Plans have been approved to convert the area in the photograph, which is located
at the intersection of the four paths in the 1928 churchyard, into a quiet
seated sanctuary. This will involve the removal of the old bench and replace it
with four contoured benches on concrete bases around the tree stump. A crown
made of either sweet chestnut or cedar with a prayer carved into it will be
attached to the top of the tree stump. There will also be two signs to guide
people to the Sanctuary from the car park and from the 1928 churchyard lychgate.
Planned primarily as a quiet, tranquil place for prayer, reflection and
remembrance the Sanctuary will also be an important place to raise the awareness
and importance of sacred places within the local community by encouraging its
use for community events involving music, storytelling, folklore, poetry,
writing, reading, art and photography to name a few.
Due to its location and the abundance of wildlife surrounding it the Sanctuary
will be a place where people can come to sit quietly and connect with the
natural world receiving all of the associated health and wellbeing benefits.
“The Pilgrim course is a journey to the heart of God and to a living,
personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” The Archbishops of Canterbury and
Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of
England. It aims to help every local church create a place where people can
explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day.
For more information
We are intending to have at least one of the pilgrim courses running somewhere
within the Mission Community at all times and would also be very willing to
facilitate a new group at any time too. Anyone who is interested can contact
Revd Steve Cook, Revd Adrian Brook or Revd Ruth Hansford to find out more about
pilgrim and what's going on at any particular time.