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Mystical experience is given to some but contemplation is for all Christians'.  Arthur Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury 1961-1974

'Love is His meaning'  Julian of Norwich

The meaning is in the waiting'   R S Thomas

By Love He may be caught and held. By reason, never' Cloud of Unknowing

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Quiet Days

Many meetings organise a local quiet day. This can be a very good way to include your occasional visitors and any interested enquirers. They are not difficult to organise.  Usually the format is something like this:

  • Arrivals and refreshments
  • Introductions and the usual housekeeping notices as appropriate for the venue
  • Lead in to the first silence with a gathered silence.
  • Extended silence where people can 'do their own thing' as long as it is a quiet pursuit. Many people bring art or crafts.
  • Lunch - usually packed lunches or bring and share. May be silent.
  • Lead in to afternoon gathered silence.
  • Silence
  • Refreshments (usually a talkative, sociable time)
  • The day may be closed with a short time of shared prayer, such as evening prayer, or an agape (which is a sharing of bread and wine/grape juice with appropriate blessings). The Grace is often shared to close the meeting.
You will need to consider how to organise bookings, pay for any costs and how to charge. You can advertise your event on this website and have a facility for online registration and payment.

If you have questions about organising a quiet day or  if you want to put an event on the events page please contact our JM Co-ordinator. 

We also recommend reading our Safeguarding & Public Liability Insurance guidelines  If you wish to advertise your JM event in our newsletter or on our website you will need to send the form contained in the guidelines to the Safeguarding Officer.

See our Events Page for JM Quiet days/Retreats.

The Retreat Association has a variety of extremely helpful downloadable free leaflets

Beverley Meeting Annual Quiet Day at Wyedale 2015

4 photo(s) Updated on: 09 Aug 2017

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