Blue Christmas - A Service of Remembrance and Hope
Dec
17
7:00 PM19:00

Blue Christmas - A Service of Remembrance and Hope

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For many people, Christmas is a time of joy and filled with gladness and merriment.  For many others, it is a time of deep sadness that can lead to depression, isolation, and anxiety.  For those who have lost a loved one, who have lost a job, or who are dealing with illness, loneliness or broken relationships, it is really difficult to sing “Joy to the World.”

A “Blue Christmas” service is held near December 21, which is the longest and darkest night of the year, as a time for quiet reflection and prayer.  The service emphasizes Jesus as the Light of the World, and as John says about Jesus, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:5).

The service begins with dim lights and a candle procession, spreading a gentle light through the gathered community.  The songs, hymns and music are soft and reflective, led with simple instrumentation.  Scripture readings focus on God’s hope for us and presence with us in feeling what we feel. This is a quiet service of hope and promise.

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Preparing for Advent with Ignatian Prayer
Nov
28
7:00 PM19:00

Preparing for Advent with Ignatian Prayer

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Looking for something different for Advent? Want to push the "Pause" button on the Christmas season? Come, prepare yourself in this hope-filled time of Christ-waiting by experiencing the Christmas story in an imaginative way, following the practice of Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Ignatius was led into a deeper relationship with God as he used his imagination to pray with the words of the Bible. We hope to do the same.

Debbi Jo Dieter will facilitate this evening of prayer.

Suggested donation $10 at the door.

Please register to ensure we have enough room for everyone.

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Thresholds: Discerning God’s Invitations to Something New
Oct
28
9:00 AM09:00

Thresholds: Discerning God’s Invitations to Something New

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Thresholds call us from the known to the unknown. In some monastic traditions, thresholds are considered sacred. They are seen as invitations from God to enter something new. Crossing thresholds allows us to let go of what was and walk into a world of possibility. This day-long retreat offers space to pause and consider what thresholds lie before you. What might God be asking you to leave (positions, places, relationships, habits, strategies to make life work)? What is the new place God is inviting you to enter? This guided retreat offers opportunities for individual reflection and prayer as well as group teaching times.
Join us for this day retreat (9am – 3pm) at the beautiful Red Barn Retreats, just south of Mankato (www.redbarnretreats.com).

If you’d like to make it a complete weekend, consider spending Friday and/or Saturday night at the Barn. Call (866) 430-1717 to reserve overnight accommodations.

Cost: $35 per person - lunch provided.

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Soul Survival
Oct
14
9:30 AM09:30

Soul Survival

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Busyness and exhaustion are the new status symbol. This hurried, tired, and busy mentality overflows into every aspect of our life including our home life and ministry. This workshop addresses the impact of running on empty, expands and redefines Sabbath, as well as creatively discusses how to actually get more done. Each person will leave with their own individualized soul-survival strategy.

Cost: $10

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Bread for the Journey
Oct
14
9:00 AM09:00

Bread for the Journey

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Did you know there are over 300 references to bread in the Bible?  What is it about bread that has made it a symbol of life for centuries?  Bread has much to teach us about our own life and spiritual journey.  This workshop will show how the process of making bread corresponds to our transformation into Christlikeness (Gal. 4:19) – a process that takes time, patience, and understanding.  

Specifically, we will look at the rhythms of simplicity, rest, balance, pain, and contentment as we grow and learn….all through the experience of making your own loaf of fresh Challah bread to take home. Bring an apron of you have one, otherwise we will provide one for you! This half-day retreat is limited to 10 bakers, but feel free to bring a partner at no additional charge and share the fun and your loaf of bread!

*This event is being held off-site in Wisconsin. If you are interested in having this ½ day retreat for your church or small group, contact us nancy@veniteministries.org.

Cost: $25
Space is limited - make sure to register to save your spot.

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Creating Sacred Art: A Contemporary Icon Making Workshop
Sep
28
6:30 PM18:30

Creating Sacred Art: A Contemporary Icon Making Workshop

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Join fabric icon-artist Janet Hagberg as she leads us in a contemplative experience creating seven-inch icons, using fabric as the medium. Biblical stories, verses or memories of favorite sacred places are the starting points as we listen for the Spirit’s guidance. No experience necessary, just curiosity and desire. Background fabric, batting, and backing fabric will be provided. This event is held in an upstairs condo and requires walking some stairs.

