Launde Abbey was the setting for the very successful WF Fellowship Retreat held in Lent, and the tranquil setting of this was enhanced with the glorious weather. 31 members attended this; sadly last minute positive Covid results stopped more joining. The Reverend Julian Heaton was the Retreat leader and led sessions exploring “Recognising the stranger” in relation to neighbours, homeless, ourselves and God. There was plenty of thought provoking and challenging aspects to reflect on, and a bible extract to relate to. Each session also involved time alone to walk in the extensive gardens or grounds, sit in the tranquil places bathed in sunshine, find a seat under the stunning mature trees or just rest a while. The group shared 4 church services, 2 of which were led by the ministry team at Launde Abbey. Sitting in the beautiful medieval chapel with the morning sun rising and shining through the stain glass windows enhanced the calming and welcoming atmosphere .
The opportunity to catch up with old friends or meet new ones, the fellowship shared, and the special time spent together always makes these retreats another enjoyable, although often exhausting, event.