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


St Bede’s Pastoral Centre, York YO24 1AQ
Centering Prayer Open Bi-monthly Quiet Mornings: 10.15am – 1.00pm. 
Dates: 2019: 30/10, 4/12; 2020: 5/02, 29/04, 24/06.
A half day with with two times of Centering Prayer, and shared reflection on material from the Centering Prayer tradition. Tea/coffee provided. Followed by optional informal lunch & book news at Bar Convent Cafe.
Contact: Bede Centre 01904 464900 or

For further information contact Rev’d Mel King Tel: 07938 054338; email or Paula Watson tel: 01904 639909.

Lovers of Silence: Contemplative Prayer monthly drop-in, 2nd Monday of the month. 5.30 - 6.15pm in St. Bede's Chapel.
Dates: 2019: 14/10, 11/11, 4/12; 2020: 13/01, 10/02, 9/03, 11/05, 8/06, 13/07.


St. Mark's Church, Leeds Road, Harrogate HG2 8AY
A regular Centering Prayer group meets monthly on a Saturday morning. For dates and information please contact us by email. We are currently offering the Introductory Follow-up Course on these dates: 29th February, 18th April, 23rd May, 20th June and 18th July 2020. Please get in touch if you are interested in coming along: email.

New to Centering Prayer? For anyone who would like to explore the Centering Prayer method, a brief overview is offered by arrangement at 5.15pm. To arrange, please call ahead: Bede Centre – tel: 01904 464900 or Paula Watson – tel: 01904 639909.


Liverpool Cathedral, St. James' Mount, L1 7AZ
Meets every Wednesday 6.00 - 7.15pm
Contact: Revd Mark Waters 07795 822193 for further details and how to access the room at the cathedral.