In 2024, 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.
14 February Ash Wednesday Quiet Day ‘Celebrating Women in the Bible’ (ref QD240214)
led by Rt Rev Dr Graham Kings, Assistant Bishop, Diocese of Ely; Senior Research Associate, Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide
22 March Forgiveness (ref QD240322)
An exploration of the them of forgiving others and ourselves. led by Canon Tim Alban Jones, Canon Pastor and Vice Dean of Peterborough Cathedral.
26 April Title to be decided (ref QD240426)
led by Rev James Shakespeare, Vicar of St John’s Church, Hills Road, Cambridge and Bishop’s Spirituality Adviser for the Diocese of Ely.
24 May ‘With hearts strangely warmed’ (ref QD240524)
led by Rev 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 June Title to be decided (ref QD240628)
Led by Rev Peter Leech, Deputy Director of Ministry and Mission, Diocese of Ely
26 July Title to be decided (ref QD240726)
Led by Rev 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.’
27 September ‘Here I am’ reflections of being called by God. (ref QD240927).
The phrase ‘Here I am’ appears more than 10 times in the Bible as people respond to God’s call. We look at some of those moments, and the way that God calls each one of us. Led by Canon Fiona Brampton, Chaplain to Little Gidding and Priest-in-Charge, North Leightonstone Benefice.
25 October Title to be decided (ref QD241025)
Led by Ven Alex Hughes, Archdeacon of Cambridge. Alex Hughes was ordained in 2000. He has been Archdeacon of Cambridge since 2014. Alex was born in Honiara, capital of the Solomon Islands, though he grew up on the south coast of England. He is married to Sarah, a psychotherapist, and they have two teenage sons. His hobbies include music, riding his Triumph Bonneville motorcycle and running half-marathons. As archdeacon, Alex has responsibility for the care and support of the church communities in the south of Ely Diocese. Among various other roles, he is chair of the Diocesan Education Committee and a member of General Synod.
22 November Title to be decided (ref QD241122)
Led by Cathy Watts, Warden of Readers, Diocese of Ely
And Not So Quiet Days
These are chances for families to explore faith and life together. 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. However, if you would like to talk to someone, or have a guided quiet day or retreat, do contact the Chaplain.
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.