The Press Pause series this year builds on the pattern that we introduced in 2023. Press Pause gives us the opportunity in this busy world to set aside time in a safe, relaxed, peaceful and welcoming space that enables us to explore what it is like to experience God’s presence in our lives in a meaningful way.

Each Press Pausewill have a stand-alone theme opening up new horizons for us.

An invited speaker will guide us through the day, with opportunities for stillness, personal reflection and prayer. 

Refreshments are provided, please bring a packed lunch if you intend to stay for the afternoon.

Everyone is welcome, whoever you are and wherever you are from.

SESSION 2  Saturday 22 June  10.00 -15.15 (with option for morning only)


THEMEFinding God in all things:  an introduction to Ignatian prayer and spirituality

Come and join us for a day (or morning only) as we explore this rich theme together, no previous experience is necessary. The day will begin with an illustrated introduction to the life of St Ignatius. We will hear about his love for Jesus and his desire for all Christians to meet Jesus in their daily life and experience.

We will explore how Ignatius learned to pray and how to pray with the Gospels using our senses as the way to an encounter of the heart.

We will look at some of the themes of the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius such as the Principle and Foundation and discernment.

Times will be set aside for personal prayer and reflection along with discussion.


Revd Liz Hoare: Liz has recently moved back to the north following 16 years teaching spiritual formation at Wycliffe Hall Theological College in Oxford. She is ordained and previously worked in parishes nearby in the East Riding. She has a long-standing involvement in giving and receiving spiritual direction and is now working at St Bede’s Pastoral Centre in York. www.stbedes.org.uk

No booking required but please express an interest in coming by email using the link
or phone the Parish Centre: 01482 868540

SESSION 3 Saturday 5 October  10.00 -15.15 (with option for morning only)


THEME: Disciples in the Spacious Place:  “He brought me out into a spacious place;  he rescued me because he delighted in me.” (Psalm 18:19)

Come and join us for a day (or morning only)  for refreshment, encouragement and input to our daily lives as followers of Jesus.

How often do we long to feel free?  We can sometimes feel very restricted physically, emotionally, mentally and spirituality – during this day together with Mark Carey and Heather Bingley we will be exploring how we can grow our capacity to be free & fruitful in the spacious place indicated by Psalm 18:19.


Revd Mark Carey: Mark is Vicar of the Christ Church Bridlington and a small network of churches in and around Bridlington. Married for 36 years to Penny, they are happy and challenged(!) adoptive parents to three, now adult, children. They are enjoying empty nesting and grand-parent duties. Mark’s passion is to encourage people in everyday discipleship to Jesus – we’ve all promised to follow Jesus but it turns out it can be very challenging!   


Heather Bingley who is based at Christ Church will be assisting MarkShe is a licensed Lay Minister (Reader) with a wide experience and is also Lay Dean in the Bridlington Deanery.

No booking required but please express an interest in coming by email using the link
or phone the Parish Centre: 01482 868540

To anyone thinking of coming who might be a bit unsure, I would encourage you to come and just be yourself – there is no pressure to say or do anything – and simply enjoy what happens as you commit that time to leave your everyday life aside. As I did, you might be very pleasantly surprised by how much it helps in ways you had not even thought of.’