Clergy spouses' retreat in Condette

 In late May, twenty clergy spouses from all over the diocese set off early one Wednesday morning for a few days away from home, family and parish life. As ever we were made very welcome at Les Tourelles, a retreat house in France about an hour’s drive south of the Channel Tunnel. Our time away was led by Rev Miriam Barker – “one of our own” – being  herself a clergy spouse. The programme included times for teaching, reflection and worship as well as exploring something of the French countryside.  Fliss North, from Barming, writes of her first time at Condette….

Going to Condette with 19 other clergy spouses (for the first time) was such a blessing and a treat. I always think of myself as a Martha. Rushing around doing the work of the Lord, at risk of forgetting the Lord of the work! This was a precious opportunity to slow down, take stock and surrender myself back fully into God's loving care and to try to align myself with His plans and purposes. This was my time to be Mary and to aim to bring her back with me! The Theme, 'Thirst Quenching Prayer', was spot on for where I was at. I also had an inspiring Christian book with me which tied in beautifully to what I believe God took me to France for. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with everyone there, relaxing in their company and also being stimulated by really interesting conversations. The food, accommodation and setting were wonderful. This retreat was everything I hoped and prayed it would be and lots more besides. Looking forward to the 2018 trip already!

For further information about clergy spouse events, please contact, Jane Mansell ( or 01892 520660)

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