What is Companions for the Journey?
Companions for the Journey is a monthly gathering of people in community who share the desire to be still, to pray, to listen for the holy in life and to make space for experiencing God.
a time for quieting the heart and mind, teaching, and praying a passage of scripture (Lectio Divina) followed by a time to meet in smaller groups (4 to 6 people). Meetings and smaller groups are led by trained Facilitators. Sharing is done in a safe and supportive setting, and all participants agree to maintain strict confidentiality with and for one another.
Who Is It For?
Men and women at any age or stage of life and faith are welcome! All that is needed to join fellow travelers and guides is an eagerness to learn more about yourself and your purpose, openness to sharing your thoughts and experience with others and the desire to find God.
If you are yearning for rest, if you hear an invitation to come away and listen to what God may be saying to you, then Companions is for you! Come and share spiritual practices with others who share the desire for more in living faith.
The only requirements are attendance at an Introductory Class and a commitment to regular attendance.
What Can I Expect?
The best thing about “Companions for the Journey” is that three hours once a month can begin to change the rest of your life. Companions for the Journey helps you make connections between faith and real life!
- What we practice regularly can shape how we live spontaneously.
- What we learn with a few traveling companions can inform how we relate to everyone that we meet on our journey.
- What we discover with God can transform how we see the world, and how we see ourselves as Christ’s person in the world.
Meetings and smaller groups are led by trained Facilitators. Sharing is done in a safe and supportive setting, and all participants agree to maintain strict confidentiality with and for one another.
When Does Companions for the Journey Meet?
Companions for the Journey meets the third Tuesday of each month, September – May, from 5:15 PM – 8:30 PM in Cook Prayer Chapel.
2016-17 Season Meeting Dates – Please mark these dates on your calendar now:
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 – also a Visitor’s Evening
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 – also a Visitor’s Evening
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
For more information, please contact Shelley Irvine, firstname.lastname@example.org or 818.790.6708 x 216.
If you are yearning for rest, if you hear an invitation to come away and listen to what God may be saying to you, we invite you to come to the Introduction Day for Companions on Saturday, November 5, 2016. Learning about the Companions ministry in this class is an opportunity to “experience” it firsthand, ask any questions, and see if Companions might be for you.
The class includes an overview of the purpose and format of Companions, taught by Shelley Irvine, Director of Spiritual Formation at LCPC, an opportunity to experience the practice of group spiritual guidance with trained Facilitators, and plenty of time for Q&A.
No previous experience is required; Men and women at any age or stage of life and faith are welcome! All that is needed is a desire to discover more about God and yourself, and an openness to sharing your thoughts and experiences in a safe, supportive, and confidential setting. While the Intro Day is a prerequisite for joining Companions, it does not commit you to the season.
Come and see for yourself what spiritual companionship on the journey might offer you . . . and invite a friend to come with you! What we practice regularly can shape how we live spontaneously. What we learn with a few traveling companions can inform how we relate to everyone that we meet on our journey. What we discover with God can transform how we see ourselves and our world.
What Others are Saying
Men need to be encouraged to slow down and listen for God’s voice. Men are often driven and performance oriented. I think Companions is a great place to let go of those pressures and rest in God’s presence. Men need to develop deeper interior lives. Silent reflection is key in making that possible and Companions fosters that type of experience. — CM
Companions is always a nice change of pace where one can, in fellowship with brothers and sisters, quietly allow God to minister to one’s soul in truly unique ways in an intimate and safe environment. Over time, a real sense of community develops that is quite unlike that in most other groups and/or manners of worship. Delving deeper and deeper into selected scripture and then sharing your impressions with others is a great way to expand your own understanding of God’s word. — GB
… hearing (God) in community in silence and hearing what others in the group were hearing about the same scripture added a great deal of dimension and depth to the Word. It was like getting multiple reflections from different views of a diamond. — Anonymous
The repeated listening to a scripture passage, listening and expecting to actually hear personally from God in the silence has often been more powerful and personal than much of my analyzing and theological study of texts. I control my studying, while I feel the Spirit’s guidance more in the lectio in community. It is also both personal and practical, sometimes touching real depths. — Anonymous
After I completed four years of Companions for the Journey and retired from Glenkirk I have been incredibly blessed to have had a Spiritual Director from LCPC. I feel this has been a great gift from God to help me discern his activity in my life now. It has been invaluable in growing in my apprenticeship to Jesus and living out that relationship. — Anonymous
Men who have a desire to be transformed in their relationship with Christ, family and friends, not just to know more about him, would find Companions a great experience. — FL
Through companions, I learned that it is possible to slow down and be more thoughtful in prayer, also the relationships with those in my group and hearing from them and the different ways in which we all process and hear the word was a good experience. — PD
Companions has helped me to have a real experience of God the Father that in turn helped to rebuild my trust in Him after a period of personal tragedy and grief. Being able to reflect out loud with my Companions has helped me to process what I am hearing from the Spirit. I think on my own I might not have taken the time to reflect so deeply. — KP