Oh, if I could just have a bit of peace and quiet!

'He went up on a mountainside to pray'

There's no denying that life is often busier than we might like and it can be difficult to force ourselves to stop and be still. Sometimes it is best to distance ourselves from all distractions and take some time to be quiet, and to draw closer to God.

The busier we are, the more we need to make time with God a priority.

Through the Gospels, we see Jesus going to a solitary place or going up a mountain on his own to pray.

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Mark 1:35 (NIV) - read full chapter

After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.

Mark 6:46 (NIV) - read full chapter

Ways you can take time out this year

For years, BRF's Quiet Days and other events have been providing the space for people to learn, to encounter God and to re-energise themselves.

Quiet Days programme 2017

Quiet Days programme

In 2017 we have a variety of Quiet Days led by some familiar faces and some new.

From Ian Cowley's Quiet Day in June on the topic of contemplative ministry to Ellie Hart's exploration of finding hope in unexpected places in November, there are Quiet Days available throughout the year all over England.

View the full programme.

Women of Peace 2017

Women's conference - Leeds and Woking

Each year we work together with Woman Alive magazine to hold a women's conference.

In 2017 the conference will be held in two locations to enable more people to attend. You'll find sessions led by well-known speakers (including BRF authors) as well as the opportunity to worship together and receive individual prayer ministry.

Find out about Women of Peace.

I look up to the mountains. Does my strength come from the mountains? No. My strength comes from God, who made heaven and earth and the mountains.
from 'Shoulders' by for KING & COUNTRY (based on Psalm 121:1–3)

What could you do?


Even if you can't come to one of our events this year, here are some things you might be able to do:

  • Plan proactively to spend time with God this year – might it be worth booking the time into your diary?
  • Could you suggest or organise time away with your home group or church to spend time in worship and prayer? What would work best for your community – a day away, an evening meal or a Saturday breakfast?