What is Daylight?
Daylight is the name of a small group of parishioners with a common aim. Anyone may join in. Drawing inspiration from the lifestyle of early Christian communities, especially St Benedict, we seek to be a modern day expression in a dispersed community held together by a common commitment. All are welcome, who wish to explore this. We are based loosely on the Community of St Chad, a diocesan-wide group having a similar outlook; lectio divina forms part of our daily prayer life. The meetings are usually on the 2nd Saturday of each month; please see the What’s On page of the website for confirmation.
Purpose: To respond to an expressed desire for a deeper relationship with God, with each other, and with the community within which we live, by developing a commitment to a spiritual lifestyle centred on three principles: Prayer, Worship, Service.
This leads to the seven practices of grace:
1 With the Grace of God I will seek to give time daily in prayer and reading the bible.
2 With the Grace of God I will join in weekly worship with others.
3 With the Grace of God I will give time each week in service to the community and the environment.
4 With the Grace of God I will prayerfully approach the stewardship of money, giving to the church and the needs of the most vulnerable, moving towards 10% of my resources.
5 With the Grace of God I will give time and space listening to God, others and self.
6 With the Grace of God I commit to meeting regularly with others in the community for support, sharing, learning and study.
7 With the Grace of God I will seek to live a life of stability and obedience to God, staying with the commitments I now make.
With God’s blessing we shall embark on an adventure of faith, leaving the outcome of this journey to God. We meet about every 3-4 weeks, often on a Saturday morning.
In reading the bible together the method of Lectio Divina is used most often. Likewise when reading it by oneself. This is a contemplative way of reading the bible, based on monastic practice established by Benedict in the 6th century. A google search will tell you more. You can find the Gospel for each week, together with a commentary, here.
One prayerful daily devotion could focus on dressing with the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6. 13-17) each morning. Another could be the prayer used by one of the pilgrims on the route to Santiago de Compostela:
GUIDE ME ON MY WAY TODAY
KEEP ME FROM HARM
DEEPEN MY RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU, YOUR EARTH AND ALL YOUR FAMILY.
STENGTHEN YOUR LOVE WITHIN ME
THAT I MAY BE A PRESENCE OF YOUR PEACE
IN OUR WORLD.
You are welcome to join us in developing your response to the seven Graces. Please contact the PCC secretary to express your interest – or just turn up!