Thursday, 21 January 2016

They say...

The week got off to a good start (and a snowy one) as we were joined at AFC by the other Clergy and Congregations of COTHA - Churches on The Hill Amersham.  Sharon preached a brilliant sermon on the Wedding Feast at Cana!
From Monday to Wednesday the Baptist Union Retreat Group committee received the warmest of welcomes from Sarum College located on the Cathedral Green at Salisbury.  What a great place to be - for us it was a comfortable base to hold our meetings, for others in residence it was a place to go for their own conference or to take part in the various excellent courses Sarum provides.
Room with a View!!  It was in this room that we held the BURG Committee meetings - sometimes my mind wandered from the agenda (nothing unusual about that really!) as I looked out of the window.  We learnt that the tower at Salisbury is not strong enough to house bells - just the solitary chime of the hour bell.  Sad in a way to think that such a splendid building - at least on the outside - can't sing.  Must be a metaphor in there somewhere!
The sun shone during our time in Salisbury and on the second day we had a day of Silent Retreat ourselves - practising what we preach.  I read, wrote a journal and walked (I hope 'prayerfully') around this beautiful city - Tuesday felt like a real gift! Oh and the lemon drizzle cake in the Cathedral Refrectory was wonderful too!
Relaxing with members of The Baptist Union Retreat Group committee at the Red Lion! - an inspirational group to be around, committed and faithful to the idea of seeking God in all sorts of ways, especially in quiet prayer, retreats and Spiritual Direction.

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