Cursillo

Anglican Cursillo is a movement of the Church providing a method by which Christians are empowered to grow through prayer, study and action and enabled to share God’s love with everyone.

The Rt Rev James Langstaff said: “We in Rochester have Cursillistas attending groups in our neighbouring dioceses and it has been long felt that Rochester would benefit from this movement which has, for over 50 years, been a real partnership between laity and clergy in encouraging personal and parish spiritual development. Cursillo makes an invaluable contribution to developing the mission of the Church, challenging individuals and parishes to grow in faith and to develop their individual vocations as ministers of the Gospel of Christ. I warmly commend Cursillo to you”.
Cursillo is for those members of congregations who are already committed in their Christian lives. It is open to all baptised Christians over the age of 21; men and women, married or single, laity and clergy alike are invited to join the fellowship.

Rochester Cursillo weekend will take place on 1-4 November 2018 and our neighbouring Diocese of Canterbury is running its weekend 10 – 13 May.

The Cursillo weekend is not a retreat. There is no fasting or extended period of silence. The weekend is an opportunity to share and worship with clergy and laity who are seeking to strengthen their faith. It provides an opportunity through communal prayer, worship, study, fellowship, laughter, tears, and love to experience the reality of the gift of God’s love freely and unconditionally given.

Do you feel your Christian life is in a rut? Have you lost the excitement of being a disciple?

Would you like to consider Cursillo?

What?

Cursillo (pronounced Cur-SEE'-yo,) which is a Spanish word meaning "short course”. Cursillo is 'A movement of the Church providing a method by which Christians are empowered to grow through prayer, study and action and enabled to share God's love with everyone’. Canterbury, Southwark and Chichester have all had Cursillo in their dioceses for many years. We are now trying to introduce it to Rochester with the blessing of Bishop James. 

When she was Archdeacon of Canterbury Sheila Watson said:

‘At the heart of (Canterbury) diocesan mission …. we see our need to reimagine ministry - to bring about that vision of lay and ordained working together, valuing each other, rediscovering God's call. You can show us the way in Cursillo. You don't just talk about it, you live out lay and ordained leading together in your weekends and meetings. AND you turn your back on any gap between everyday life and Christian commitment - so our desire in the diocese to build partnerships and communities is well understood. But most of all I only have to look at you to be reminded you make it fun with that riot of colour - so let's enjoy walking in the light of the Lord!"

WHO MAY TAKE PART?

Cursillo is for those members of congregations who are already committed in their Christian lives. It is open to all Baptised Christians over the age of 21, men and women, married or single, laity and clergy alike are invited to join the fellowship. It is part of the Church, so we encourage people to be active participants in their churches. The basic method is an equal emphasis upon prayer (piety), study and action.

Becoming an active member of the Cursillo community involves two things:

  1. Attending a Cursillo Weekend
  2. Participating in Cursillo activities after the Weekend

Cursillo aims to be a model of partnership between lay people

and clergy. Husbands and wives may attend the same Cursillo week-end, or they may go on different week-ends.

CURSILLO WEEK-END

Cursillo includes a three-day weekend which often begins on Thursday evening and concludes on Sunday. During these three days, talks are given by lay people and clergy who have spent time working together carefully planning and preparing for the Week-end.

The Cursillo week-end is not a retreat. There is no fasting or extended period of silence. The week-end is an opportunity to share and worship with clergy and laity who are seeking to strengthen their faith. It provides an opportunity through communal prayer, worship, study, fellowship, laughter, tears, and love to experience the reality of the gift of God's love freely and unconditionally given. 

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF PILGRIMS? (the name given to participants on Cursillo)

  • To be open and willing to respond to what you experience, to share your feelings with others, and to allow them to share theirs with you.
  • To make a genuine effort to discover where you are and where or how you can grow in your Christian life.
  • To feel secure in the knowledge that you are accepted where you are and as you are, and to know that a specific response is not expected of you.
  • To be curious enough and thirsty enough for spiritual exploration and nourishment to acknowledge a need to commit a weekend of your life totally to Christ.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE WEEKEND?

Each individual who returns from the week-end with a renewed commitment to work for Christ is encouraged to join in the activities of an existing community of persons who have also experienced the weekend. The purpose of this community is to give strength and support to each other in order that each person might grow in faith and develop their particular gifts of ministry. The support is provided through two methods:

Group Meetings (Reunions) that are held frequently when several people gather together for mutual encouragement and support through PRAYER, STUDY, and ACTION.

Area Meetings (Ultreyas) that are meetings of larger groups of people who have either participated in a week-end or who might be interested in doing so. Here they share and witness to others so that the Church and their own faith may be built up.

 As you can see, Cursillo is a special organization.

It is:

  • An opportunity to grow in faith and in spirituality.
  • A deper understanding of the teachings of Jesus and how we can serve Him.
  • An experience of living and sharing with others in a loving and caring Christian community and realizing that this can be extended into our own environment
  • A continuing community that gives support and encouragement empowering the renewed Christians to persevere in carrying out their Baptismal vows

If you are interested to learn more please contact:

Chris Bostock -  annachaplain84@gmail.com  Tel:  07563 059756 or Rev Canon Alan Vousden -  alanvousden@btinternet.com Tel: 07803 628309




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