Although the Quiet Waters Christian retreat centre in north Suffolk at Bungay is currently closed due to the coronavirus restrictions, and most of the staff are on furlough, there is still plenty going on, as the team report.
Following Government directives, Quiet Waters closed for the foreseeable future in late March. For the time being we have put four of our residential team members (Jon, Vanessa, Bryan & Ruth) and our housekeeper (Kelly) on furlough. In doing this we will receive support from the Government under the Job Retention Scheme to help pay their wages.
Andy and Debbie remain on duty looking after the house and grounds. They will also be monitoring emails and phone calls. The whole residential team remain on site and are happy to receive requests for prayer – please email or phone.
Now we are nearing the end of week four of the lockdown, Andy and Debbie have been keeping things ticking over in the house and gardens, with voluntary help from their youngest son, Dom, who has joined us for the time being.
Andy has been fixing, painting, planting and generally keeping things tidy around the house and gardens. We were going to have a fallow year in the vegetable garden but now think we might be needing those veggies so Andy has started growing and planting – broad beans, potatoes, kohl rabi, leeks, mange tout – amongst other things. Dom has been clearing weeds and ivy and splitting logs ready for winter fires.
Debbie has been in the kitchen cooking meals, taking phone calls and emails, and continuing the admin and book-keeping needed to keep everything in order. She’s waiting for a rainy day to tackle the pile of ironing Kelly didn’t get round to before we closed.
On furlough, Jon, Ness, Bryan and Ruth have been keeping themselves busy. Jon and Bryan have been music making and song writing; Ness wasn’t too well to start but now is ok and spending time enjoying the garden and finding some delicious recipes for us all to try. Ruth & Bryan’s grandson, Jyce, has now come here so Ruth has been spending time with him, playing ‘badminton’ and ‘tennis’… and trying to encourage his school work…
Kelly is spending the time at home looking after husband, dogs and animals on the farm where she lives. We miss seeing her smiling face.
We all have also been helping out our neighbours collecting shopping and prescriptions – getting to meet them much more than we ever have!
Amongst all this we are still spending time worshipping and praying of course, whether separately or together. We managed a lovely time of praise – while socially distancing – in the walled garden on Easter Sunday.
We are constantly thankful for the way God is providing for us during this time, spiritually, practically and financially.
Our prayer is that you are all keeping well, physically and mentally, that you are able to shine God’s light to your friends & neighbours and that we will soon be able to open our doors to welcome our friends back into Quiet Waters.