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A possible new ministry for retreat houses?

23 May 2014


From Miss Primrose Peacock

Sir, - Retreats are probably all the things described in your recent features (16 May). They are appropriate for those people who can afford the time and money involved in participating, or who for whom they meet psychological or emotional needs.

From my experience, it would appear that the Anglican Church has overlooked the fact that, for many of its members, almost every day is a quiet day, and some days are more than quiet. Not everyone is capable or fit enough to go out do-gooding or can be involved in groups, religious or semi-social.

Last year, an elderly widower from a professional background commented during a retreat-house low-key charity tea: "It would be nice if this place hosted Sunday- afternoon meetings for church people who just wanted to have a pleasant chat and perhaps a cup of tea." The venue has a lovely garden, but is not on a bus route.

I passed his suggestion on to the the trustees at that time, and later reminded their new body, but there has been no response except that one member of a committee said that such an idea might "attract the wrong sort of people". I think she meant takers rather than givers. There is always a minority who can smell a cup of tea two miles away.

4 Crescent Rise, Truro TR1 3ER

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