What is a Retreat?
To retreat is to withdraw from the immediate challenges we are facing. In Christian tradition, retreats are times to withdraw from the normal routines and stresses of life, for a set period, in order to have focussed time with God, time for prayer and reflection and refreshment. This is something that we all need to do. There are many ways to do it.
Residential Retreats beyond the Diocese
Coventry Diocese offers a small fund to support lay church members who are in need of a retreat. As the fund is limited, priority is given to those who are active lay leaders and ministers, and to those who have a particular need for retreat. Applications for Lay Retreat Grants must be supported by the incumbent (vicar or rector) of the church you are part of. (During interregnum the application form can be endorsed by the churchwardens.)
The Lay Retreat Grant fund for 2023 has already been used. However, there is a reserve fund that can be used in cases of particular need, to support an individual or to resource their ministry.
To apply for a grant, please download the application from here, complete part A, then forward it to your incumbent to complete part B. They should forward it to the Mission & Discipleship Administrator (copying it to you).
Day Retreats within the Diocese
There is a separate fund for non-residential retreats taken within the diocese, either for individuals or for groups. The 'Offa House Spirituality Fund' is a restricted fund and can only be used for applications that fit its terms.
Clergy and lay retreat grants of up to £120 are available for 'spiritual renewal and refreshment days',taken within the Diocese of Coventry. Grants may cover travel, day care for children or other dependants, materials and refreshments.
Group day retreats organised by churches or schools, held within the diocese, can be funded up to 75% of the total cost of the event. Events must be free to attend.
To apply for an individual day retreat grant, please download the application form here. To apply for a group day retreat grant, please download the application form here. Complete part A, then forward to your incumbent to complete part B. They should forward it to the Mission and Discipleship Administrator (email address on form), copying it to you.