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Contemplative Ministry

Winter 2020 Offerings: 

The Contemplative Ministry Team now has a quarterly newsletter (linked here) with its list of offerings for Winter 2020.


Quiet Spaces for Advent: Monday, November 30–Wednesday, December 23

Advent is known as a time of waiting and preparation — waiting for the Christ child’s arrival and preparing for his arrival in this world. Moments of quiet reflection during these winter days give us space to prepare and anticipate this holy birth.

Sacred Space for the Advent Journey – November 30 – December 23

Mondays-Saturdays here on Contemplative Ministry page

Short videos of guided meditation and spiritual practices providing space and form for quiet contemplation will be emailed daily and posted on the church website and Facebook page. In preparation for Advent, these practices from the Second Breath Center will invite us to spend a few minutes each day “intentionally stepping away from our busy routines,” grounding us in the presence of God as we await the coming of the Christ child.

(The set of Second Breath Inward Journey Spiritual Practice booklet and card deck can be ordered at


Taizé Worship — A Service of Quiet and Reflection, Sunday, December 6, 6:30 p.m. (livestream from FPC website)

This service follows the Taizé tradition of community, meditation and reflection. Contemplative music, scripture, prayer and moments of silence will frame our worship as we gather “in community” to travel the Advent journey.


Coming in January 2021 — A New Year’s Spiritual Workout

Join us at 7:00 p.m. every Thursday in January (likely virtually) as we discover which spiritual practices breathe Christ’s wholeness into our lives.

Live into the two great commandments of loving God and loving our neighbors by doing the work to understand how it personally impacts our faith journey.

During every session we will develop tools and practices for our spiritual journey such as centering prayer, laughter, scripture, and the Enneagram (a faith-informed personality discovery).

Your presence is important. No familiarity with the enneagram is required, yet people who have studied it for years will also have much to gain and offer! Simply showing up, participating and listening to one another invites the supportive relationships we will need to continue growing spiritually beyond January.

Our teacher, Rev. Evan Harrison, grew up at First Presbyterian, Burlington, and now pastors Pittsboro Presbyterian Church. He has studied the Enneagram for several years and has a level 1 certification in the Enneagram School of Awakening in the Embodiment Tradition. He brings his love of faith, philosophy, creativity, humor and over a decade of pastoral ministry experience. Evan loves teaching this particular material because these are the concepts and disciplines that, through Christ, have opened him most to a greater love of God, others and himself. Contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright for more information and to sign up.


Additional Resources from the Contemplative Ministry team:

  • A Video from the Contemplative Ministry Team, April 16, 2020: Be Still and Know
  • Please Enjoy this 5-Minute Breathing Meditation (available on Facebook): This breathing meditation is from Denise DeForest Pastoor, MEd, APRN-BC, CHTP/I, CWP, RYT who is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with
  • Spiritual Practice Video from Nan Perkins: During these stressful times, you are invited to join Nan Perkins by video here in a spiritual practice recommended by the FPC Contemplative Ministry group – The Practice of Presence: The Three Breaths.
  • Quiet Space for Reflection
    Jane Wellford has graciously offered to share with us the Tuesday Meditation Reflections she creates for the FPC Tuesday Meditation Group. Since the Coronavirus has interrupted these in-person meetings, the Contemplative Ministries Committee thought that it would be a good idea to share these meditations with the entire congregation until we could all be together again. Each week, the reflection will be posted on our website here on Tuesday morning.