Thornhill Ministries

Responding to the Hunger for God in Our Time

Tel: 028 7135 1233

www.thornhillministries.co.uk                       email:secretary@thornhillministries.co.uk


Upcoming Events


WHEN THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC LEADS TO SILENT PRAYER   This series of Tuesday Evenings is an invitation into silent prayer using music as the doorway.  Each week a chosen piece of classical music will touch us into the spiritual and ultimately into the sacred. No previous knowledge of music is necessary. We simply allow some of the finest music to soothe the soul and to lead us into the place beyond words. Begins - Tuesday 5 March  for 5 weeks  Time  7:45 pm - 8:45 pm.  Venue - Thornhill House 121 Culmore Rd, Derry BT48 8JF    Suggested offering £7  Each evening is stand alone.  


Following on from 'Jars of Clay' and yet independent of it, this retreat day allows me space to accept my flawed, fragile and beautiful self; to hold the contradictions and to deepen my sense of being loved by God who welcomes me into wholeness. 

Booking is essential.    Venue - Thornhill House 121 Culmore Rd, Derry BT48 8JF Dates - Tuesday 16 April  Time: 9:30 am - 2:15 pm. Suggested offering £20 per day. Day includes Eucharist and lunch. Facilitators: Fr Paschal McDonnell ofm Sr Perpetua


 The Promise Card is available now. It is a very simple, yet practical way of "doing something" for Lent. By scratching off the date, a daily task related to the traditional Lent-keeping activities ... to pray, to fast, to give is suggested. There is also a direct (if sometimes subtle) connection with the rhythms of the Church's Liturgy, yet the Card appeals also to those less church-going who still wish to keep Lent. Cost of card is £1 each. In supporting our card, you are also contributing to the work of Thornhill Ministries for which we are deeply grateful.  Thank you.

Also you may like to follow our daily Lenten facebook postings with their reflection, quotation and action. You don't have to be on facebook yourself as ours is a publuc page!

JESUS - TEACH US TO PRAY   This programme takes us into the mystery of the mind and praying heart of Christ as we encounter Him through the Gospel of Luke. As we make ourselves available to the Holy Spirit at work in Christ and consequently in us,  we will pray  our way into Christ's experiences, His sense of purpose, His identity. This course is designed for those already familiar with Ignatian Spirituality and methods, who seek to go deeper still into Scripture prayer. It will specifically draw on imaginative and contemplative prayer. Continues throughout the Thursday mornings of Lent  -  Time  10:30 am - 12:15 pm.  Venue - Thornhill House 121 Culmore Rd, Derry BT48 8JF   Suggested offering £10 includes a bowl of soup to finish off the morning.

"DIGGING RETREAT: Through the poetry of Heaney we dig into our own unearthing   

A Retreat experience that holds the experiences of life in the context of the journey. Drawing on the poetry of Heaney, we will take a few hours on one of the days to visit the Homeplace in Bellaghy, and in the other days, we will visit some themes from Heaney's pen, visit our own capacity to write creatively and in so doing bring prayer and process  to these days of Retreat.

Faciliators Sr Perpetua and Mary Murphy. More details to follow shortly.

Begins - Wednesday 29 May 6:00 pm  Concludes   Sunday 2 June 1:00 pm

ART JOURNALLING:'The Seasons of the Heart.' Limited to 10 participants. 

Using simple art exercises for self expression and self reflection, these seasonal sessions are an invitation to listen to where the gestures of the seasons are being called forth in our lives,. This process of art journalling is supported by the colour system of Aura-Soma (R)      Spring: Saturday March 9th 2019 - The Call to Awaken. Summer Art Journalling Day to be posted sooon 

Practical Matters

No previous training in art required. All materials are provided. Clothes that you are comfortable getting an accidental splash of colour will enhance enjoyment. Each day is stand alone. Suggested Donation £40 per day includes materials, refesments and lunch.

Booking is essential. Timeline for Journalling workshops is 9:30 am - 4:00pm Facilitator: Oonagh Campbell RSM  (Art - Well-being for ALL)  Venue: Thornhill House, 121 Culmore Rd BT48 8JF

THORNHILL MINISTRIES' PRAYER SHAWL A team of people have been commissioned for a new aspect of our Ministries. The team members are committed to weaving shawls from wool and from prayer. They share in a contemplative prayer formula, praying as they crotchet our bespoke shawl. The shawls are of a specific design and the completed shawls form a mantle of prayer for those who are gifted with one. There is a blessing of new shawls on the 1st of each month. Prayer Shawl Ministry convenes each Thuursday in Thornhill House. Ideal for those who feel they would like to be wrapped in the comfort of prayer and especially meaningful for those who are sick, the shawls are available at the suggested offering of £25. 









Welcome to Thornhill Ministries, where our team offers a variety of responses

to those who hunger for meaning... for God...

We provide opportunities for reflection and  for deeper exploration.

The Word of God is at the heart of our ministries as we strive towards an integrated spirituality.

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