Sunday, 4 December 2011

The Difference a Day Can Make ….

St Cuthman's from the other side of the lake
 At the beginning of the year St Cuthman's, the Diocesan Retreat Centre set themselves a goal of doubling the number of ‘Quiet Day’ guests and as they approach Christmas their target has been exceed. They are pleased that a significant number have come from this Diocese of Arundel & Brighton.

It has taken some time to get the word out that we can welcome non-residential day guests, coming individually or as a small group of up to eight people, across the year. Feedback has been very positive with each guest having the freedom to use their time as they wish, but supported by a peaceful atmosphere and the option to join us for Morning Prayer, and/or Mass. During the summer most day visitors spend a lot of time sitting or walking in the grounds and in the winter spend time in the Library, or just sitting by the log fires. Having a home cooked two course lunch, using some of their own produce, is a highlight for many.

Below are a few examples of the comments they have received:
“This was such a treat – a breathing space in a busy life, a step aside to help put things into perspective, and a spiritual rest for a flagging spirit. I came prepared to pray for everyone and everything, and realised that I just needed and could be still, and think about my own self and what I needed to stay close to God.” (Aug 11)

“Having recently been bereaved, and needing a place of peace and spirituality to help me acknowledge my loss, I found that here at St Cuthman’s and look forward to visiting again.” (March 11)

“Coming for just a day is a real blessing for those of us with limited time and budget. It is a good way that new converts to ‘silence and solitude’ may gently ‘dip their toe in the water’. (June 11)

These ‘Quiet Days’ are now firmly established as part of what they offer at St Cuthman’s and their hope is that the numbers will continue to increase in the coming year. For just £25, including refreshments, a two course lunch and afternoon tea, and access to our house, chapel and grounds, this is value for money and a small price to pay for the opportunity to spend some quality time with God.

St Cuthman's currently has two speciallly arranged 'Quiet Days' arranged for Advent on 14 and 15 December. For more information click here

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