The Lydia Group is a coalition of individuals and organizations that provide retreats and resources that inspire growth and change lives. We invite you to see with new eyes, challenge your limitations, deepen your spiritual roots and live out your passion. The common desire for divine transformation unites this ecumenical network.



Welcome, welcome!

We’re glad you are visiting our website. The Lydia Group exist to accompany, equip and support you on your spiritual journey. Perhaps one of the offerings on this site will assist you. Enjoy your visual journey through the website –– then plan to participate as the Spirit draws you. Know that your presence with us is truly welcomed and cherished.

Current Offerings

Welcoming PrayerMonday, March 27 • 10:00am -3:00pm • The Chapel of Davidson United Methodist Church
WELCOMING PRAYER ~ an Introductory Workshop
The Welcoming Prayer is an active practice for use in conflicted situations in everyday life: a quarrel with a loved one, a hostile action from a co-worker, and on. When our feathers are ruffled, our buttons pushed, or an upset occurs, the Welcoming Prayer is a way of releasing, rather than stuffing or acting out, afflictive emotions. We welcome God’s presence and action in the present tumultuous moment. Some of the many fruits of this simple practice are interior freedom, peace and joy regardless of outward circumstances. The practice also helps us wakeup and become aware of what trips us up, stirs us up, and keeps us stuck. Over time the Holy Spirit, with our cooperation, enables us to respond from a stance of freedom rather than fear. Doesn’t that sound good?

REGISTER at All are welcome. Questions? Reach out to Ann at

Lectio DivinaMonday, March 20 • 10:00-11:30 am  and/or 6:30-8:00 pm (duplicate sessions) • DUMC Room 222
LECTIO DIVINA ~ a method of praying the sacred scriptures
Newcomer & Refresher Offering 
Lectio Divina (meaning divine reading) is a participatory, active practice that uses thoughts, images and insights to enter into a conversation with God.  Join us for this brief introductory class as a way to pray the sacred scriptures. 
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*FULL Class The 8th cohort of School of the Spirit begins May of 2017.
The School of the Spirit now has their own website. Click here
Limited to 24 clergy/leaders.
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Knocking on Heaven's DoorFirst Sunday Gathering • 9:30 am • DUMC Chapel
Contemplative Ways of Opening to the Holy
You are invited to join us for our First Sunday Gatherings in the Chapel of Davidson United Methodist Church. This year’s theme is THE DEEPER JOURNEY. Each session stands alone so come as you are able. 
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Fridays beginning February 3 through April 28  •  9:45-11:00 am  •  DUMC Room 206/208
Meeting God in Scripture
In addition to Davidson United Methodist’s adult education/formation classes and small groups, The Lectionary Project is another way to receive spiritual enrichment on a regular basis. We will begin with an “Informational Session” on Friday, February 3 so that you can discern if this is for you. There after, we’ll gather Friday mornings for lively, lectionary-based discussions that connect the sacred story in scripture to the stories happening in the world around us and in our own lives. Everyone seeking a fresh encounter with the Holy through the Word is invited! Ann Starrette and Carol Prescott will facilitate. 
To register for the Informational Session, contact Carol at
Walk-ins welcome. For childcare, contact the office one week prior to class at 704-892-8277.

Into the Desert 2017Mondays: May 15 •  August 21 • November 20  •  Starrette Farm Retreat
Nurturing a Different Wisdom 
Come away and experience a “cloistered” time from the outside world to increase your capacity to listen. The foremost attitude of an apprentice/disciple is to listen. Come as you are able.  Everyone seeking wisdom is invited! 
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Retreat House Rental To view farm, space and amenities click here: Starrette Farm Retreat Amenities Flyer. For a Complete Listing of Happenings at the Retreat House at Starrette Farm click here: 2017 Farm Calendar

Life, Leadership, and Executive Coach
Please visit Nicole Greer at

Spiritual Direction
For a working definition of “Spiritual Direction,” please refer to the website of Davidson United Methodist Church. Spiritual Direction questions or to set up an appointment, contact Ann at

Quiet Space Days
2nd Friday Monthly
Learn more and Register by clicking here: 2017 Quiet Space


Ann Starrette
Director of Spiritual Formation
Founder of The Lydia Group LLC
Staff at Davidson United Methodist Church, Davidson NC