Q: Do you have to be Christian to attend a Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat weekend?
A: No – the Retreat is a place where any person from any faith or denomination and those with no formal faith connection is welcomed.
Each Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat weekend is held in prayer by a network of people. Anyone can support those who are preparing for their Retreat weekend, by keeping them in your thoughts and prayers.
Prayers in preparation for the August 2019 Retreat.
The gift of Hope and the grace of Healing are at the heart of Rachel’s Vineyard – no one is beyond the reach of God.
Prayer is simply, ‘talking and listening to God’. You may want to use words others have written or you might put your own words together….
Talking to God…
The Friday-Sunday Prayer
My life is bereaved of truth
My soul is bereaved of light.
Holy Spirit guide me
Christ save me
Father forgive me.
My soul is whole and tender
My life is in hand.
Holy Spirit fill me
Jesus know me
Father love me.
Listening to God…
“I know the plans I have for you’, says the Lord….’Plans to give you hope and a future.’
“Nothing can separate us from God’s love.”
“I used to go to Church to be good – but now I realise, I go to Church to be loved.”
Where does the name Rachel’s Vineyard come from?
The Hebrew Scriptures tell the beautiful story of Rachel, who mourns the loss of her children. Her grief is real and she is broken – but God hears her and gathers her in love…
Rachel mourns the loss of her children. She refuses to be consoled because her children are no more. Thus says the Lord: Cease your cries of mourning. Wipe the tears from your eyes. The sorrow you have shown shall have its reward. There is hope for your future. (Jeremiah 31)
The Gospel stories of Jesus are the perfect response to the Hebrew Scriptures. They reveal the promise that Jesus is with us, in our everyday lives.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15)
The name Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats recognises the reality of grief from the loss of a child, the unbreakable promise of God’s love and the gift of being ‘part of the vineyard’, to each other.
If you would like to support this work in prayer, please contact:
Wendy Hill firstname.lastname@example.org