28th April – 5th May, 2022
Having lived for so long in the shadow of Covid19 many of us are looking for something rather special and refreshing – maybe even a spiritual ‘deep-clean.’ A week following Jesus in the holy city of Jerusalem could be just what we need.
Jerusalem is a busy, colourful place so it would be misleading to call this a conventional retreat, but what I’m offering is a reflective week with time to linger in the places and ponder the events that lie at the heart of our faith. I’ll be leading this week along with Sarah Meyrick and Ben Phillips who bring their own well-tested gifts and skills to the experience.
It will be a gently guided week with plenty of space for our own discoveries. We’ll stay within the walls of Old Jerusalem and take a carefully designed journey through the week. We’ll spend significant time in each of the special places, having framed the day with worship and guided biblical reflection. We’ll go to Bethlehem, the Pools of Bethesda, the Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, the Upper Room, Caiaphas’s house, the Via Dolorosa, the Holy Sepulchre, the Garden Tomb and Emmaus (Abu Ghosh). We’ll walk the walls (optional) and go on a memorable night walk.
In the afternoons there’ll be time for return visits, reflection, reading, journaling and rest, or simply wandering the streets and markets of this extraordinarily colourful city, stopping for coffee or fresh orange on the way, and pondering the last week of Jesus’ life.
I hope you’ll be tempted to come to Jerusalem for this unique experience as we explore the defining events of the Christian story in this Holy City, called by some ‘the centre of the world.’
- Flights on British Airways from London Heathrow
- All airport departure & passenger taxes (UK & Israel)
- Accommodation at Gloria Hotel
- All entrance fees and local government taxes
- All touring in modern air-conditioned tourist coaches
- Travel insurance
- Gratuities £80
- Any items of a personal nature (laundry & drinks etc)
- Single room price per person £2754
This is the usual shape of the day
9.00: Morning Prayer with a Bible introduction to the theme of the day
10.00: Leave for visit to the day’s particular site
Afternoon: Free for return visits, reflection, reading, prayer, journaling, wandering or rest
17.30: Prayer and reflection on the day with further input on the day’s theme