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A Reflection from a Retreat Participant

"I  was able to go to the [Refreshment] retreat [at A Quiet Place] on April 27, 2018. I had been in a season of high stress. The best way to describe where I was, was in knowing I needed to stop and regain my footing. With a toddler and working full time, along with getting the feeling that God is calling me into a new phase, I felt like I was surrounded by noise and I was desperate for quiet.

During the day long retreat, I was so grateful for the emphasis put on the hosts taking care of the details (like playing the chime when it was time to move) so I could only focus on listening. I even fell asleep point and it was the best!

Knowing that women were praying for all of us let me rest from my "helper" role; I didn't feel like I needed to care for anyone else. What a gift!

I journaled pages and pages of what I was hearing from God.

Thank you for offering this opportunity! I brought a book to take home so that we can possibly share a similar gift to the women in our community.."

T.L., Tennessee, 

Porch Swing at A Quiet Place

A Reflection About the Spiritual Formation Group Online Training

Joycelyn did a great job of guiding us through the skills necessary to lead a spiritual formation group.  More than simply sharing the material, she perfectly embodied the method. It was the perfect blend of information and transformation which instructed not only our minds, but our souls as well.  It was a blessing!  

J.R., Lexington, KY

Click on the formation opportunity in the calendar that you would like to learn more about or to register. 

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, April 01, 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Zoom- Online

    The Prayer of Examen 8 p.m. EST.  April 1, 2020

    Is it becoming difficult for you to see the light at the end of the tunnel? Is it becoming difficult for you to see and experience the presence of God throughout the day? The prayer of Examen is a spiritual exercise that will invite you to develop a deeper level of spiritual sensitivity to recognizing the Holy Spirit's activity in your life.  Its purpose is to form in you an awareness of Gods presence and the Holy Spirit's movement throughout the day.

    This is a practice of listening so you will not need to use the video, however at the end there will be an opportunity to share what you have experienced during the prayer of examen. You may want to use video during this time, or your voice. You have the freedom to join by audio only or video and audio.

    The questions used will be shared on the screen for participants to see or you can just listen to the questions as they are being read in this guided meditation. 

    Guided by Joycelyn Lewis

    What you will need:

    A Quiet Place for reflection
    A Candle to Light (optional)
    Glass of Water

    Check our website for the days and time of our evening examens. 

    You will receive the Zoom link when you register. 

    • Monday, April 06, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online

    We are in unprecedented times with isolation, fear, and uncertainty ever present because of the pandemic.  In response, Equipping Lydia is offering mid-day Monday sanctuaries of prayer.  Laura Baber, founder of Equipping Lydia will be leading times of guided prayer and reflection from her book, Rhythms of Restoration: Practicing Grief on the Path of Grace. 

    Mondays 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time 
    March 23, March 30, April 6
    You will need to register for each online sanctuary to reserve your spot.

     Overwhelmed: It is so easy to become overwhelmed.  We worry for ourselves, those we love, and the world.  If you are feeling the onslaught of worry, may this guided prayer help you encounter the radical peace that Jesus offers.  May you know the peace that surpasses all of our human understanding. 


    You will receive the link to the Zoom Room when you register for this online sanctuary.

    This online sanctuary of prayer is our gift of renewal to you.

    Equipping Lydia is a 501c3 non-profit organization. If you would like to give a donation you can give your donation through:


    All donations are tax-deductible. The suggested donation for this online sanctuary is $10.00

    • Thursday, April 09, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom


    Online Prayer Experience

    Do you ever feel inadequate about your prayer life?  

    Do you feel anxiety about our current situation in the US?

    Do your prayers feel like a laundry list of requests to God, when you want them to feel authentic and worshipful?  

    Do you have trouble remaining in prayer… sitting still, for more than a couple of minutes?

    Do you yearn to spend some quality time in prayer?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to this event and learn a new way to pray.

    When:  April 9th, 2020

    Time:  Noon-1pm Eastern Standard Time

    (You will Receive Your Zoom Link on or after April 6, 2020.)

    Leader:  Susan Bradish, Ruling Elder (Presbyterian Church, USA), Artist and owner of Skirted Turtle Studio, Lexington,  KY.

    Learn a method of prayer based on the book by Sybil MacBeth.  

    This method combines prayer with playful activity that allows you to relax, drop all pretense with God, and focus your prayers on the people or situations you are lifting up. 

    What to bring:  Pencil and paper are the minimum requirements. 

    Recommended items are:

    • a black fine tip marker

    • a set of colored markers or colored pencils which you enjoy using

    • an open mind and a sense of adventure

    • blank paper, index cards or card stock

Past events

Monday, March 30, 2020 Online Sanctuary of Prayer-Facing Our Fears
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 Ending Your Day With Gratitude: The Prayer of Examen
Monday, March 23, 2020 Ending Your Day With Gratitude: The Prayer of Examen
Monday, March 23, 2020 Online Sanctuary of Prayer- Love Over Chaos
Saturday, March 14, 2020 Whispers of the Divine: An Enneagram Journey
Saturday, February 01, 2020 Are you longing for more of God? Create Your Spiritual Growth Plan For the Year
Thursday, November 21, 2019 Praise Party (3rd Thursday of each month)
Saturday, November 02, 2019 Leadership Mentoring Group For Women Only
Thursday, October 17, 2019 Praise Party
Monday, October 14, 2019 PRAY WITH US
Saturday, September 07, 2019 Leadership Mentoring Group For Women Only
Thursday, August 15, 2019 Praise Party
Thursday, August 08, 2019 PRAY WITH US
Thursday, June 13, 2019 Spiritual Formation Group- Online Training
Monday, June 10, 2019 EVENING-The Way of Scripture- A 8 Week Small Group Experience in Spiritual Formation
Saturday, May 04, 2019 Leadership Mentoring Group For Women Only
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Refreshment Retreat
Saturday, April 13, 2019 Quiet Day Retreat
Saturday, April 06, 2019 Leadership Mentoring Group For Women Only
Saturday, March 23, 2019 Refreshment Retreat
Saturday, March 02, 2019 Leading Change Group for Women Only
Saturday, March 02, 2019 Leadership Mentoring Group For Women Only
Saturday, February 09, 2019 Online Spiritual Formation Group Leadership Training
Saturday, January 26, 2019 Prayer & Fellowship
Saturday, December 01, 2018 Refreshment Retreat

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