People at Rest

Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while. 
Mark 6:31

“People at Rest” offers an opportunity for people to come away with God for a sabbath rest. In Scripture, we read about how Jesus often “went away to a solitary place to pray” (Mark 1:35).  In the same way, God longs for us to take time away to be alone….to rest, pray and listen. This type of prayer is powerful and personal. God comes to each person in very specific and unique ways. People at Rest is not a time of teaching or study; rather, it is a time to be lavishly immersed in the loving presence of God. It is a time to receive all that God longs to give.  It is a time for deepening one’s connection with Jesus.  It is a time to move toward the love of God. You can choose between Wednesday nights or Saturday mornings to come away with God and take a real rest with us.  You’ll be glad you did!

It is an absolute gift to spend a couple of hours on a Saturday morning at People at Rest. Our world is so noisy & busy, we need to carve out quiet…to be renewed. Anne Dobbs makes it comfortable and inviting to explore scripture & listen for God’s voice. I will be back and highly encourage others to give yourself this gift. – Grace Smith

Simply put, it was a sweet time with Jesus. Carving out time to sit, be still, and talk openly with God is special. He truly desires a personal relationship with everyone. The blessings you receive will be extraordinary! – Sheryl Hayes

People at Rest – Wednesday Nights
The format for our Wednesday night gatherings will be an opportunity to “enter” into a scene from the Gospels. This is a prayer practice from the 1500’s that Ignatius of Loyola developed. The whole purpose is to encounter Jesus. During our hour and a half together, our leader will spend some time introducing participants to this type of prayer exercise. In short, people will be led into a Gospel scene as the leader guides them into the scene using their senses and imagination. After they have had a chance to listen to the Gospel scene read several times with prompts for experientially entering in, people will find a solitary place to pray and listen for the Holy Spirit, as they encounter Jesus in the scene. After 30 minutes of time alone in silence, people will spend 10 minutes journaling about what happened in their time. At the end of this time, everyone will return to the group and have an opportunity to share, if they desire, about their prayer time.

Wednesday Opportunities
To sign up, please email Anne Dobbs at
Session format: prayer (30 minutes), journaling (10 minutes), and optional sharing time (20 minutes)
Location: Cheek House Chapel
October 18 from 5:30-7:00 P.M.
April 11 from 5:30-7:00 P.M.

People at Rest – Saturday Mornings
During a “People at Rest” gathering, participants are given Scripture and Christian readings with which to pray with for an hour.  After moving into silence and after finding a quiet place alone with God, each person moves into a time of intimacy with God.  When we are silent, we make space to listen.  Some people may experience God through images, songs, memories, or creation; others may sense a gentle whisper or a still small voice.  Some people choose to walk, write, draw or sing; others to simply sit in silence.  There are no rules except to remain silent for one hour with the materials handed out at the beginning of the gathering.  At the end of the hour, people use a written review sheet to help them journal for 10-15 minutes about what God gave to them during their prayer time.  God speaks to each of us uniquely, and gives personally to each of us during our time at rest.  For those who desire, there is an opportunity at the end of the retreat to share with the others what God gave to them during prayer.

Saturday Opportunities
To sign up, please email Anne Dobbs at
Session format: scripture reading (15 minutes), prayer (one hour), journaling (15 minutes), and optional sharing time (15 minutes)
Location: The Gathering Place
September 30 from 9:30-11:30 A.M.
February 24 from 9:30-11:30 A.M.

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.
I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace.
I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.
Matthew 11:28-30

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