What to bring: Gentle expectations, straight pins, 2-3 scraps of fabric that you really like, Bible, scissors, cell phone, loving anticipation

Cost: $25

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Visio Divina: Encountering God through Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Jul
14
6:30 PM18:30

Visio Divina: Encountering God through Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Visio Divina

Friday, July 14 | 6:30 pm

Although the name may sound strange, Visio Divina is simply another way to pray and connect with God. Visio Divina is similar to the ancient Christian practice of Lectio Divina (reading a short passage of Scripture three times, paying attention to a word or phrase that stands out). Lectio Divina allows space for God to connect the Bible to the everyday life of the reader. In a similar way, Visio Divina invites us to encounter God through a piece of artwork. One prayerfully considers and interacts with a picture, photograph, icon, or artwork.

Join us at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts where we will look at some famous inspirational pieces of art and try this more “hands on” approach to prayer. We will gather in front of the MIA gift shop at 6:30 pm. 

Parking in paid ramp or on street.
Family friendly for ages 8+.

Tickets for this event are sold out. Check back soon for more events like this!

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Guided City Prayer Walk
Jun
15
to Aug 17

Guided City Prayer Walk

Minneapolis Guided City Prayer Walk near Retreat Center

Guided City Prayer Walk

June 15 + July 20 + August 17 | 10-11:30 AM + 6-7:30 PM
Venite Ministries | 109 E. 26th St | Minneapolis

This summer, tour the Whittier neighborhood via prayer every Third Thursday. Bring your family or friends for either our morning walk (10-11:30 am) or evening walk (6-7:30 pm), and allow the city to spur conversation with God. Because this is in the heart of Eat Street, take advantage of breakfast, lunch or dinner while you're here. 

Your prayer walk will be facilitated by a someone on our Ministry Team who will take you through 3-5 stops from our list of 26 prayer opportunities surrounding Venite. We will visit different locations each of the three Thursdays. Expect God to speak to you through landmarks and object lessons causing you to learn, think or question because of a connection to a circumstance, relationship or situation in your daily life.

Cost $5 each, or $10 for 3 tickets | Kids age 8-17 are free

Bring an umbrella if it rains; no cancellations.

Registration

UPDATE: There will not
be an evening walk on August 17

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Prayer Walk
May
6
1:00 PM13:00

Prayer Walk

Prayer Walk

Saturday, May 6 | 1:00 pm

Be part of a global walk on World ‪‎Labyrinth Day, Saturday, May 6. Join others across the world who will ‘Walk as One at 1" in the afternoon across the time zones. Last year 24 countries and 46 states participated.

We will meet at MIA for a brief explanation of how labyrinths are used for prayer. For those new to prayer walking, participants will receive two prayer options to choose from as we walk collectively in prayer. If it rains, there is an indoor alternative using finger labyrinths.

Cost: $10.00

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Waiting in the Threshold: Celebrating Holy Saturday
Apr
15
9:30 AM09:30

Waiting in the Threshold: Celebrating Holy Saturday

As we celebrate Easter, we forget that between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Jesus waited. God waited. All of heaven waited. The Latin word for "threshold" is limen. "Liminal space" is the crucial in-between time when everything actually happens and yet nothing appears to be happening. Join us on Holy Saturday, as we take time to notice what God is inviting when we find ourselves in the middle of a life threshold. This 2 hour workshop provides teaching, discussion, and guided, hands-on prayer to explore what God is doing, as well as what you can do, in in the waiting. 

$12 per person.

Workshop Facilitator: Amy McGrew 

Over 20 years ago, Amy McGrew embarked on a life-long commitment to invest in students and their leaders. She’s been on staff in small to mega churches—in children’s, middle school, high school and college-age ministries. She has her M.A. in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary. As the Director of Training at Youth Leadership, Amy plans and implements training events, conferences and their online certification program. In addition, she also works with InterServe Ministries at White Bear Lake UMC as the Interim Director of Youth. In her free time she serves on the Ministry Team at Venite Ministries in Minneapolis as a Spiritual Director providing opportunities to notice and respond to God’s invitations in the midst of everyday life. Amy is an avid reader and traveler, and a fan of hammocks, sheep and Korean television shows.

