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Quiet days for prayer and reflection are held regularly at the the Chapel in conjunction with the Othona Community.
A Report by Jenny Andrews on the Quiet Day held on Tuesday 4th June
In the Steps of Cedd
A day walking in the footsteps of St Cedd, who brought the Good News to the East Saxons in the 7th century, attracted more than 30 pilgrims to his chapel at Bradwell. The day of prayer, worship, reflection and silence, was the first to be organised by the Revd Brigid Main since her appointment as chaplain of St Peter's on the Wall. And what a day it was.
It began with most of us enjoying coffee in the sunshine at the sheltered Othona ommunity, escaping from a cool wind off the sea.
Brigid led us all across the wild meadow to the chapel for opening worship which was followed by her lovely voice exploring the history of the chapel and St Cedd. We then were encouraged to enjoy and use time in silence to meet God in his creation. Some hardy souls used this time to walk along the sea wall in the wind and on the beach with the gently lapping incoming tide. Others stayed in the chapel while some of us returned to the shelter of the Othona to bask in the sun to reflect on what we had heard or what was in our hearts and minds.
A prayer walk began outside the chapel, where we spent a short while alert to God's presence, before setting off blessing the ground as we trod, "O God, bless the earth beneath my feet; O God, let the earth bless me".
On the sea wall, we paused to think about our senses of touch, taste and smell before moving on to stop again at Walter Linnet's Cottage in the bird sanctuary (Walter was the last wildfowler in Bradwell). Here we thanked God of the past, the present and the future, God of time, God of eternity and God of the saints. By the trees, we stopped to listen to the sounds around us - nothing but the wind bustling the trees, the sea and the birds .
Returning to the chapel, we asked the Lord to be with us through the day and to keep us in the presence, the power and the peace of God. Lunch was a time for talking with old and new friends and was followed a time of reflection and silence, seeking to improve our conscious contact with God, before closing worship ended a wonderfully spiritual and warmly embracing day.
Thanks to Brigid, and to Laurie for his music, and let's hope this was just the first of many such days.
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