Quaker Week 2018 ‘Room for More’ September 29th to October 7th
October Wednesday 3rd, 10am - 3.30pm A retreat day in association with the Quiet Garden Movement. 'Embracing Stillness and Awakening the Senses in the Garden' A gentle and peaceful day, where we will spend as much time as possible in the garden, weather permitting, opening our senses to appreciate its autumn beauties. Simple guided visualisations will focus us on our senses and help us to relax and be fully present. There will be plenty of opportunity for quiet reflection and drawing/writing materials will be available as an option. We do hope you’ll be able to come and immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquillity of the Blue Idol garden in Autumn! Bring lunch to share, tea and coffee provided. There is no charge, but donations to the Blue Idol would be welcome. For reasons of space and comfort, there will be a maximum of 10 participants. For more information or to book a place, please email Sara at firstname.lastname@example.org or John 0776715583.
October Friday 5th, 12.30 - 4pm This open day with talk will begin with a bring and share lunch at 12.30. A talk by Harvey Gillman will begin at 2pm, discussing inclusivity within Quakerism. There will be time to ask questions, explore the buildings, garden and exhibition about Quaker history in the barn. All are welcome. Booking is preferred due to limited spaces, click here for further information and to book.
A synopsis of the talk Harvey will give: The spiritual life is about hospitality. It begins with the self - that of God within; it extends to that of God in the neighbour - that of God between; it embraces the planet - that of God in all things. Quakers wish to be an inclusive society but what exactly does that mean for a religious community? We think we are welcoming, but can we be off-putting? Does including everyone and everything mean that we lose our distinctiveness and fear conflict and muffle our message? And what is our message?
2019 During 2019, from April until October, we will be holding a number of events with each month themed on a Quaker value. These events will be for the local community, from young to old. We will be working alongside 2019 Horsham Year of Culture, for which the Blue Idol has been chosen as a 'Hidden Gem'. More information to come.
Events will be updated here throughout the year and also will be posted on our Facebook page.
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