Nativity Garden brings year-round prayer

Nativity Garden to inspire year-round prayer

A ‘Quiet Garden’ inspired by the Nativity has been opened at Plaxtol Rectory. With a vision to invite people from across the Diocese and beyond to come and experience it, the garden offers five prayer spaces that follow the journey to stable.

"This is not just for Christmas" says Revd Dr Peter Hayler, "but by taking the different themes offered by the Nativity account, we hope people will connect these with their own faith journey."

The garden is also officially part of the Quiet Garden Movement - an international movement that opens gardens and spaces so that people can come for quiet space just to ‘be’, to pray and to experience God in the beauty of his creation.

Donna Hayler, said that when the couple arrived in the parish 15 months ago, they inherited a garden and paddock that, for the most part, was overgrown and, in places felt like a wilderness:”

“Having never had a ‘proper’ garden before and certainly never seen ourselves as ‘gardeners’ it was easy to feel, and still feel, overwhelmed by the task of managing the garden.

“However, from early on we felt we had been given ‘land’ we were called to steward and use.  The first thing we did was to convert the stable into a Chapel and from there a vision for a Nativity Garden begun to emerge

“Our hope is that all those who come to the garden will find it a peaceful place and one where they can experience God’s presence and love.”

Four quiet days are now available for people to enjoy the garden through contemplative prayer - June 14th, July 14th, August 15th & September 15th (10am - 4pm)

Bookings can be made through donnahayler64@gmail.com or on 01732-811081. Admission is free, although donations are invited.

Find out more about the Quiet Garden movement here: www.quietgarden.org

 




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