An Oasis of Peace and Tranquillity


An Oasis of Peace and Tranquillity

At the service that he led at the end of July, our minister, Rev Peter Fairbrother, chose as his theme ‘what we can learn from the world of plants’. It was a beautifully gentle service and even the hymns had references to flowers.

Everyone had been invited to bring a plant, or plants, to dress the window sills in the church and the display is still magnificent three months later; a feast for the eyes and for the soul.

Peter’s story for all ages continued the plant theme, focusing on the lotus flower. At the end of his story, the children were invited to drop paper lotus flowers, which he had made, into the ‘pond’ and watch them change colour. It was magical!

He then led the congregation though a guided meditation followed by a thought-provoking sermon on the interdependence of plant and human life. Finally Peter explained that there was now an oasis of peace and tranquillity in our own courtyard which has been cleaned up and planted, as you can see from his photographs, with ‘hardy bee-attracting lavenders and heathers’. There's even a bench on which to sit. It is an ideal place for some quiet contemplation away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Thank you to all those who brought plants to the service, and thank you to Peter for the photographs in Waymark.