THE SANCTUARY UPDATE
On Wednesday 27th June 2018 the contoured benches were
put into place around the tree stump and prayer completing the Sanctuary Project
at All Saints Church coinciding with the All Saints Flower Festival the
It is encouraging that the Sanctuary has received a lot
of positive feedback despite the Sanctuary looking new and unnatural and the
grass brown and trampled. When the grass has regrown to its previous verdant
self, the bases have lost their white glare and the benches have toned down the
Sanctuary will blend in more with the natural setting of the churchyard and
Now the Sanctuary is open to all for prayer,
contemplation and remembrance. Also due to its quiet and natural setting people
can sit and connect with the natural world benefitting their health and
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.
BIBLICAL HERB GARDEN
A Biblical Herb Garden located on the south side of All Saints Church is also
being planned. With more than 125 plants, trees and herbs being mentioned in the
bible most of which are suited to hot, arid growing conditions. The herbs
planned to be grown in the garden at All Saints will include Basil, Chives,
Dill, Lemon Balm, Coriander, Marjoram, Mint, Rosemary, Sage and Thyme along with
others that are more suited to the UK climate. Lavender will be used as a border
plant. As well as being available for human use a lot of herbs along with the
lavender are excellent sources of food for bees and other endangered
For the Sanctuary and the Biblical Herb Garden various sources of funding are
being explored one of which is personal contributions and sponsorship. This will
enable people to make a personal contribution towards the Sanctuary or sponsor
individual herbs in memory of a loved one. Although the Sanctuary is not
designed to be a memorial garden recognition of all personal contributions and a
list of those remembered, if required, will be displayed in the church porch.
For sponsors of the Herb Garden a list of the herb sponsored and the name of
those remembered, again if required, will also be displayed in the church porch.
For more information of the projects or if you want to
make a personal contribution towards the Sanctuary or the Biblical Herb Garden
please contact David Back on 07713459189 or email
All Saints Living Churchyards Project is part of the Exeter Diocese Devon
Living Churchyards Project.