“The quieter we become, the more we can hear.” – Rumi
As part of the parish’s continued exploration of what it means to be a Christ-centred community of welcome and hospitality, a group of parishioners has recently registered All Souls Clevedon as an affiliate of the Quiet Garden Movement.
The Quiet Garden Movement is a network of outdoor spaces and gardens spread across both rural and urban locations worldwide. These outdoor spaces are used for prayer, contemplation, stillness and rest for the spiritual, mental and physical well-being of individuals, groups and communities. The Quiet Garden Movement is committed to, and inspired by, its Christian roots. However, those involved in the Movement come from a variety of traditions and cultures, and access to outdoor spaces and gardens is available to individuals and communities of all faiths and none.
The group has chosen six pausing places across the All Souls site. At each, is a garden seat with a piece of poetry on which to reflect. The poetry will change with each season. A Sanctuary of Stillness will be available for the public to visit between the hours of 9am and 5pm daily. We offer this invitation to step out of the busyness of life and enjoy the beauty and stillness of our site. There is no need to book, though if you want to be sure your intended visit doesn’t clash with another event, email the Garden Host, Sue: firstname.lastname@example.org. The map below, indicating the position of each of the pausing places is posted in the noticeboard by the lychgate.