Due to Covid restrictions, the Small Pilgrims Place at the Peterborough Quaker Meeting House had to be closed to the public during the times of lockdown in 2020 and so they were only able to offer a few of their monthly Quiet Mornings during that year. However, at the beginning of 2021, the planning group for the garden decided to try an experiment and offer Quiet Mornings on-line for people to attend in their own homes. It was agreed that the existing format could still work well but that the information sheets containing the thoughts and quotes the leader intended to use should be sent out via email to possible attendees a few days prior to the Quiet Morning to download beforehand. Two experimental zoom on-line Quiet Mornings were held in January and February and were greatly appreciated by those who came. "A touch of normality again" commented someone!
It was therefore decided to continue to hold these on-line Quiet mornings until such time as restrictions are ended and we can meet together again in person. (The garden itself is now open to visitors again on the understanding that visitors adhere to the Covid restrictions in place at the time of visiting). As the Quiet mornings are held on-line via zoom, the invitation is extended to anyone who would like to join wherever they live! So if you are reading this and would like to do so, please contact Steven Wales at email@example.com and he will send you the information for the upcoming Quiet morning a few days before the day of the meeting. The Quiet mornings are always held on the 2nd Friday of the month starting at 10am and finishing at about 12.30. so please contact him a week before the upcoming meeting.
The themes for the Quiet mornings draw on the Quaker heritage, but not exclusively so, and endeavour to make sure that people from other church denominations and other faith traditions can feel able to participate fully in what is being offered. The leaders of the Quiet Mornings are sometimes from other traditions and this adds a richness to what is offered. The titles for the mornings held on January and February respectively were "Living Simply" and "Living Adventurously" and they will continue to explore this range of what it means to live out our faith throughout the year with titles such as "Living Peacefully", "Living Humbly", "Living Sustainably", "Living Equally", "Living Justly", "Living Faithfully", "Living Gratefully", "Living Truthfully", "Living Courageously", "Living with Integrity" or others as the Spirit moves!
If you feel you might join in the "Living out our faith series" during the Quiet Mornings you would be warmly welcome.
A still pool of quiet in a restless city, with a large, beautiful and peaceful garden. The Meeting House and its garden are an oasis of tranquillity. Parts of the garden symbolise the Quaker testimonies of Peace, Truth, Equality, Simplicity and Sustainability. The garden's labyrinth offers the opportunity for prayerful walking and contemplation.
Standard opening times:
The garden may be visited at any time. (Please note that any group using the Meeting House has the use of the garden, so please respect their privacy.) Contact the hospitaller for details of events and opening times of the Meeting House.
There is a Quiet Morning on the second Friday of every month from 10 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. when after a time of welcome and coffee there is a short guided meditation leading into a period of silent private contemplation, with opportunities to read, write, draw and walk in the garden. The morning ends by gathering for a period of shared reflection and a light lunch.
There is a programme of events during the year which anyone is welcome to attend - details in the ‘Garden’ section of the website (see below).
A Garden Pilgrimage will be held on Saturday 31st August from 10-4 pm - A day for quiet reflection making a contemplative journey around the large Meeting House Garden, exploring on the way the Quaker testimonies to Simplicity, Equality, Peace, Truth and Sustainability. There will be time to share thoughts, create a memento of the day and to see an exhibition of photos showing the garden throughout the year.
Hot and cold drinks will be provided - bring your own packed lunch. NO CHARGE - donations for the upkeep of the garden are welcome. BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01733-756446
21 Thorpe Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE3 6AB, United Kingdom
Travel directions: Grid reference TL185985
By car: In Thorpe Road, Peterborough (beside Crescent Bridge). There is a small car park to the front of the building
By public transport: Citibus 2 and 4 stop nearby. It is a short walk from both the rail and bus stations.
The Garden and Meeting House have level access. There is a disabled toilet in the Meeting House. Light refreshments are available at listed events. Quiet days etc. as listed above, and for individuals or groups by arrangement. A hospitaller is always available on days of listed events.
Friends Meeting House
21 Thorpe Road
Tel: 01733 345743