Contemplative Ministries


beyond sunday morning…

Claremont Presbyterian Church offers many opportunities for prayer and contemplation. Spiritual disciplines take time to learn and practice, so companions on the journey are important. We come together to seek God’s presence, wisdom and peace so that we may return to daily life centered and grounded for our work of loving God and neighbor.

Thursday Morning Meditation
We gather in the chapel at 7 AM to greet the day by keeping silence together for 25 minutes. The first Thursday of each month begins with a very brief introduction to the practice of meditation. We often break the silence by departing for conversation at a nearby coffee shop.

Evening Prayer for Healing and Wholeness
On the second Sunday of each month, we gather in the chapel for prayers at close of day that include prayers for healing--of loved ones, of those on our congregation’s prayer list, of situations in the world that are heavy on our hearts. These gatherings often include music and readings from scripture, poetry, or spiritual texts.

Labyrinth Walks
The labyrinth offers the ancient practice of contemplative walking as embodied prayer. Claremont Presbyterian has a portable canvas labyrinth and is working toward construction of a more permanent installation on our campus. We offer labyrinth walks at various times of the year, often in connection with liturgical seasons such as Lent and Advent.

Take time away from the busy-ness of life to feed your soul. Retreats planned at CPC the next year include:

November 1-2: The Enneagram as a Path Toward Wholeness
February 29: Living With Compassion in this Election Year

Jazz Vespers
Evening Prayer with a twist! Jazz Vespers includes music, readings from the sacred texts of the Christian tradition as well as others, and lots of space for prayer and reflection. Check the church calendar to find the date for our next service.

Spiritual Direction
Our Associate Pastor, Brian Gaeta-Symonds, is a trained spiritual director affiliated with Stillpoint Center for Christian Spirituality. Contact him for more information about working with a Spiritual Director.