Several groups meet regularly. You’re welcome to attend these whether or not you worship at Cotham.
A monthly creative writing and spirituality group, run by an experienced facilitator, where we can explore our spirituality through creative writing. It provides those who come with a chance to write as a spiritual exploring, an attempt to articulate the thoughts, beliefs and feelings we have within us. This is for anyone who wants to have a go and is willing to be surprised by their writing.
Benefice Art Group
Meets fortnightly on Tuesday mornings. The group is led by practising artist Sara Metelerkamp with different creative projects and practical guidance. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided and a small donation is requested for materials. You can come to as many or as few sessions as you wish, since each session has its own theme.
Benefice Book Group
Meets monthly on the second Thursday of each month at the house of one of the members. We choose a book each month and usually someone from the group opens the discussion on that book. Books are borrowed from the library and distributed through the group so it is not necessary to buy each book. The group is very fluid – so members come when they can, even if they have not read the book or finished reading it. Discussion is usually wide ranging and the choice of books extremely varied. For more info contact John: firstname.lastname@example.org
For info about 2018’s books click here
|Date 2018||Title/author/broad genre||Chosen by|
|Jan 10th||Moments of Reprieve by Primo Levi (short stories)||Mary|
|Feb 8th||The House by the Lake by Thomas Harding (non-fiction)||Jo|
|March 8th||The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor (fiction)||John|
|April 12th||Findings by Kathleen Jamie (travel)||Diana|
|May 10th||Do not say we have nothing by Madeleine Thien (fiction)||Stephen|
|June 14th||Hag-Seed by Margaret Attwood (fiction)||Sue|
|July 12th||Kim by Rudyard Kipling (classic fiction)||Mary|
|Aug 9th||The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben (non-fiction)||Rob|
|Sept 13th||Exposure by Helen Dunmore (fiction)||Jean|
|Oct 11th||All the Light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr (fiction)||Stephen|
|Nov 8th||The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (fiction)||John|
|Dec 13th||Planning for 2019|
Time Out Teas
Time Out Teas is a monthly gathering on the first Thursday of the month for tea, cake and sandwiches, and for a chat with friends old and new. There is also a summer outing to the seaside or another place of interest.
Benefice Lent Groups
During Lent and at other times there are ad hoc meetings and discussion groups. For example, in 2016 we read ‘Meeting God in Paul’ by Rowan Williams and in 2017 we looked at the liturgy around Easter and also some of the poems in ‘A Splash of Words’ by Mark Oakley.
Food for Thought
This is a fortnightly group meeting on Monday evenings for those in their 20s and 30s. The group shares a veggie meal and a gently reflective discussion finishing with a time of silence.