Northampton Local Meeting joins the Quiet Garden Movement
Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some restMark 6.31
Northampton Local Meeting has joined the Quiet Garden Movement to recognise and promote the Burial Ground as a place for members of the public to find peace and spiritual refreshment.
Four years ago Northampton Burial Ground was transformed from a wilderness of mainly grass, studded with crooked headstones and overgrown shrubs and trees, into a beautiful garden, complete with wooden benches on which to sit and contemplate the newly planted flowers, trees and bushes. With curving gravel paths and a central stone bird bath surrounded by lavender bushes it has become a haven in the centre of busy Northampton town. Friends often sit there before and after Meeting for Worship and other meetings. Members of the public use it, some knowing of its existence, others finding it by accident. Workers in the centre of Northampton eat their lunches there. Everyone remarks on the peace and tranquillity it provides.
It was with this in mind that we considered joining the Quiet Garden Movement. The first Quiet Garden opened in 1992 and since then over 300 gardens have been opened all over the world. The idea of the project is to encourage the provision of a variety of local venues where there is an opportunity to set aside time to rest and pray, an oasis for reflection and spiritual refreshment.
You can find out more about the Quiet Garden Movement here.