Simply Praying… at Rydal Hall

Finding Friendship with God … wherever you are
Wednesday Evenings at Rydal Hall – 23rd February to 20th April 2022

A pattern of devotion for Lent, giving you an opportunity to reflect on your life using quiet, meditative prayer.


Simply Praying is a pattern of devotion for Lent, giving you an opportunity to reflect on your life using quiet, meditative prayer. It aims to establish some habits to help you gain a deeper sense of God`s presence and purpose for you.

Simply Praying is made in the context of our everyday life. Each person in the group commits to 20 minutes reflective prayer each day and the weekly sessions. Including the Introductory evening there are nine sessions.

The prayer is based on Bible passages and you will be shown how to use them in different ways to draw closer to God. There will be handouts for you to refer to for ideas and direction. Simply Praying is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

The sessions will be led by the Chaplain of Rydal Hall, David Wilmot who has undertaken the full Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and is familiar with the material. He will undertake to be available and on call to help, listen and encourage.

What will it be like?

The first session will be on 23rd February at 7.00pm. This will be an introduction and during the week which follows you will be welcome to decide whether the Prayer Adventure is for you at this stage in your life. If it`s not for you then it`s perfectly acceptable for you to step aside.

How will it help?

Experience shows that a concentrated period of prayer like this can have tremendous value resulting in a deepening of our prayer and growth in awareness of God`s presence and love in our daily living. The sharing of experiences of prayer with others can also be a source of new insight and inspiration.

When and Where?

The sessions will take place at Rydal Hall on Wednesday evenings at 7.00pm and will end by 9.00pm. Tea/Coffee & biscuits will be available.

The first session will be on 23rd February with the final session on 20th April.

Places will have to be limited and a waiting list will also be available.

There is no charge but donations to Rydal Hall to cover the cost of materials will be appreciated.


  • Introduction: 23/02
  • Week 1: 02/03 Love, Freedom and Purpose (Ash Wednesday
  • Week 2: 09/03 Finding God in All Things
  • Week 3: 15/03 Something’s Broken
  • Week 4: 23/03 Knowing Jesus
  • Week 5: 30/03 What Do I Really Want?
  • Week 6: 06/04 The Public Ministry of Jesus
  • Week 7: 13/04 The Suffering Jesus
  • Week 8: 20/04 God’s Love and Our Response

To find out more please contact the Revd. David Wilmot on 07305 777 113 or

To reserve a place please contact Rydal Hall (015394) 32050 or