If you enjoy the online meditations you may be interested in a local Taketime Together Group.
This offers the opportunity to meditate with others, which many find easier than meditating by themselves. It also adds another dimension to your experience.
Taketime Together Groups offer three levels of optional participation.
- Meditating together
This is a 20 to 25-minute meditation with some gentle music at the end. You may leave at the end of the meditation if you wish.
An opportunity to relax with a cup of tea or coffee and some biscuits. You may leave after you have had your refreshments if you wish.
- Sharing together
The first part of the sharing gives you a chance to listen to other people’s experiences of the meditation and to share your own, if you wish.
The second part of the sharing enables you to look at, and reflect upon, the words from the Bible on which the meditation is based. This uses a method inspired by the traditional Benedictine practice of “Lectio Divina,” and requires no knowledge of the Bible.
There is deliberately no teaching and no Bible study because the aim is to provide a safe, compassionate, exploratory, non-directive, experiential space in which all are valued equally.
Taketime Together Values
There is no teaching at a Taketime Together Group, other than what we learn from people sharing their own experiences. This means that all who attend are on an equal footing whether a minister of religion or someone who is just interested but who has no religious background at all.
If you attend you will be welcomed and valued. You will not be preached at or pressured to attend the local Church. Taketime seeks to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus rather than recruit you for the Church.
Should you wish to know more about any local Church the group leaders will be happy to put you in touch with someone, but this is not our main aim.
No religious knowledge or background is needed to attend Taketime Together and none is assumed.
As an organisation, Taketime believes, along with all mainstream Christian Churches, that there is one God, who exists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and that the Holy Bible is the supreme source of revelation.