Despite the weather, progress with The Chapel renovations maintain a steady pace. Stuart visited The Chapel at the weekend to find that the roofing scaffolding had been removed and the earthworks for the drainage were in place. Unsurprisingly, the building looks a little like a building site but at least we have the knowledge that from here on in, it will gradually return to life and we can continue with our community vision.
Even though the building is out of use, our work goes on. Duncan maintains his meditation at St Gabriel’s Hall in the village and we last met on December 15th when he left us with the Celtic Blessing:
Deep peace of the running wave to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the gentle night to you.
Stuart recently had the pleasure of conducting a Diamond Wedding celebration for Robin and Janet Francis at Whispers Cafe. He was recently contacted by local Yoga teacher Pip Jackson, who is interested in starting a class or two in the new year and we are hoping that this takes shape.
Stuart and Jan also met with Meditation Group member Sara and her partner George, who are marrying at The Chapel on January 31st: an event that we are all looking forward to. Dawn Voice has recently been granted status of Authorised Person and she will begin her work on the 31st. Best wishes to all!
The Committee and trustees of The Chapel are meeting regularly to plan the way forward, especially thinking about how our work can be shaped around our themes of community, compassion, creativity and contemplation.
We are heartened by the messages of goodwill that we receive from local people, interested in what we are trying to build in the Billingshurst area. Thank you.
Each month we bring you something to inspire, soothe, stimulate or entertain. This month, Stuart has selected Bruce Cockburn’s 1972 beautiful homage to winter: