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P1100303last Night we participated in an Ignatian Examen, which is a spiritual discipline first developed by Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, in the 16th Century.

The intention is to make us aware of the presence of God in the ordinary events of our lives, by asking us to consider a series of questions.

For what am I most grateful?
For what am I least grateful?

Where did I feel most alive today?
Where did I feel most drained today?

Where was I most consoled?
When did I feel most desolate?

As we shared our answers by talking about the events of week, we discovered more about ourselves and how God enters into our lives.


After contemplating the story of the ‘Wedding At Cana’, we responded with two activities.

P1100301Here is the full text of the liturgy we used (with grateful thanks to the Grace community for the original material).

At Home in the World

When the Ikon concluded we repaired to the kitchen to prepare our supper. Soup was heated, melon was sliced and cheese and pate was set forth. Our conversation continued happily until about 9.00pm and then we cleared up the dishes. It was a very special evening of reflection and conversation.

Ikon – Sunday 23rd February 2014

Ignatian-Prayer-Adventure-475This Sunday at Ikon will gathering to enjoy a meditative evening based around the Ignatian Examen. The Examen is a spiritual exercise which helps us to reflect on the days we have just experienced and helps us to prepare for week to come.

Sun 23rd February – 6.00pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road.

The Ikon will be followed as usual by a light supper.

Everyone is welcome to join for this event.

Facebook_Begins_Spring_Cleaning_Last night at Ikon we took a journey around making space – for ourselves, for others, and for God. We thought about just how much stuff we have cluttering up our lives. We were encouraged to focus on the concept of less being more – That cleaning out our lives of a lot of our stuff – physical, social, mental, emotional – might make more space for the things that matter – And leave us happier in the end.

We watched this video, which although the speaker is not necessarily a Christian, makes some interesting points.We spent some time quietly reflecting on these points.

We used the opportunity to mentally walk through our house, our work, our garden – The places that we spend the most time. To look around and think about what we really need, what we can do without – What adds to our life and what takes away…

We asked ourselves the question ‘What if you arrived home tonight to find missing, would you really miss? We allowed God to help us look at our ‘stuff’

This passage from Luke 14 reminded us what can happen when we get too caught up with stuff – we can miss out on God’s invitation

“A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’“Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

The story of Mary and Martha reminded us that even in the midst of service and others we must find space for God. Our clutter – physical, mental, emotional, social – can just as easily crowd out God as it does other people….

We finished with a meditation from the Proost Labyrinth entitled ‘Noise’

Finally we enjoyed a gentle supper together.

Ikon – Sunday 26th Jaunary 2014



It may not yet be Spring, but I am becoming more and more conscious of the need to clear away the clutter, something that expands after every Christmas.

To take this concept a bit further This time at Ikon we hope to create a space where we could consider how we may be able to make our lives simpler so that we could focus on what matters – Physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Sunday 26th January – 6.00pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road

The Ikon will be followed as usual by a light supper. Everyone is welcome to join for this event.

Advent Ikon 2013 – Report

eat-chicken-pottageLast night we cooked together an excellent pottage of mixed vegetables and a wonderful dish of potatoes and onions. Having laboured at the kitchen table and put everything into the oven we went into the living room to share in an Advent Ikon.

Here is the service that we used: Advent Prayers

We reflected on the words of Isaiah when he offered God’s comfort to his people. He says that God wants level the playing field for his people, by bringing down the mountains and lifting up the low places. What a message for today when so many are working to extend the differences between the rich and poor in society.

We finished our prayers with this beautiful version of the Advent hymn O Come O Come Emmanuel.

Then we repaired to the table and enjoyed the fruits of our labours in the kitchen. Thanks to everyone who helped make the evening a success.


advent-2013-1For our final Ikon of the year we going to repeat something that we attempted last year. Instead of sharing in a light supper provided by Messrs Asda and Co-op, I thought it would interesting for us all to bring something which we will prepare together and which we can leave to cook whilst we shared in a time of quiet reflection. So perhaps if everyone could bring some vegetables we can throw them all into a pot and produce a nourishing stew. Hopefully!

Sun 22nd December – 6.00pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road

If you need a moment of quiet in the midst of the hertic noise of the Christmas preparation – then this for you.

Everyone Welcome.

Ikon Report – November 2013

P1090712On Sunday evening we gathered around the table for our Ikon – quaintly entitled ‘No-vember’. The theme was based around the idea that November is usually when we see that Autumn is being replaced by Winter and that can make us feel gloomy.

We recalled that November begins with the festivals of All Saints and All Souls quickly followed by Guy Fawkes and Remembrance Day, all of which look back into the past and remind us about the dead. All quite sad thoughts in some ways. However the month ends with the feast of St Andrew who is famous for leading people to new life in Jesus; and the beginning of Advent when we look forward to the good news of the birth of Christ and the new era that was inaugurated by this event.

This reflection was set within a Celtic liturgy for evening worship which can be found here:

Celtic Evening Liturgy

This was helpful in that the Celts not only had a much greater connection to the seasons than we do but also saw death positively as merely part of an ongoing journey with God.


Ikon – Sunday 24th November 2013

NovemberThis month our Ikon is entitled ‘November – The No Month’ November is the time when everything begins to die down for winter (although we still have roses in bloom around the door!) is it really a month that says ‘No’ or is there more to the picture than this.

Why not come along and find out.

Sun 24th November – 6.00pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road

There will be a light supper after the Ikon please feel free to stay and eat with us.

Everyone Welcome.

Ikon Report – Light in Darkness

My Dark_windowthanks go to Val for leading the Ikon gathering whilst Katy and I were away. She has provided me with the details of the Ikon which I am delighted to share with you. I gather that the evening was very well received.


Night prayer – Compline

Light in darkness scriptures

Ikon – Sunday 27th October 2013

ikon-gallery1Val has kindly offered to host our Ikon meeting this month. There will be the usual quiet hour with the Lord followed by a light supper. Val has asked if people could offer to bring contributions for the supper (soup, cheese, pate, bread etc.)

Sunday 27th October – 6.00pm @ 46 Kendall Ave

Come along at 6.00pm for coffee, the Ikon will begin at 6.30pm.

Everyone Welcome