Still wednesday

In the stillness of quiet, if we listen, we can hear the whisper of the heart giving strength to weakness, courage to fear, hope to despair. 

~ Howard Thurman


Join us for a time of meditative worship, calming prayer, and still reflection.

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 PM

meeting weekly through June 26, 2024

meeting twice in the summer on July 17 and August 14

resuming weekly gahterings on September 18, 2024


Gathering in-person in the Sanctuary or Octagon Room. 


Note: The Still Wednesday schedule may change due to weather or holidays. If Still Wednesday shifts to a virtual space, you can join via Zoom! Contact Kenzie Raulin directly or the church office at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org to receive updates.


Give yourself the gift of stillness and calm in our increasingly distracting world. Join for an hour of contemplative communal prayer and fellowship. Each week week has a different facilitator, and a different focus or form of moving closer to the divine. Come as you feel called.


Still Wednesday provides a space for quiet reflection, silent prayer, calm and connection in a busy, noisy world. All are welcome for this hour of quiet prayer and presence. The exact format changes week to week, but typically Still Wednesday offers a time of prayer in the form of poetry, scripture, music, or art. There is usually 20 minutes of silent contemplative prayer, listening, and a chance to reflect privately or share. 


Still Wednesday will meet weekly during the programming year (Sept. - June) and once a month during the summer months of July and August.


No need to RSVP, simply join us as you are able. 

January 2024 Events

Drumming the Beloved Community

January date canceled due to snow!

NEW DATE: Wednesday, February 7

7:00-8:00 PM


Renown drummer Katy Gaughan will lead us in this form of contemplative prayer. We experience the One pulse that gives rise to all the rhythms of life while we play and listen. Drums will be available (if you have a drum feel free to bring it). No experience is necessary, only a desire to be open and present. ALL ARE WELCOME! Event is free of charge, however donations will be appreciated. 

Contemplative Art Workshop

Update 1/8/2024: 

There is now a wait list for this event. 

Please contact Kenzie Raulin directly via her website to inquire.

Read more and register online: https://www.krdesign.net/workshops

If there is enough interest, Kenzie may consider running a similar event at a future date



Community Contemplative Art Workshop Retreat

KINdling Creativity

Facilitated by Kenzie Raulin

Bring a bagged lunch.

$45 includes all supplies, coffee and tea. 

(If cost is a concern, contact Kenzie!)


All human beings are creative, we are born to be. Unplug and join in contemplative exercises to ignite your creative spirit. Journaling prompts, drawing exercises open yourself to the divine spirit within. NO prior creative experience necessary, come with an open heart and mind. This is not art lessons, but an opportunity to open to new ways of seeing. Have FUN! Give yourself the time, permission, and grace to create and make. This will be a NO judgment space, because what you create is unique to you. Questions? Contact Kenzie at 301-237-1520, kenzier@rcn.com

Previous Events

MOVING MINDFULLY INTO 2020

January 12, 2020

Guided meditations, individual reflections, and shared ritual invited us to remember and release 2019 and set our intentions for the coming year, led by Terri Lynn Simpson, retreat director for the National Cathedral.


DRUMMING THE HEARTBEAT OF GOD

November 6, 2019

Renowned drummer Katy Gaughan led a form of contemplative prayer that invites us to listen and play the drums, experiencing the One pulse that gives rise to all the rhythms of life. 


STILL SATURDAY

March 23, 2019

The Still Wednesday team offered an full afternoon workshop with centering prayer, a labyrinth, art-making, lectio divina, reflection, and fellowship for all those interested in seeing what a deeper, calmer prayer experience could feel like.


ART JOURNALING

Jan 5 - Feb 9, 2019

A 6-week series of informal gatherings for contemplative prayer and reflective art journaling in the Chatfield home on Saturday mornings.


LABYRITH WALK

January 9, 2019

By simply following the path laid out on the floor, we are led to the center and back out again. By walking one step at a time along the calming pattern, we give the body and mind space for meditation or prayer. It’s a way of praying with the body that invites God into an active conversation with the heart and soul.


STILL WEEKEND

October 19-21, 2018

Dayspring Silent Retreat Center, Germantown MD

Still Weekend at the Dayspring Silent Retreat Center in Germantown MD allowed those in attendance to explore 200+ acres of forest and meadow, walk the labyrinth, use materials for creative expression, share meals peacefully, or simply be still without a cloud of daily noise. 


Come, come whoever you are,

wanderer worshiper, lover of leaving--it doesn't matter.

Ours is no caravan for despair.

Come even if you have broken your vows a thousand times.

Come, once again come.

                                                                                                                                           - Jalal al-Din Rumi, 13th Century Poet and Sufi Mystic



Wherever you are in the journey, candlelight meditation and exhalation await.