“Wait for the LORD” Retreat

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Details of the retreat, 27-29 March 2020

The retreat is based on the phrase, “Wait for the LORD” from Psalm 130.

“A song of ascents.
Out of the depths I cry to you, LORD;
Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
to my cry for mercy.
If you, LORD, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.
I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits,
and in his word I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.
Israel, put your hope in the LORD,
for with the LORD is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.
He himself will redeem Israel
from all their sins.”

(Psalm 130:0–8 NIV11)

Approach: We are taking an approach which allows for the best of group interaction with plenty of time and space for silence and solitary times with God. Attendees are free to use the facilities of the convent or escape into the beautiful local countryside. Meal times can be taken together and we will share a couple of devotional times as a group. However, the emphasis is on personal time with God. This is a retreat, not a workshop, seminar or conference.

Venue: St. Michael’s Convent, Vicarage Way, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, SL9 8AT

Schedule: Friday night to Sunday lunchtime.

Cost: £120 per person which includes full board for 48 hours, use of the meeting room and other facilities. The chef can make allowances for a wide variety of dietary needs.

How to register: email me – malcolm@malcolmcox.org. I will pencil you in and send payment details. When you have paid you are confirmed.

Dates: 27-29 March 2020

Accommodation: 3 doubles, 2 twins and 7 single rooms. Each room has a hand basin and three/four bedrooms have ensuite WC/shower rooms. Additional showers are mostly shared between just two guests. A bath is available on the second floor for those who prefer.

Grounds: The extensive gardens give people opportunities for a stroll, prayer walk or simply to sit and read or meditate on God’s word. The house is very quiet, and includes an intimate chapel which we can use as well as a meeting room. 

Location: Easily accessible by many routes. Not far off the M25 and M40 and only a few miles from the M4. By Train: Marylebone to Gerrards Cross about 20 minutes. Also good service from Aylesbury, Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, Birmingham and Kidderminster via Chiltern Railways. Walking distance from the Gerrards Cross train station is about 10-15 minutes.

How to get there:

Train: From London Marylebone the journey time to Gerrards Cross is about 20 minutes. There is also good service from Aylesbury, Oxford, Stratford upon Avon, Birmingham and Kidderminster via Chiltern Railways. Walking distance from the Gerrards Cross train station to St. Michael’s Convent is about 10-15 minutes. 

Bus: to East Common, Gerrards Cross (a 10-15 minute walk from the Convent):

from Uxbridge use Carousel ‘Chiltern Hundreds’ 101/102/105

from High Wycombe use Carousel ‘Chiltern Hundreds’ 101/102/104

from Slough use Carousel ‘Chiltern Hundreds’ 104

from Hemel Hempstead, Chesham or Amersham use Carousel ‘Chiltern Hundreds’ 105 

from Heathrow (Central Bus Station, between Terminals 2 and 3) use  TFL bus A10  to Belmont Road (Stop D), Uxbridge then Carousel ‘Chiltern Hundreds’ 101/102/105

from Watford use Carousel ‘Chiltern Hundreds’ 103/X103 to Amersham then Carousel ‘Chiltern Hundreds’ 105