What is Cursillo?

 

 

  • Cursillo is a method of supporting and encouraging our lives as Christians.
  • Cursillo (pronounced "kur-see-yo") is a Spanish word meaning a short course in Christianity.

WHAT DOES CURSILLO OFFER?

  • An opportunity to grow in faith.
  • A chance to know the love and grace of God and the joy of Christian fellowship.
  • A way of experiencing Christian community and helping one another in our spiritual journey and in active witness.
  • An opportunity to develop one's gifts of ministry in the Church.
  • It embraces the insights and good teaching of all the traditions of the Anglican Church.
  • It operates within the Church and not outside it, so it works together with groups and organisations in a parish.

WHO IS IT FOR?

  • Any baptised member of the Anglican Church (laity or clergy) who is.

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  • Many married couples have found it helpful to attend a Cursillo weekend together, but if this is not possible they should not be discouraged from attending separate weekends.

WHAT IS A CURSILLO WEEKEND?

  • It begins on a Thursday evening and ends the Sunday afternoon.
  • During these three days those attending live, work and worship together listening to talks given by different people, both lay and ordained, and they share in various social activities.
  • You will hear short talks on subjects like Grace, Faith, Study, Sacraments, Ideals, Evangelism, Christian Community in Action. There are 15 talks in all.
  • The talks usually lead to lively follow-up in small groups.
  • In addition, there is Holy Communion each day and a number of chapel meditations.
  • Learning, praying, sharing, singing, laughing and living together is the basis for discovering what it means to say "We are the body of Christ".
  • From all this you will realise that Cursillo is very different from a silent retreat - it is often described as more of an advance!

HOW SHOULD I APPROACH A CURSILLO WEEKEND?

  • There is no specific response expected of you - just to be open to what happens.
  • Be prepared simply to take a fresh look at what the Church has always taught - the miraculous and joyful discovery of Christ's endless, unconditional love for us.

AND THEN...?

  • The three days are not an end in themselves but very much a beginning. The three-day weekend leads into the............

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