for Pilgrims & Staff of APC#32
encourage everyone who enters this web page to say a quick prayer for God's will
to be done at APC#32
who wish to pray for each individual attending can refer to our Pilgrim and Staff
#32 is scheduled for April 3-6, 2014.
Pilgrim and staff
applications are available here on the Cursillo page.
#32 Pilgrim List as of TBA and APC
#32 Staff List as of Feb 19, 2014. Mandatory
Training is Feb 28 and Mar. 1, 2014 at Christ Presbyterian 8450
Whispering Pines Daphne, AL 36526
#33 will be September 17-21, 2014
BANNER - Our prayer banner is now located on the national
prayer banner web site: www.prayerbanner.org
the site houses prayer banners for cursillo weekends all over the country. Please
add this site to your favorites. The site is very simple to use and you can request
a list of pilgrims and staff by completing the request form located at the bottom
of the banner for which you are taking a time.
ULTREYA- Sat. Feb 1, 2014 at 1st Presbyterian Bay Minette, AL 36507 251-937-7735
meeting at 10:30. Lunch at noon. Please bring your favorite entree and side dish.
is Sponsorship? Each person who attends a Cursillo weekend has a sponsor.
A sponsor is a person who has been through a Cursillo experience and is willing
to share that experience with another new Cursillo participant. The sponsorship
of a previous participant frees the current participant from any personal responsibilities
that might distract him or her while on the experience. Sponsorship also undergirds
each participant's 72-hour experience with prayer and other expressions of God's
Aim of Sponsorship: The aim of a sponsor should not be "to
get all my friends to go," to fill up the weekend, to fix people's problems,
or to reproduce one's own religious experience in others. Rather, the aim of the
sponsor is to bring spiritual revitalization to Christians who will, in turn,
bring new life and vision to the work of the church in the congregation, home,
workplace, and community. The aim of sponsorship is to build up the body of Christ.
Sponsors Responsibility: Sponsorship is an act of love
for God, for the participants of a Cursillo weekend, for the Cursillo Community,
and for the church. It is a demonstration of agape love. A sponsor will:
Pray for the participant's openness to God's call to discipleship.
an appointment with the participant (or participating couple) to discuss his or
her participation in Cursillo.
Invite the participant to take part in
Cursillo for the sake of a more vital relationship with Jesus Christ. The sponsor
shares his or her faith, explains the basic purpose, elements, and follow-up dimensions
of the weekend.
Ask the participant to make a commitment by filling
out a registration form. If the participant is married, the sponsor will speak
with both partners and encourage an equal commitment by both spouses.
Support the participant's Pilgrim experience through prayers and otherwise. The
sponsor will also support the participant's family by house-sitting, baby-sitting,
watering plants, picking up mail, feeding pets, or just checking in with a spouse
to see if any help or support is needed.
Encourage the participant in
his/her continued journey and take the participant to the 1st Cursillo Ultreya
after the weekend is over.
Help the participant re-enter his or her
church and consider ways to act out new commitment and enthusiasm.
a placemat 11 x 17, laminated, for their Pilgrim. Learning personal
things about the Pilgrim and using it on the placemat is encouraged. Nothing that
can cause embarrassment should be used. This must be at Beckwith prior to Thursday
afternoon of the Cursillo weekend.
Invite them to join a 4th Day group.
Stay in close contact and follow up with your sponsored Pilgrim for the next year
Encourage your participant to apply for a staff position.
the participant to consider becoming a sponsor by giving them a copy of this document.
to Become a Sponsor: In order to sponsor someone on a Cursillo
weekend, a person must first have been on a Cursillo weekend itself. A sponsor
should also be active in 4th Day group. Having been through the experience and
being engaged in ongoing spiritual formation through Fourth Day gives one perspective
on how to sponsor.
Beyond these requirements, the basic attitude of a sponsor
is one of prayerful discernment. This results in intentional acts of unconditional
love, or what is often termed "the first act of agape."
can be unwise or wise. Unwise sponsorship results from unbridled enthusiasm that
wants everyone to have the same experience. Sponsors with unbridled enthusiasm
approach anybody and everybody with the admonition that "you need to go on
a Cursillo weekend," and that open invitation is the primary (sometimes the
only) emphasis. This approach lacks discernment and will result in a burden for
the church. While the individual being sponsored may benefit, that individual
does not go back into the church to foster growth and renewal. The lack of commitment
at this point is contrary to the purpose of Cursillo.
Wise sponsorship is careful,
intentional, prayerful, and purposeful because it results from God's leading.
The pilgrims return to their churches and community renewed in their commitment
to be effective disciples."
Considerations in Inviting members to attend a Cursillo weekend: Cursillo
is designed to affect a specific, identifiable, and qualitative response in the
pilgrims. That response is to return to their various environments and there to
serve to reform those environments after the kingdom of God. It is a call to the
conscious and deliberate living of the Christian faith, seeking to make every
relationship, every situation, every experience an occasion for the manifestation
of Gods Kingdom according to the example of Jesus Christ.
not designed for a new Christian, but rather for one whose faith journey
has brought them to a point where they will take a leadership role in their churches
and out into the world. Inviting pilgrims with serious personal or health issues
takes away from the experience of the others and affects the direction of the
weekend. Cursillistas are asked to prayerfully consider their invitations and
are discouraged from inviting those needing professional health and guidance.
It is recommended that pilgrims be screened through the local pastor for appropriateness.
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