Guided Practice Groups: Learn, Practice, and Connect with Companionship + Guidance
Guided Practice Groups: Learn, Practice, and Connect with Companionship + Guidance
Guided Practice Groups: Learn, Practice, and Connect with Companionship + Guidance
Guided Practice Groups: Learn, Practice, and Connect with Companionship + Guidance

Guided Practice Groups: Learn, Practice, and Connect with Companionship + Guidance

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Learn, practice, and connect in the company of others—and find companionship and guidance along the way—with our guided practice groups for Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, and Weekly Examen. 

Each guided practice group will meet once a week for one hour via Zoom for four weeks. Sessions will include an introduction and teaching for any who may be new to each practice (or who would appreciate a refresher or a new perspective). The center portion of each session will be spent in practice together. The last part of our time together each week will be set aside for questions, answers, and further connection. Participants will receive an email each week with a Zoom link to join the group.

No experience is needed to join a guided practice group. Beginners and long-time practitioners alike will benefit from the intentional time spent in shared practice. (Which was confirmed by our first cohort going through it!)

Choose your guided practice group:

  • Centering Prayer - Centering prayer is a practice of meeting and surrendering to God in silence. While silent prayer can feel intimidating, elusive, or idealistic, Jenn hopes to share how (and why) she has fit centering prayer into many seasons of life over the last 13 years and how it beautifully accompanies other forms of prayer. This group will be guided by Jenn Giles Kemper, a spiritual director and the founder of Sacred Ordinary Days.

  • Lectio Divina - Lectio divina (literally translated as divine reading) is an ancient practice of engaging with a sacred text through reading, meditation, prayer, and contemplation. Each week this group will explore a pair of scripture passages from the Revised Common Lectionary. The practice involves reading scripture slowly and prayerfully, paying special attention to words and phrases that capture the imagination, and learning to recognize these as opportunities for prayer. Brooke Reich will serve as the group’s guide and long-time practitioner.

  • Weekly Examen - The prayer of examen is a centuries-old practice that invites us to reflect on our days prayerfully in the presence of God. Rather than a formula to memorize, it is a form of prayer based on a series of five movements drawing you through presence, reflection, awareness, faithfulness, and ultimately, hopeful action. Led by Jenn Giles Kemper, this group will cultivate an awareness of God's work in our daily lives.

Group Length: 4 weeks

September guided practice groups:

  • Centering Prayer: Tuesdays at 8:00 pm CT | September 14 - October 5, 2021
  • September Lectio Divina: Tuesdays at 12:00 pm CT | September 14 - October 5, 2021
  • September Weekly Examen: Tuesdays at 9:00 am CT | September 14 - October 5, 2021

Weekly Group Sessions: small groups meet for one hour each week via Zoom for four weeks with links delivered weekly through email.


    ABOUT YOUR GUIDES 

    Jenn Giles Kemper is the founder and the heart behind Sacred Ordinary Days, which exists to help people grow in Christ-likeness—and help the church come together—through holistic Christian spiritual formation. Jenn’s background in ministry and spiritual direction, her love of connecting people, and her desire for beautiful, useful, theologically robust resources for spiritual formation drive her to create. What results are tools rooted in ancient practices and rhythms but translated with a clean aesthetic and accessible language, like the Sacred Ordinary Days Planner.

    Brooke Reich is a mentor, strategist, recovering know-it-all, and unrepentant bookworm. She serves as COO and right-hand woman at Sacred Ordinary Days. Brooke is obsessed with stories—especially the stories of God at work in our everyday, messy, beautiful lives. And while she tends to stay behind the scenes, she’s a gifted and trusted leader of people and processes who loves nature, good food, and the simple comforts of a quiet life.

    ABOUT SACRED ORDINARY DAYS

    Sacred Ordinary Days offers a fresh approach, holistic tools, and time-honored resources to help people grow in Christ-likeness—and help the church come together—through intentional Christian spiritual formation.

    We create tools rooted in ancient practices and rhythms but translated with a clean aesthetic, and accessible language. We create courses to help you learn, practice, and connect with kindred spirits. We curate resources that help you fill out your toolkit. Ultimately, we believe that helping people grow in Christlikeness will build the church and, in turn, the kingdom. The building blocks are sacred, ordinary days.

    What types of shipping services do you offer?

