On June 17th Retreat House Chester popped up in Abbey Square - outside on the grass. On one of the most beautiful sunny days this year, we welcomed passers-by with the invitation to take a moment to join in with the simple activities on offer. There was the chance to take a few minutes for peace and quiet - and then note down, if they liked, what it was they had noticed in that time; some joined the mosaic activity, with concentric circles representing the ripple effect of the peace that can be found on retreat; some shared their reflections on how and where they find inspiration in Chester; and some enjoyed the fairtrade fudge and postcards to take away and put up at home... Special attention, however, went to Marmalade, the Retreat House cat, who had his first outing that day. Basking in the sun, he was a peaceful presence right in the middle of Abbey Square in the heat and the heart of the city. (We have to own up to the fact that he isn't real - but we love him just the same!)
Importantly, there was time for good conversation. Many shared an enthusiasm for opening up 10 / 11 Abbey Square again, commenting on what a shame it is that it stands empty, and saying how peaceful the square is, even though it is just off the town square. In the sun and the breeze, with people taking their time, it really was a special time and place to meet with others.
We'll be popping up again - with these activities and more - on Saturday 15th July, in the Cloister Room of the Cathedral as part of our weekend 'A Chester Retreat'. Please do pop by!