SNU LogoKettering Spiritualist National Church

St. Peters Avenue, Kettering, NN16 0HD

Next Special Event:  Sat 2nd September - Workshop with Mark Dowler and Sue Tagholme (Psychic Drawing)

Spiritual Development

Murray Wright
Murray Wright
Beginners Circle Tutor
Dave Frost
Dave Frost
Development Circle Tutor
Pam Klemis
Pam Klemis
Development Circle Tutor

At Kettering Church we find an increasing number of people are interested in working more directly on their spiritual development. As a Spiritualist church, we believe all have the potential to develop spiritually and encourage our students to start their journey along a pathway of discovery in communicating with the spirit world, and to find and develop their individual talents. Our Circles teach the difference between spirit communication and psychic links, and sometimes use psychic exercises to help the student recognise the different types of link. A pure psychic will link in with a person's energies / aura and give a reading at this level, while some psychics are able to read along the time-line of a person's life to access events (or possible eventualities) in the future. A spiritual medium will link to a communicator in the spirit world and give information about the communicator via clairvoyance (clear seeing), clairaudience (clear hearing) and clairsentience (clear feeling / sensing). A medium will often use a combination of all three senses to pick up information but it can vary each time as results will depend on the method the communicator uses to get their message across and how strongly developed the medium is in that particular sense. It is the spirit communicator that provides the information about themselves, their lives and the life of the recipient of the message.

We have four circles, an "Awareness Circle" and three "Development Circles". The Awareness Circle is an "Open Circle" that does not require full church membership to attend. The "Awareness Circle" is to help people become aware of the energies around them, and allows questions and discussion with working mediums to give a better understanding of spiritualism, spiritual philosophy, and mediumship in general. This gives greater understanding to help decide whether or not to join a "Development Circle". The "Awareness Circle" is a forum to give better understanding only; there is no formal personal development or mediumistic work.

Our "Development Circles" are 'closed' circles and members are required to have membership of the church. As explained on our 'Membership' page this mainly relies upon regular attendance at the church over a period of time. Once a member for approximately 3 months (or at the discretion of the Committee), you can fill in a Circle Application Form. Applicants may have to wait a period of time to enter a Development Circle as we often have a waiting list, but we try to place you as soon as possible. Our "Development Circles" start with a beginners level circle, used to assess ability and identify in which direction people would like to develop their gift, then moving to one of two development circles that focus on personal development, working through to rostrum level for those who want to become mediums.

The beginner's circle works at a gentle pace, concentrating on the ability to work safely and to blend with each other and with spirit. After moving into a development circle, those who do not wish to become mediums have the opportunity to take their spiritual development as far as they wish to go, working with those developing their gift to a level that will allow them to serve churches as a medium.

For those who wish to develop professional mediumship skills, the training focuses on developing prayers, philosophy and mediumship to a standard where members can go out and work in other churches. There are opportunities for students who reach the required level to go out with working mediums. Our aim is to produce the highest quality mediums possible.

Placement of students is at the discretion and agreement of the circle leaders. Our closed circles are held on alternate Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Because many students move into the main "Development Circles" the "Awareness Circle" is held on an Ad Hoc basis when needed. Please check with the church notice boards and the "Special Events" page on the website for dates. Attendance for all circles costs £3 per session.

Kettering Church prides itself on its training in all aspects of Spiritualism and whilst we realise that not every student will become a working medium, we teach all students to approach their work with spirit with sincerity and professionalism. Our Circle members become very supportive of each other and whilst we do make sure everyone works hard, our Circles are friendly and uplifting gatherings.