Synod Advocate for Health and Healing

Health & healing Synod Advocate - Jo Patel

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Have you an interest in any of the following:

  • Pastoral Care
  • Praying for the sick
  • Issues around health
  • Being a healthy church
  • Your own spiritual health
  • Supporting your local NHS
  • Healing and the cross of Christ
  • The art of listening
  • Healing and wholeness
  • Healing Services

Reflecting Poems

Poems Reflecting Challenge, Change and Transformation candles

Dr Christine MacLeod a URC Lay Preacher and Medical Director for Essex has written a number of poems reflecting on change, challenge and transformation. We hope you will enjoy reading and reflecting on them.

Download: Poems from Dr Christine MacLeod

Health and Healing News and Resources

Health and Healing News Update

World Cancer Day  - 2021: Together, all our actions matter

2021 – the ultimate year of the ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign – shows us that our actions have an impact on everyone around us, within our neighbourhoods, communities and cities. And that more than ever, our actions are also being felt across borders and oceans. This year is a reminder of the enduring power of cooperation and collective action. When we choose to come together, we can achieve what we all wish for: a healthier, brighter world without cancer. Together, all of our actions matter. This World Cancer Day, who are you and what will you do?           

Website World Cancer Day for further information

Health and Healing Resources

Download: Guidelines for Good Practice in Healing

Website: Churches Together In England

Website: Essex Christian Healing Trust

Synod Retreat Clare Priory

CANCELLED due to Coronavirus 

still-waters-2020We are hoping  for a further date when this epidemic passes and becomes safer.

The retreat will be led by Revd Mary Irish and Sister Karen Knight.
Clare Priory, Ashen Road, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8NX 

This retreat offers the opportunity to slow down and find rest. A time for prayer, refreshment and individual spiritual accompaniment will be available.  Clare Priory has been a place of prayer for many centuries. The monastery, new church and beautiful grounds offer peaceful surroundings, inviting us into the presence of God.  The weekend starts late Friday afternoon and finish after lunch on Sunday. The accommodation is full board and most rooms are en-suite. The charge for this retreat is £? per person. This includes all meals. The cost of the retreat can be met from EM or Lay Preachers allowances if applicable.        

Download: Clare Priory Booking Form when available. Further Information from  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - Synod Office  01223 830770       Website: Clare Priory 

Quiet days and Retreats

Quiet Days

Chelmsford Diocesan House of Retreat
The Street, Pleshey, CHELMSFORD, Essex, CM3 1HA
Contact: Laurie Main, House Manager
Tel: 01245 237251
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Website: House of Retreat Pleshey

For costs please contact the House Manager.

Wheelchair users may need assistance to some parts of the building &/or facilities. An acre of gardens to enjoy.

Christ Church United Reformed Church
Carnarvon Road, Clacton-on-Sea
Tel: 01255 224598
Website: Christ Church URC Clacton-on-Sea

Situated 100 yards from the sea front, the premises have recently been refurbished to give better access, disabled and baby/toddler changing facilities. The Community Hall accommodates 100 people, the Transept 60, the church seating for 160 and the Welcome Area 25. There is a Catering committee happy to provide food/refreshments. Hearing loop in Church and Transept.

Diss United Reformed Church
Mere Street, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4AD
Contact the Bookings Secretary
Tel: 01379 852362

Church, Large Hall, Small Hall, Kitchen

Easy access for wheelchair users to all facilities, Hearing loop.

Fulbourn United Reformed Church
Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB1 5BS
Contact Hall Bookings
Tel: 01223 881322

Hearing loop, Small kitchen to prepare refreshments.

Grays United Reformed Church
31 Bradleigh Avenue
Grays, Essex, RM17 5XD
Tel: 01375 375239

Easy access into and to the facilities for wheelchair users.

Good kitchen for self-catering.

Princes Street United Reformed Church
Princes Street, Norwich, NR3 1AZ
Tel: 01603 627899

Easy access for wheelchair users unaided and fairly easy access to most areas and all essential facilities.Hearing loop.

Facilities for self-catering.

Quiet Garden
Ivydene, Mill Road, Mattishall
Dereham, Norfolk, NR20 3RL
Tel: 01362 850312

This is a garden for people to use for quiet days, bring your own leader. Shelter and tea making facilities. No children or dogs.

Wattisfield URC
Chapel Road
Contact The Church Secretary
Tel: 01359 251239

Disabled access to church hall and one toilet.

No catering facilities.

Wickhambrook URC
Meeting Green, Wickhambrook
Newmarket, CB8 8UR
Contact the Church Secretary
Tel: 01440 820492
Website: Wickhambrook URC

This is a church hall for use on Quiet Days. Disabled parking space and easy access for wheelchair users.