    We are thrilled to ship to the US and around the world. We offer Media Mail and Priority Mail via the United States Postal Service and other similar services. All orders are processed in the order they were received. All USPS shipping fees are based on our costs to ship to you and may shift ever-so-slightly from day-to-day, as they update in real time. 

    First Class International shipping prices range from $25-$40 USD and depend on the destination. International customers may also be charged an additional tariff fee when retrieving their packages from post offices. We are unable to include it in the cost of your item and shipping currently. We understand international shipping is a bit more expensive. We hope to have more international options as our volume increases, but in the meantime placing a group order with your friends will reduce the international cost and give you a group discount!

    How quickly will my order ship?

    Digital products are automatically sent by email shortly after you place your order. Physical products are shipped from our warehouse in Waco, TX every weekday afternoon. You'll receive an email with tracking information when your order is shipped.

    Can I change my shipping address, email or payment info?

    Because our orders ship daily, we may not be able to change your information before your order is processed and shipped. For that reason, please verify your shipping address at checkout before submitting your order. If you find an error, contact us as soon as possible and we will try our hardest to make corrections before the order goes out. We try to check email for any shipping-related updates before printing labels.

    What is your return policy?

    We do our best to describe and depict each product with great care and detail. For that reason we created the FREE Essentials Workbook to give you a closer look at the design of our planner. The Essentials Workbook will help you evaluate if our product is a good fit for you before you spend any money. You can often purchase digital sample months of the planners to try before you buy. Our planner isn't a perfect fit for everyone, though. We haven't set out to be. It's not possible! That said, let us know if you find an issue and we will do our best to make it right.

    If your physical product is damaged or defective, or you receive the wrong product, please contact us with your name, order number, and nature of the issue at hello@sacredordinarydays.com and we will address your concern as quickly as possible.

    Customer Reviews

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    Toni Gatlin (Austin, US)
    Examen course

    The Weekly Examen guided course was a delight and a treasure trove of spiritual wisdom. Jenn is a skilled and gracious facilitator and mentor, and hosting the course in an online group setting made it feel like joining a circle of friends each week. I looked forward every Thursday to the scheduled meetings; the weekly structure helped me stay on track with incorporating the practice as a regular part of my weekly rhythm. The month-long format is accessible even for busy people but the teaching is still impactful enough to help form new habits in a short span of time. I can't say enough good things about SOD and the courses I have taken, and I recommend this one to anyone who is curious about making the prayer of examen a part of their spiritual practice.

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    Ann Conover (Germantown, US)
    Weekly Examen

    I enjoyed the Weekly Examen course. Although there is no "right" way to practice the Examen, it was helpful to be led through the practice to get a feel for the pace. On my own I feel like I either rush through, or belabor the movements and find frustration instead of peace and clarity. It's key to remember that the practice is about reflection. The practice is not undertaken in order to catalog the ways you may have fallen short in your devotion and service to God; the practice is undertaken to notice and see where God is and to see where you are and to see that God sees you and knows where you are. And He loves you exactly there.
    I feel like the "class" size was appropriate. If there were a way to defy the laws of physics, it would have been great to have the opportunity to meet IRL. As that did not happen, the Zoom option was good.

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    Heidi C (Longmont, US)
    Centering Prayer Group

    I am so glad that I joined the Centering Prayer group. I was brand new to Centering Prayer, and it was a great experience to learn this practice in a guided group alongside others who were both new and others who have been practicing for a long time. I enjoyed the community aspect of it, but also appreciated the set aside time for prayer. There was good conversation with time to ask questions and hear answers both from Jenn and from others in the group. I can see fruits of Centering Prayer in my life and I am enjoying the time resting and being in God's presence, and it is something I will continue to practice and learn about. I'm 100% thankful to have had the opportunity to be a part of this group.

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    Anita Smith (Gainesville, US)
    Centering Prayer Guided Practice

    My experience with this group was a 5 star experience I have been practicing CP for a few years, and wanted to be with others who are both starting out and experienced. Our group was a great mix of different people on the same journey. From time to time I wondered if I could “do” CP “better”, so I signed up for the guided practice. Good call on my part.
    I learned new tools, and the responses of group members during our reflection time helped me grow in my own CP experience. Jen’s prompts for reflection produced insightful comments from the participant that really affirmed and stimulated my spiritual formation.