The story of Quiet Waters
began back in 1973 when Lydia, Jean
three ladies from London
were led by God to open a Retreat House in Suffolk
and found themselves purchasing a property called Lowlands.
In May 1973, they first opened the doors of the Retreat House renamed ‘Shalom
’ in a lovely Georgian house set in two acres of grounds on the bank of the river Waveney just outside Bungay
on the Suffolk-Norfolk
Fifteen years later in 1988, Howard
and Wendy Norton
were called to open a retreat house to serve Norwich and the surrounding area. Under the auspices of the newly formed Anapaou Trust
, they purchased the property and the name of the house was changed to ‘Quiet Waters Christian Retreat House
Now, 25 years on, many couples and individuals have been involved in the running of the retreat house and Quiet Waters has provided rest, renewal and spiritual refreshment to thousands of individuals from all walks of life, Christian traditions and stages of their faith.
In March this year, Ruth
and Andrew Tait
(pictured above), took up the challenge of taking Quiet Waters into a new phase of its life. Andrew explains: “The vision for Quiet Waters continues be a place where people can come to find God in the peaceful atmosphere of the house and gardens, and to have the opportunity to reflect on where they find themselves in their life’s walk.
“We are seeking to develop Quiet Waters as a House of Prayer, with regular times of prayer and worship with of Morning, Midday and Evening prayer. Guests are welcome to join the staff in celebrating these offices,” he said.
“To celebrate 40 years as a Retreat House, we are having an Open Day, from 2.30 – 7.30pm on Sunday October 6, offering everyone the opportunity to come and meet us, explore this lovely house and grounds, and have afternoon tea or, in the evening, a bowl of soup. You may like to stay on for the service of celebration we will hold at 7.30pm.
“To celebrate our 40th year, for the six months to March 2014 we have special low rates for guests coming to stay at Quiet Waters (£40 per day full board). We also now offer a self catering option to groups who want to book the whole house.”
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