Centering Prayer

Deepening our relationship with God
through the practice of Centering Prayer

We will not be meeting for Centering Prayer for the rest of the summer, and will start back on Tuesday, September 10, 2019.

During the winter we meet weekly on Tuesday evenings from  7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Children’s Chapel at the rear of the Maple Grove United Church Sanctuary. Usually, after we meditate for 20 minutes, we pause for a short break for tea, cookies and chatting, followed by reading and discussion or watching relevant videos.  We read books and watch videos about Christian meditation by people such as Father Keating, Cynthia Bourgeault, Richard Rohr, Henri Nouwen, and others.

Please join us!

The spiritual discipline of contemplative prayer has an extremely long tradition in Christianity. Initially developed by hermits and monks, it has remained a sought-after method of experiencing the presence of God deep inside the self. One contemporary expression of this ancient practice is called Centering Prayer; you can experience it at Maple Grove United Church.

Link to a pdf on meditation and neuroscience


If you’d like to understand how meditation works, here’s a short article:

Here is a summary of the contemporary practice of Centering Prayer –

To learn more about our practice, you can watch these videos:



One of the best ways to get to know what it is about is by getting in touch with group co-ordinator Michella Poetz at 905-827-6195 or  michellapoetz @ gmail . com (with no spaces) or Joan Vinall-Cox – joan . vinallcox @ gmail . com (no spaces) and coming to our meetings.


We open our awareness to the Ultimate Mystery
whom we know by faith is within us,
closer than breathing, closer than thinking,
closer than choosing, closer than consciousness itself.

The Ultimate Mystery is the ground in which
our being is rooted,
the source from whom our life emerges