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Journaling Workshop
Mar
14
6:30 PM18:30

Journaling Workshop

Come, and try something new, or something familiar. Whether you love to write or are terrified of it, you will find something to try in this workshop. People talk about journaling, but what is it, really? We will talk about what it is, and definitely about what it is not!

The cost for the evening is $12 per person. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring some of your own. Ideas: Notebook or journal, pen or pencil, colored pens or pencils, a ready heart and a willing spirit.

Space is limited, so be sure to register!

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Hand to Heart - The Spiritual Practice of Crafting Prayer Shawls
Feb
25
9:30 AM09:30

Hand to Heart - The Spiritual Practice of Crafting Prayer Shawls

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Come and consider how you can be quietly active in the Greater Story of God by pondering your spiritual life from the perspective of yarn and creating shawls.

Come and consider the lifestyle of fingers and yarn as an easy way of experiencing spiritual disciplines: solitude and silence, spiritual friendships, fervent prayer, slowing down, frugality, sacrifice, abandoning outcomes, secrecy, detachment, and more. Over more than a decade of averaging 1 shawl per month, the presenter of this workshop has encouraging stories to share about how through yarn, we are quietly active in the Greater Story of God.

This workshop will provide time for stitching, pondering, reflecting and discussion. We will stitch in individual and in group sessions. Samples of prayer shawls and pocket prayer shawls and some reference books will be provided. Please bring yarn and needles/crochet hook, notebook and pen.

Led by Alice Johnson

Cost:  $20

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Visio Divina - Encountering God through Art
Jan
13
to Jan 14

Visio Divina - Encountering God through Art

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Although the name may sound strange, Visio Divina is simply another way to pray and connect with God. Visio Divina is similar to the ancient Christian practice of Lectio Divina (reading a short passage of Scripture three times, paying attention to a word or phrase that stands out). Lectio Divina allows space for God to connect the Bible to the everyday life of the reader. In a similar way, Visio Divina invites us to encounter God through a piece of artwork. One prayerfully considers and interacts with a picture, photograph, icon, or artwork.

Join us at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts where we will look at some famous inspirational pieces of art and try this more “hands on” approach to prayer. We will gather in front of the MIA gift shop at 6:30 pm. 

Parking in paid ramp or on street.
Family friendly for ages 8+.

UPDATE: Registration for this event is full. 

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Blue Christmas: A Service of Remembrance and Hope
Dec
18
7:00 PM19:00

Blue Christmas: A Service of Remembrance and Hope

For many people, Christmas is a time of joy and filled with gladness and merriment.  For many others, it is a time of deep sadness that can lead to depression, isolation, and anxiety.  For those who have lost a loved one, who have lost a job, or who are dealing with illness, loneliness or broken relationships, it is really difficult to sing “Joy to the World.”

A “Blue Christmas” service, usually held on December 21, which is the longest and darkest night of the year, is a time for quiet reflection and prayer.  The service emphasizes Jesus as the Light of the World, and as John says about Jesus, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:5).

The service begins with dim lights and a candle procession, spreading a gentle light through the gathered community.  The songs, hymns and music are soft and reflective, led with simple instrumentation.  Scripture readings focus on God’s hope for us and presence with us in feeling what we feel. This is a quiet service of hope and promise.

Offered through a partnership of Venite Ministries and Pivot Point Ministries.

Donations welcomed.

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Preparing for Advent with Ignatian Prayer
Nov
29
7:00 PM19:00

Preparing for Advent with Ignatian Prayer

Looking for something different for Advent? Want to push the "Pause" button on the Christmas season? Come, prepare yourself in this hope-filled time of Christ-waiting by experiencing the Christmas story in an imaginative way, following the practice of Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Ignatius was led into a deeper relationship with God as he used his imagination to pray with the words of the Bible. We hope to do the same.

Debbi Jo Dieter will facilitate this evening of prayer.

Suggested donation $10 at the door.

Please register to ensure we have enough room for everyone.

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Community Open House
Nov
19
3:00 PM15:00

Community Open House

Come celebrate the grand opening of Venite Ministries' retreat room and ministry space. Bring your friends and make a day of it! Grab lunch or dinner on Eat Street, visit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, bike or walk the greenway, then join us for refreshments and exploring the new space. 

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