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IMG_20130922_204211This month at Ikon we drew on the resources of the Northumbrian Community for our service of Compline.

Ita, who died in about 570, was abbess of a women’s community in Killeedy, County Limerick. She ran a school for boys where she taught:

Faith in God with purity of heart; 
simplicity of life with religion; generosity with love.

Among those schooled by Ita was Brendan the Navigator, who honoured her as his foster-mother and adviser. The Compline named after her because of its emphasis on examination of the heart, and the prayers of care and protection for each soul who crosses our path.

A tranquil hour passed unheeded as we listen to the music and shared in ancient words of the liturgy.

The Ita Compline

Afterwards a simple supper was enjoyed accompanied by a widely ranging conversation. Yet again God met us as we shared together.


compline1This Sunday at Ikon we will sharing in one of oldest acts of worship in Christian faith. The service of Compline or the ‘Night Prayer’ is the final act of the monastic day. Compline is offered when the work of the day is completed, and the quietness of evening settles over the hearts and minds of those who have come together in thankfulness for the blessings of the day which has passed and in anticipation of God’s gift of a new day.

Sun 22nd September – 6.00pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road

Why not come along and join us for this service and for the light supper that follows. All Welcome.

“The Lord almighty grant us a peaceful night
and a perfect end. Amen.

P1080724Yesterday a brave party of GraceSpacers boldly went where none of us had been before – Wakefield Cathedral. We went to attend the new ‘Illumine’ alternative worship event, instigated by none than our own Heidi Smith, late of St. Peter’s.

P1080736The theme for the evening was Jesus saying ‘I am The Gate’. We heard his words read to us and shared in a prayer before we were allowed to roam free around the various prayer places and the newly finished labyrinth. The time passed so quickly it was amazing. We then repaired to the Cathedral coffee shop for coffee and cakes. Finally we drove back to the tramshed for a drink and some well earned fries.

P1080739An excellent evening that we will surely be repeating during the Autumn. Thanks to everyone who supported this event.


Ikon – Sunday 28th July 2013

Illumine portrait 2We are taking the July Ikon on the road to Wakefield, to join the good folk of the Cathedral in their ‘Illumine’ event. our good friend Heidi Smith who is now working in Wakefield has invited us to come along. I have attached a poster to this email in order to provide you with fuller information.

It takes place from 6.00-7.00pm at the Cathedral and so we will need to leave around 5.00pm to ensure that we arrive on time. If anyone would like a lift please let Colin know. I suspect that we might visit a local hostelry when the event is over.

All Welcome.

Albert Road view blgYesterday for our Ikon we set out on a prayer walk around Saltaire. We began on Albert Terrace by the Primary School and our route took us along Titus Street and then up the Saltaire Road.

140810In Titus Street the House with the watchtower reminded us that God watches over all our comings and goings. There was also an interesting contrast between the wide and narrow ways as we looked at some of the alleys.

5954193739_f0c870c66e_zIn Saltaire Road we prayed for the shops and the Fire Station and those who work there. And finally we came to the Tramshed, where over a drink, some soup and chunky chips we reflected on all that we had seen.

It always amazes me how much we miss when we hurry through life. Prayer walking allows you to take your time and to see a place with God’s eyes. We shall no doubt walk again during the summer until we have covered the whole place.

Ikon – Sunday 23rd June 2013

imageassThis month – as it is summer! – we are going to take our Ikon out of doors and onto the streets. The thought is that we should meet at 6.00pm as usual and then we will go for a prayer walk in the locality. This will give us the opportunity to see the community through God’s eyes.

Sunday 23rd June – 6.00pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road

After the walk we will find some food and drink at a local hostelry.

All welcome!

Ikon – Praying for Bradford

CityPark_Night_600x900In a very intimate gathering our Ikon meeting we held our city before God, celebrating its greatness and asking for its protection.

We used a liturgy that had been created by Clare MacLaren (who led our previous Ikon) and it proved very helpful in provoking us to recall our own stories of Bradford.

A Liturgy for the City

We also watched the introduction to the first episode of the recent BBC documentary ‘Bradford – City of Dreams’

We welcomed David Swan, a church planter from Aberdeen, who was enjoying some study leave and chose to spend part of it with us.

The evening concluded with a leisurely supper and a gentle discussion.

Ikon – Sunday 26th May 2013

Bradford town hallThe Pentecost Praise event coupled with the success of Bradford at Wembley, reminded me that we are called to pray for the peace and wellbeing of the city. So this month our Ikon will focus on Bradford allowing us time to think and pray for it and for our place within the city.

Sunday 26th May – 6.00pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road

We start with a cup of tea/coffee and bit of a decompress, just to let go of the stresses and strains of the week. The Ikon proper starts at 6.30pm and it lasts about an hour and is followed by a light supper. You will be able to enjoy a time of quiet set amidst some delightful fellowship. All Welcome

P1080213Last night we were privileged to welcome Clare MacLaren, the Vicar of Heaton to lead our worship. Using the evening prayer of the Northumbrian Community she enabled us to engage with the concept that the sufferings of Christ are given to the church to complete. It proved to be a very thought provoking evening.

Here are the Readings etc. that we used: Readings & Reflections April 28th

P1080215Here we all are gathering our strength over coffee and chocolate biscuits before the Ikon. The meal that followed was full of serious conversation mixed with laughter as always. Indeed the whole night proved to be delightful and our thanks go especially to Clare for her leading.


Ikon – Sunday 28th April 2013

large_clare.maclarenAt our Ikon this month we will have a special visitor. Clare MacLaren is the Vicar of Heaton and she will be leading us through an evening of Northumbrian worship. There will music, prayer, and silence.

Sunday 24th April – 6.00pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road 

We start with a cup of tea/coffee and bit of a decompress, just to let go of the stresses and strains of the week. The Ikon proper starts at 6.30pm and it lasts about an hour and is followed by a light supper. You will be able to enjoy a time of quiet set amidst some delightful fellowship. All Welcome