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Spiritual Formation & Soul Care

Spiritual Formation & Soul Care


"...until Christ is formed in you." Galatians 4:19.

 

 

What is Spiritual Formation?

The church has done a good job telling people what to "do for God," but we have not done a good job teaching people how to "be with God." Spiritual formation draws upon the Scriptures, spiritual disciplines, and lessons of the early and contemporary church to help people on that inward journey to be with Christ, hear from the Holy Spirit, and receive God's love.

It demands a different approach which is not concerned with programs that are instruction-based and focused on information about God, but rather are invitations for the formation of our spiritual heart.

As such...in the context of the church, spiritual formation will not be loud, 'splashy,' or concerned about how many people fill the chairs of a classroom...it will ideally be quieter, gentler, embracing God's presence and creation, and concerned more with what fills people's hearts.

Blessings on your journey,
Care Crawford
Pastor of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care.

 

Questions about Spiritual Formation & Soul Care? Contact :: soulcare@belairpres.org


UPCOMING SOUL CARE EVENTS

Men and women are welcome to all Soul Care events!


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SOUL FLOW 
CHRIST-CENTERED YOGA & PRAYER - MEN & WOMEN WELCOME!
Resuming every Monday and Tuesday, May 8/9 through June 19/20
Starting Monday, May 8 from 10-11am and Tuesday, May 9 from 6:30-7:30pm
(Soul Flow will not meet on Monday, May 29- Memorial Day)

Christian yoga combines two goals: becoming physically healthy and spiritually healthy. Our bodies are a gift from God for God. When the body participates fully in our spiritual journey, our relationship with God the creator is expanded and enriched. We become more spiritually healthy through stretching and yoga by calming our minds and quieting ourselves to the point that we can tune out the world's frequency and tune into God. Enjoy Christian worship music, scripture readings, and prayers during your practice. Bring a yoga mat and a friend! Join our Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/soulflowyoga.la 


Where :: Bel Air Church When ::Monday mornings @ 10a (DC 101, 102) | Tuesday evenings @ 6:30p (Sanctuary)
Registration :: Childcare is available in the Monday morning classes for children 5 and under.
Registration required for childcare each week of attendance. http://www.belairpres.org/registration



Spiritual Direction

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
Spiritual Direction is the art of Christian conversation and listening carried out in the context of a trusting relationship. A Spiritual Director is trained to listen to your life stories with an ear for discerning the movement of the Holy Spirit in your life. God is the true guide and director, while the human spiritual director is like a coach or a midwife, assisting you in noticing and responding to the inner voice of God and movement in your life. The process is a spiritual journey into the truth about God, yourself, your relationships, your work, and the world.


SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR TRAINING, SUPERVISION AND FELLOWSHIP
Through the organization Christian Formation and Direction Ministries (CFDM), a 2 year training and certificate program is hosted at Bel Air Church. In addition, supervision and fellowship opportunities for spiritual directors are offered throughout the year. In ongoing training and fellowship, those who offer the ministry of spiritual direction are invited to connect and support one another at Bel Air Church. Individual and group supervision opportunities are offered throughout the year for those who are actively involved in offering spiritual direction to others.


JOURNEYING
Journeying is a 6-8 month experience in “directed spiritual direction” offered to those who have joined a mission team. This program and relationship assists in the preparation of the inward journey as you go to serve with our partners. Journeying will deepen the experience of short term mission opportunities through Bel Air Church, equipping and preparing you spiritually before embarking on the journey, enabling you to pay attention to God’s work in you and through you. Upon return, given opportunities for reflection after the trip to allow for a deeper faith journey.  “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” Martin Luther


Questions about Spiritual Direction? Contact :: soulcare@belairpres.org



Future Events

Men and women are welcome to all Soul Care events!


ALL SHALL BE WELL CONFERENCE

An annual event held in February, providing the opportunity to journey deeper in your spiritual walk. This conference includes speakers, seminars, and community to enrich your soul! Our spiritual life is more than tossing a coin in a wishing well... it is an invitation to drink from the well of Living Waters!


CHRIST IN THE ARTS

A day of reflection- an opportunity to connect art and spiritual formation. We will take time to encounter the art, discuss the invitations that come from it, and have an interactive tour of the exhibit. Art is viewed at an off-campus location and typically occurs three times each year. 

 

LECTIO DIVINA GROUP

From Latin,Lectio Divina means 'divine reading.' An ancient art, lectio divina is a slow and contemplative way of praying the Scriptures that enables God's Word to come alive in new ways, inviting you into a deeper experience of knowing the Scriptures. In this lectio group you will meet with others to listen to a particular text in Scripture. Through a process of reading, reflecting, responding, and resting with the Biblical text, we have opportunity to share how God is speaking. 


SELAH (QUIET DAYS)

Pause. Rest. Reflect. A quiet day for your soul. A half-day of soul refreshment and reflecting. Experience quiet individual time as well as group reflection and sharing.


SILENT RETREATS

In this noisy and over scheduled world it's important to set aside times of silence and solitude to better hear God's voice. Unplug from technology and do what Jesus did: come away and learn the unforced rhythms of grace.We will put our full focus on Christ for a weekend of guided teachings, reflections, and time spent in God's beautiful creation.Silent retreats are typically held three times each year- Spring, Fall, and Advent at Saint Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, CA. 


STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Enhance Holy Week with this contemplative practice, offered the Thursday and Friday before Easter. Come journey to the cross as you see pictures, read Scripture, and contemplate Christ’s passion. Come at any time, stay as long as you need to within the event hours.


Questions about future Soul Care events? Contact :: soulcare@belairpres.org

 

 

 

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