Sometimes staff and volunteers in our communities are overloaded with work, feel stress and are about to burn out. Also church members may suffer from stress in their daily lives.
Maybe it’s time to take a pause, to relax in the presence of the Lord, and to find oneself as a loved and appreciated child of God.
Tao Fong Shan Christian Centre offers to guide a one-day retreat with members of your church or community. We use the term Christfulness to signify the aim of Christian
spiritual practices – “to become mature, attaining at the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” Christfulness is spiritual practice and a Christian understanding of human nature. Christfulness combines practice and teaching in a way that invites to experience.
Christfulness describes a continual process of sanctification or spiritual progression. For the sake of an overview you can describe Christfulness
- beginning as an experience of God’s love in Christ as a protecting and accompanying presence (Christ with me)
- as an experience of “Christ in me, the hope of glory” (Christ in me)
- as helping you see Christ or the image of God in others (Christ in you), and as leading to a vision of as a redeemed mankind as the body of Christ (me/us in Christ or: together in Christ).
A main focus of the retreat program is Healing of the Heart. Through a guided meditation the participants are invited to find themselves and rest in their heart knowing:
I am a child of God
I am loved
I am appreciated
They are invited to be set free from a false self-perception and set free in their relationships, not fearing the judgements of others.
We suggest a program following this outline (the time table may be changed as it suits your community):
10:30 Opening devotion led by local people; bible reading, Romans 8:15-16
11:00 Participants introduce themselves; introduction to Christfulness
11:30 Individual practice: Creating short affirmative prayers on bible verses
12:30 Lunch in Silence
13:30 Devotion with sharing of short prayers (affirmations) and a guided meditation (healing of the heart); bible reading, Colossians 1:24-281
14:00 Further instructions in Christfulness and practices concerning the experience of “Christ in me” and “Christ in you”
14:30 Individual time for meditation, reflection, prayer.
The participant will receive handouts with suggestions for this quiet time.
Opportunity for personal counselling, blessings or intercession after a first come first principle.2
16:00 Silence is broken. Sharing Time
16:30 Closing communion service led by Ole Skjerbæk Madsen on the vision of Christfulness: a restored humanity and creation; the experience of being in Christ.
What does it cost to arrange a Christfulness retreat?
We suggest that your church or community provides for the location and lunch, coffee and tea. And we suggest that you donate 100 HKD per participant for the ministry of Tao Fong Shan Christian Center.
1 Local people guide two or three worship songs following your own tradition and read the scripture; Ole Skjerbæk Madsen will guide the sharing of affirmations and guide the meditation
2 Rev. Ole Skjerbæk Madsen will be available for this, but if you think many people want being ministered to, please bring some counselors from you own congregation.