Welcome to Contemplative Outreach North

Work on Centering Prayer initiatives in the northern counties is in a stage of development. We currently have two regional coordinators – Revd. Mel King for Yorkshire and the North East, and Revd. Mark Waters for Merseyside and the North West.

We aim to support a growing interest in Centering prayer and associated prayer groups in the North by offering Introductory Days, Quiet Days and Retreats, which you can find on this website, along with pointers to resources. We will endeavour to respond to enquiries as best we are able with the resources we have at present. We look forward to hearing from you.

Introductory Days

An Introductory Day will give a foundation in the practice and the conceptual background of Centering Prayer, to support you as you begin. If you would like to know more or participate in regular practice with a group we offer an optional follow up of six further sessions. These 90-minute gatherings provide an opportunity to be in silence, then watch and discuss a DVD or material from a book. Getting together with others is a powerful way of encouraging and developing our own practice. We will be happy to respond to requests for support as much as our resources allow. So please get in touch with either of us if you would like to organise an event in your particular area:

Revd Mark Waters: Mob. 07795 822193; email.
Revd Mel King: Mob. 07938 054338; email.

Centering Prayer Meetings

North Yorkshire

Northallerton, North Yorkshire

Meets monthly on Wednesdays, 6.30-8.00pm
Contact: Rev’d Mel King 07938 054338; email

Great Ayton, North Yorkshire

Meets weekly: Wednesdays, 4.00pm – 4.45pm
Contact: Ann Browne; email for venue details


St Bede’s Pastoral Centre, York YO24 1AQ
CP 1 meets on Tuesdays, bi-weekly: 2.00pm – 3.45pm
Suitable for anyone practising centering prayer or wanting to begin.
Contact: Bede Centre 01904 464900
CP 2 meets monthly on Wednesdays, for a half-day: 10.30am-1.00pm
Suited to those who have 2 years of centering prayer experience.
Contact: Rev’d Mel King Tel: 07938 054338; email.