of reflective Scripture reading and conversation. To help you in your journey, download the free Centering Prayer app available through Contemplative Outreach on Google Play or iTunes.
- Meets weekly in the Providence Church Student Room or Worship Center.
- Attend at the time most convenient for you.
Walking as a Spiritual Practice
From Eve and Adam’s walks with God in the cool of the evening to the disciples’ walk with the resurrected Christ on the way to Emmaus, the Bible points to numerous instances (more than 600) of walking as part of the human experience with God. Whether as short as a labyrinth walk or as long as a pilgrimage, the physical movement of walking and running has long been a part of spiritual practice and a life of discipleship. Join us and experience for yourself walking as a spiritual practice.
- All walks take place at Long Hunter State Park’s Couchville Lake Trail and begin at 8:00 am.
- This is an open group accessible to most fitness levels. The trail is paved and level.
- Please contact Scott Spradley with questions or visit spradleyspiritualdirection.com.
Updated regularly, currently scheduled dates and session topics are:
- February 15: Centering Prayer
- March 21: Walking and Praying with Scripture
- April 11: Praying the Miles
- May 16: Holy Conversation
Join us for Walking as a Spiritual Practice!
Registration is not required but it does allow us to inform you of upcoming walks and any schedule changes due to weather or other circumstances.
The Spiritual Direction ministry offers other events throughout the year. Below you will find other upcoming events.
Java & Journaling, Feb 29, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
In this fun, interactive workshop where you’ll discover how you can draw closer to God and grow spiritually through journaling. Come with a journal and pen (or laptop or tablet) and enjoy some good java (or tea) as you learn the basics of journaling as a spiritual practice. Let by Spiritual Director, Sally Sharpe.