Tony is a retired Anglican priest, occasional preacher and pastor.…
First published in Pause – Pentecost 2019, this version is slightly longer, including the activities used.
In February half-term Cathy Davie, host of Mossrigg Quiet Garden in W. Yorkshire, opened her garden to run ‘Found space’.
The idea was to provide a mix of active and quiet, indoor and outdoor activities exploring, reflecting and responding to creation. A journey of discovery for all ages and stages of life and belief.
Cathy planned a structured programme including time to talk, time to be silent, time to be and time to do. Most people that came had never attended similar events and the feedback was great:
“It has been wonderful to slow down and take a moment to contemplate nature and God… My daughters aged 5 and 7 are learning about being more ‘mindful’ at school and the quiet garden builds on this and allows them to practice,” said Aurelie.
Whilst Amber, aged 11, reflected that it, “was a really nice idea… I liked how everyone worked together and enjoyed themselves. I liked how you could walk/sit around and think about your feelings.”
Cathy found providing something for all ages worked really well, with parents also getting something for themselves and providing an introduction to the idea of taking ‘a quiet day’. Everyone was responsive to the challenge of keeping silent for a short time, and it was great to share some thoughts and findings in the group time to encourage and inspire one another.
Cathy reflected on the impact of Found Space:
‘It’s as if various seeds of mission and discipleship such as Found Space held in Mossrigg Quiet Garden are germinating here in Holmbridge. A community of soul friends has been established by Rev Nick Heaton and a group of us from St Davids to share 5 waymarks for making space in our lives for a realistic, healthy and whole person way. This provides a vehicle for God to scatter many seeds including Found Space.’
Below is the format and exercises used – you can also download this as a PDF:Found Space Half Term programme