In 2023, we continue to offer a programme of Quiet Days at Ferrar House (using St John’s Church as well). These will be led by local ministers — not all ordained, and not all Anglican! Held on the 4th Friday of the month, from February to November, they offer a chance to step out of your regular routine to be with God in a variety of ways.
Quiet Days will run from 10am — 4pm, with coffee served from 9.30am. The cost of the days includes a simple soup lunch and afternoon tea. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day. The total cost for the day is £32. A booking form is included below.
22 February Ash Wednesday Quiet Day ‘Journeying with Christ’ (ref QD230222)
led by Canon Paul Hills, Etheldreda Ecumenical Canon emeritus of Ely Cathedral. Paul is a retired Baptist Regional Minister and tutors on the Cambridge Courses in Spiritual Direction
24 March Celebrating the Virgin Mary (ref QD230324)
Music and poetry about Mary, in preparation for the Feast of the Annunciation (Lady Day) on 25 March. Led by Canon Tim Alban Jones, Canon Pastor and Vice Dean of Peterborough Cathedral.
28 April (ref QD230428)
led by the Revd Catherine Wright
26 May ‘Catch the bird of heaven’ (ref QD230526)
A Quiet Day for Pentecost (28 May)
led by Canon Fiona Brampton, Chaplain to Little Gidding and Associate Priest in the North Leightonstone Benefice
23 June ‘Sitting by the well’ (ref QD230623) drawing on John 4:5–27
led by the Revd James Bamber, Superintendent Minister of the St Neots and Huntingdon Methodist Circuit. Day to day, he loves the people he shares home with, baking, and being with God. Listening is one of the gifts he treasures, and tries to practice.
28 July Martha, Mary and Lazarus, Companions of our Lord (ref QD230728)
Their feast day falls on 29 July. Led by the Revd Pamela Soult. Pamela is a retired priest living in Kimbolton and helping out in the Benefice. She writes ‘My interest and work is mainly in Spiritual Direction, also leading Quiet Days and Retreats. Little Gidding is a lovely place to spend time with God and I look forward to us thinking together about this family who were friends of Jesus.’
22 September ‘Turning Points’ — meditations at the equinox (ref QD230922)
led by Canon Mike Booker, associate vicar in Huntingdon parish. Mike is a geography graduate, and in his ministry has served in urban and rural parish settings, in theological education and on the Bishop’s staff.
27 October ‘Time to Prepare’ (ref QD231027)
led by the Revd Carol Avery. Carol is Pioneer Priest for Stanground, Farcet and Fletton, and Founder and Chair of ‘Mary’s Child’.
24 November ‘Wood and stone, worn, touched, loved, changed’ (ref QD231124)
A sideways look at some wood and stone in and around St John’s as well as other bits and pieces, to draw, look at and wonder about. Drawing materials provided, but no pressure to use them.
led by the Revd David Sheppard. Priest in Charge of St Mary’s Buckden, with All Saints’, the Offords.
And Not So Quiet Days
We are offering 3 days of Family Activity during the year. Please ask the Chaplain for more information
Personal Times of Quiet
Many people use Little Gidding for their own quiet times, which we want to encourage. However, if you do would like to talk to someone, or have a guided quiet day or retreat, do contact the Chaplain.
Booking a Quiet Day
To book a place at a Quiet Day, or to make an enquiry, please complete and submit this form.
Please pay a deposit of £10 for each Quiet Day you would like to book. Details of how to pay will be emailed to you when you submit the form.
Alternatively, send a cheque made out to Little Gidding Trust Ltd to
Day retreats and residential retreats
All are welcome to come and spend some time at Ferrar House and in the gardens, either on your own or with a group. Do check availability and prices with the Hospitality Manager.
If you wish to use St John’s Church for worship, please contact the Chaplain in good time, both for availability and also to complete safeguarding checks.