Welcome to my Homepage!
My name is Christine Barnabas and I recently relocated from London to County Durham. If you had told me this at the beginning of the year, I am not sure I would have believed you! This journey started, quite unexpectedly, in the middle of February, when my very friendly landlord had to give me notice to leave my flat of 10 years. As this came on what was the first day of a staged Sabbatical, I could not help but wonder whether there might be more to it. It was not easy getting to terms with what was extremely unsettling, and I told God that I needed clear guidance as to what next. All I could do was take one step at a time, returning to trust that somehow God would make clear the way. This often was with tears! In March, an unexpected connection to County Durham came up and I spent 10 days in the County in April, to explore the land. Then, the provision of an interim home came as another confirmation that I was heading 'in the right direction', just when I needed it.
I am beginning to settle and feel very blessed by the spaciousness around me, the beauty of the dales, seaside and villages and towns. It is a different world up here, and the climate certainly is different, too, but there is treasure waiting to be discovered, both in the land and in the heritage of the Celtic Saints who walked and shaped this land.
I continue with my work as Spiritual Director, offering ongoing accompaniment or Individually Guided Retreats (IGRs).
Are you seeking a safe space to share about your relationship with God? An opportunity to explore where you are at on your spiritual journey? I have found that regularly meeting with someone who listens to me and holds my story has helped me to grow in trust and discover more about myself and the God I want to live with.
I offer accompaniment in person (when Covid regulations allow), or via Zoom/Skype/FaceTime/What'sApp/phone/e-mail.
Read how journeying with St. Eata spoke to me over Easter, as the Northumbria Community contemplated his life. "Lord, call out in me a willingness to love and serve".