The Christian Meditation Center offers seminars and retreats throughout the year. We also offer ongoing book clubs that support an individual’s desire to meditate and grow spiritually. Check below to find the next date, time, and location the events are held. For all of these events, please contact Teresa Yerkes at 856-404-5704 or email tyerkes@christianmeditationcenter.org for more information or to register your attendance.

 

Spiritual Direction

All of us come to a place in our lives when we are not sure where to go next or we feel stuck in our current circumstances. Sometimes it is helpful to share what is on our heart, soul, and mind with another person. We can begin to heal just by having someone who will listen and to help bring clarity as to what the Spirit might be inviting us to do next. We offer both individual and group spiritual direction. There is no set fee for this service. However, we do request you pray about donating to support the work we are doing.

Teresa brings 35 years of her own personal discovery, along with highly specialized spiritual direction training from the Shalem Institute located in Washington DC.  She is also a Certified Lay Christian Counselor.

 Upcoming Events

2021 Prayer Group

In a world of constant unknowns, deciding where to put our faith is crucial to maintaining our inner peace.  The Bible tells us to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Praying supports our desire to deepen our relationship with our Lord.   Whether you are a beginner or a prayer warrior, there are many ways, waiting to be discovered, on how we can approach the throne of grace.

The First Church Prayer Group meets the first Monday of the month from 7 – 8 p.m. via Zoom.  Each month, we introduce a new type of prayer found in Richard Foster’s book, Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home.  The format of the meeting will begin with a brief lesson on a type of prayer with open discussion.  This will allow everyone to have an opportunity to teach and learn.

Richard Foster’s book has twenty-one chapters, so it will take two years to complete.  We will complete the book in January 2022.   There is no charge to attend and all are welcome.  For more information or to register, please contact Teri Yerkes at 856-404-5704 or tyerkes@christianmeditationcenter.org.

2021 Christian Meditation Book Clubs

Fall Book Club

We are so excited about our next book!  It is entitled, The Gift of Being Yourself: the Sacred Call to Self-Discovery by David Brenner.  We will meet weekly for six weeks beginning on Monday, September 27, 2021, from 7 – 8:30 p.m.  You can join us on Zoom or for those vaccinated, you can join us in person, at 312 S. Tuckahoe Road, Williamstown, NJ.  There is no registration fee, but you are responsible for buying the book.  Please register to receive more instruction about the book club.

More about the book:

The Gift of Being Yourself: the Sacred Call to Self-Discovery

“Grant, Lord, that I may know myself that I may know thee.” ―Augustine

Much is said in Christian circles about knowing God. But Christians throughout the ages have agreed that there cannot be deep knowledge of God without deep knowledge of the self. Discerning your true self is inextricably related to discerning God’s purposes for you. Paradoxically, the more you become like Christ, the more you become authentically yourself. In this profound exploration of Christian identity, psychologist and spiritual director David G. Benner illuminates the spirituality of self-discovery. He exposes the false selves that you may hide behind and calls you to discover the true self that emerges from your uniqueness in Christ. Freeing you from illusions about yourself, Benner shows that self-understanding leads to the fulfillment of your God-given destiny and vocation. Rest assured, you need not try to be someone you are not. But you will deepen your experience of God through discovering the gift of being yourself.

 

Winter Book Club

We are beginning a new book club beginning on Thursday, January 14, 2021, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. via a Zoom virtual gathering. The book club will meet for seven weeks. There is no charge for attending, but you are responsible for purchasing the book.

We are reading and reviewing the book, Sanctuary of the Soul: Journey into Meditative Prayer by Richard J. Foster.

Book Description
“At the very heart of God is the passionate disposition to be in loving fellowship with you. . . . From the human side of this equation it is meditative prayer that ushers us into this divine-human fellowship.” Richard Foster, bestselling author and founder of Renovaré, writes these words as one who has experienced what they describe. And in this new book, he will beautifully guide you in this transformational way, that you might come to know deeper fellowship with God. Weaving together quotes and stories from the lives of mothers and fathers of the faith as well as powerful encounters with God from his own life, Foster describes the riches of quieting your mind and heart in order to listen to and obey God more closely. Along the way, at perhaps his clearest, most practical best, he also provides the biblical teaching and step-by-step help you need to begin this prayer practice for yourself. The journey into meditative prayer is not easy, but it is essential. And, as Foster shows, it’s possible, even in the midst of the noisy, often chaotic world we live in. Your soul can become a sanctuary where you fellowship with the very God of the universe, who knows you and loves you deeply. These pages point the way.

Come join us! You will enjoy the wonderful company of like-minded people while discussing how we can deepen our relationship with our Lord. There is no charge to participate, but donations are always appreciated.

2021 Christian Meditation Sessions

The Psalmist not only encourages us to be still and acknowledge God, but states, “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.” Christian meditation incorporates stillness, silence, and places our attention on God into one practice. Those who meditate receive a spectrum of benefits; including but not limited to better physical, emotional, and mental health. However, the greatest benefits are spiritual. With regular practice, it resets our desires, elevates our consciousness, expands our understanding and it unpacks & supersizes the Fruit of the Spirit– love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

We now offer support for those who practice Christian meditation and would benefit from meditating with others from the comfort of their own home.  Sessions are led by qualified trained Christian meditation facilitators.  These sessions are designed for those who know how to meditate and would benefit from meditating with a trained facilitator.

Support is key to practicing meditation.  It provides the motivation needed to enable a firm habit to take hold in our lives.  You will find a variety of different meditation styles and durations are available.    We encourage you to try them all!  To see our schedule click Here.

 

2021 Christian Meditation Seminar

Our Christian Meditation Seminars are held on Sundays, April 25, and October 10, from 2 – 4 p.m.  No cost to participate, but donations are appreciated.

If you are interested in a private lesson, please contact Teresa for a date that will work with your schedule. The cost of a private lesson is $50.

WE WILL COME TO YOU! Please contact us if your organization is interested in hosting a seminar.  We can teach from a Christ-centered or a heart-centered perspective.

 

2021 Christian Meditation Retreats

Fall Retreat – Faithful Freedom

Ever wondered why you are not experiencing freedom when the Bible says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.”  Many Christians continue to struggle with issues that compromise their values.  Come find out why and the process the Lord requires for us to experience freedom.

Join us either in person, for those vaccinate at 312 S. Tuckahoe Road, Williamstown, NJ or on Zoom on Sunday, September 12 from 2 – 4 p.m.  The retreat will consist of teaching, sharing and 20 minutes of Christian meditation.  Weather permitting, we will meditate outdoors.  Once you register, you will receive additional details. There is no cost to attend, but a donation to support our ministry is greatly appreciated.

 

Spring Retreat – God Within You: The Case for Christian Meditation

Christian meditation is not a redesign of Eastern meditation.  It has been practiced for centuries.  Christ Himself spent many hours in prayer and just being in God’s presence.  You will find this retreat will offer a compelling case for the practice that has changed the lives of so many people.

Christian meditation is a practice that brings us closer to God and by the grace of God, to be united with Him. It is in being closer, we find the healing we need and the power to overcome our old nature.

The retreat is scheduled for Sunday, June 13  from 2 – 4 p.m. via Zoom.  Join us for a time of learning and sharing. There is no cost to attend, however, a love offering to the Christian Meditation Center would be appreciated.  To register, please contact Teresa Yerkes at 856-404-5704 (phone or text) or email at tyerkes@christianmeditationcenter.org.

These programs are sponsored by the Board of Directors of the Christian Meditation Center.