Thornhill Ministries

Responding to the Hunger for God in Our Time


Tel: 028 7135 1233


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


'Melody of Presence


We trundle along week after week

day after day moment by moment

seemingly unconsciously

moving through our lives


We routine ourselves with commitments' obligations

that require of us our time

making menu options not available

or conversely making us unavailable to them


And then there are the gifted moments

when in an instant I see another gently bend their ear

to listen to a child, a loved one, an older relative

in offering reassurance and support


Great God of all the earth

You teach me still in the silent music of life's journey

when acts of kindness or patient countenance

play a melody of presence

that lingers in my soul

reminding me of the Living God

(Sr Perpetua McNulty)


IMMERSED IN HEANEY : A time to touch into the home place that birthed a new language for the imagination

Thornhill Ministries is providing an opportunity to those who love the poetry of Seamus Heaney, to take a reflective stance in preparation for a visit to the Seamus Heaney Homplace in Bellaghy.

Friday 31 August 'The Essence of Heaney' led by Mary Murphy in Thornhill House 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Saturday 1 September Meeting at Thornhill house to travel to Bellaghy and the Visitors Centre Leaving at 9:45 am. Includes a visit to the burial place of Seamus Heaney's earthly remains. Suggested Offering :£40 which includes lunch in the Homeplace centre.

Suggested Offering for those who wish to reside in Thornhill House for weekend:£80. For enquiries/bookings contact secretary@thornhillministries.co.uk. Tel: 02871351233

SPIRITUAL BEINGS ON A HUMAN JOURNEY : A 3-day retreat to touch into this principle of Teillard deChardin and to take time to look at finding our Identity in the Current Cultural context as we strive for Integration in our lives.

Led by fr Paschal McDonnell ofm and allowing participants to reflect on the reality of their own life's stories.

Saturday 11 August - Monday 13 August 9:30 am - 5:15 daily. Suggested Offering :Non- resident £120 resident £200.

For enquiries/bookings contact secretary@thornhillministries.co.uk. Tel: 02871351233

FRIENDSHIP LUNCH After the great response to our last Friendship Event, we are opening the House again to any friends who would like to treat themselves, one another, another friend, their mammy, . . . . . to a special lunch in the ambiance of this beautiful house. There will be a moment when we stop just to have a quiet prayer in gratitude for the gift of friends in our lives. A real date for the diary for those who enjoy going out for lunch and who just want to say 'Thank You' to their friend or family member/s!

Saturday 29 September 12;00 for 12:15 Suggested Offering £20pp Booking essential 71351233 or secretary@thornhillministries.co.uk

GOING DEEPER (Series II) Based on the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius of Loyola and with Input and Scripture reflection, this programme takes us into a place of deeper communion with the God who calls us, who desires us and who waits for us.

Series of five Monday Mornings commencing 10 September (17,24 September & 1,8 October)

10:30 am - 12:15 Suggested Donation per morning £15. Venue: Thornhill House, 121 Culmore Road BT48 8JF

ART JOURNALLING:'The Seasons of the Heart.'

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 journaling is supported by the colour system of Aura-Soma (R)

Autumn: Saturday October 27th 2018 - The Call to Surrender

Spring: Saturday March 9th 2019 - The Call to Awaken

Summer: Saturday June 8th 2019 - The Call to Allow

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.

Places limited to 10 participants so booking is essential. Timeline for Journalling workshops is 9:30 am - 4:00pm

Facilitator: Oonagh Campbell RSM (Art - Well-being fo ALL) Venue: Thornhill House, 121 Culmore Road 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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