Free & Fit - Spiritual Direction Weekend Retreat - Prayers with Scripture & Walking, Jogging or Run

Free & Fit - Spiritual Direction Weekend Retreat - Prayers with Scripture & Walking, Jogging or Running and Picking Litter (Plogging) Earth Day Special - Co-ordinated by Tim Cheux



Introduction to Recreational Online Retreat

- How to Plog through a Pandemic


After completing our online retreat last May, our outdoor Plogging activity or Earth Day and continued Spiritual Direction and Scripture sessions I have decided to explore Walking, Jogging or Running with Scripture as a Spiritual Discipline and outdoor online retreat activity.


This May, as part of a recreational community weekend retreat, I am offering a Sports focused Spiritual retreat. Focusing on the Beatitudes (Matthew 5) and Ecclesiastes promises (Ecclesiastes 3) the weekend will include Old and New Testament themed life focused study with a Christ centered Gospel message with an evangelistic theological perspective.


Theological Perspective


In John 15: 1-18 Jesus declares that he is the “true vine”, I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.” John‬ ‭15:1‬ ‭NRSV‬‬, and we are the “branches”, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” John‬ ‭15:5‬. That we have been woven into the future of mankind with Jesus and that we will be in eternity in heaven, where Christ has prepared a place for us. It is here where I find solace, time alone with Christ in creation whilst out walking, jogging or running and moving, meditating and memorizing on God's word.


The pace by which we encounter Christ will not interfere with our Lord and Savior. Perhaps in your quiet time you prefer to walk slowly, burn a candle and be alone with Christ in the wilderness, or perhaps you encounter Christ during a lunchtime jog and meditation whilst on break from work or maybe Christ meets you on your treadmill or race track in the midst of an online class or race meet. Whatever your pace of life. Whether you are walking, jogging or running with, towards or away from Christ he is right there with you in the midst.


The author whilst reflecting on this upcoming weekend recalled being asked to study a tree. To pray under a tree daily and to imagine being alone with Jesus outdoors in the Spring, Summer and Fall months by the tree a spiritual prayer companion and faithfully planted, rooted member of Christ's family and a friend of mine. Trees to me represent Christ. An outdoor image of Gods image, created, rooted and spiritually planted for our prayer lives to remind us we are the branches and Christ is the true vine.


Practical Background and Sporting/Fitness Context


During the retreat four types of sports and / or fitness spiritual practices will be made available. Walking with Jesus, Jogging with The Beatitudes, Sprinting with Ecclesiastical Promises (needs to be added) and Psalmimg, Plogging and Planking on Earth Day.


Walking with Jesus - Morning of Retreat Activity and Pre-Retreat Activity


As a starting point guests will be invited to “walk a mile in Christ shoes.” Similar to a labyrinth walk, but without a circular repetitive path, guests will be invited to walk with a silent meditation of lectio divina with the passage when Jesus is walking with the disciples on the road to Emmaus. The Em