Revd Rachel Poolman
The Manse, Lewins Lane, Holy Island Berwick upon Tweed, TD15 2SB
Tel: 01289 389254
Website: St Cuthbert's Centre Lindisfarne

St Cuthbert's Centre on Lindisfarne is a place of welcome and hospitality for those people who wish to experience the unique atmosphere of Holy Island. It is a Mission Project of the United Reformed Church and offers a modern, comfortable base from which to explore the island's ancient spiritual heritage, a heritage which remains powerfully active today.    

Revd Dr. David R. Peel, Chair, Keld Resource Centre Ltd
10 Ellam Avenue, Neville’s Cross, Durham, DH1 4PG
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We are making available the Keld manse for ministers and church members in need of a break due to illness, stress or other related issues.  The offer is on a favourable basis in the knowledge that most denominations have funds set aside to help people in such need and the ensuing likelihood that people recommended to us will not be prevented from coming to Keld on financial grounds.

Further Information The Manse at Keld: Respite Weeks.

Bishop Woodford House
Retreat & Conference Centre
Barton Road, Ely, Cambridge  CB7 4DX

Charges can be made per person per 24 hours, full board, or at a daily rate per person which includes coffee, tea & lunch. Accommodation available for up to 35 guests, one bedroom available for mobility difficulties. Easy access for wheelchair users. The largest meeting room seats 60, the second largest seats up to 20, smaller rooms available.

Clare Priory
Ashen Road, Clare, Sudbury,
Suffolk C010 8NX

Charges can be made per person, per 24 hour residential inc all meals, or at a daily rate which includes full lunch coffee/tea. Most diets can be accommodated. Open Tues - Sun afternoon. Easy access for wheelchair users to most of the facilities, disabled toilets and bedroom with shower. Hearing loop in Church. Large grounds.

Website: Clare Priory

Chelmsford Diocesan House of Retreat
The Street, Pleshey, Chelmsford,
Essex, CM3 1HA

Charges can be made per person per 24 hour  full board or a daily rate, with or without lunch. For other costs please contact the House Manager. Wheelchair users may need assistance to some parts of the building &/or facilities. There are 22 single rooms, one of which is on the ground floor equipped for the physically disadvantages. There is a 5 bedded house let on self-catering basis. An acre of gardens to enjoy.

Belsey Bridge Retreat  & Conference 

Centre Community of All Hallows All Hallows Convent Ditchingham,  Bungay, Suffolk, NR34 2DT

St Gabriel's can sleep up to 110 guests in a  variety of single, twin, double and family  rooms (some en-suite) Contact All Hallows for rates.

Mulberry House, Chelmsford Road, High Ongar, Essex, CM5 9NL

Accommodation in the main house and in modern Chalets located in the grounds. Single, twin and double rooms up to 33 guests. En suite rooms with low-level bath with shower attachment. Many day conferences, themed retreats, guided, or Church Away Days, alpha Days and Quite Days available for any Church group or individual.

Mill Green House
Mill Green, Horseheath, Cambridge,

Mill Green House is a retreat Centre in a family setting with grounds of two acres. Residential individual retreats - guided if necessary. Organised Day Retreats, Opportunities for groups to arrange their own programmes As Mill Green House is an extension of the family home they do not have facilities for wheelchair use.

Monks Eleigh Retreat Centre - H.O.M.E

H.O.M.E Day Retreat Centre at the heart of the beautiful Suffolk village of Monks Eleigh is an ancient barn, which was converted into a chapel in the 19th century. The recently renovated building is owned by The Ansell Trust and is managed as a Day Retreat Centre by a team from the United Reformed Church and St Peter's Church.

H.O.M.E Retreat Centre is a place to find space; time to reflect, to meet, to talk, to be quiet, to recharge batteries, to just 'be'. It's available to everyone, of any faith or none.  Groups of individuals can use it for meetings, retreats, or simply as a base to explore the surrounding area. It's for all who need it, regardless of ability to pay. 

Website: H.O.M.E - Heart of Monks Eleigh     Download: HOME Day Retreat Centre Flyer 

Download: Monks Eleigh Brochure for printing and distribution

Quiet Waters Christian Guest House
Flixton Road, Bungay, Suffolk,
NR35 1PD

No en-suite facilities. Children only usually included if house taken over by a group. No pets. Ramp for wheelchairs to enter building. Stannah lift to dinning room.

St Mark's College
Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex, CM11 4JD

All bedding is provided, and disabled guests can be accommodated just as easily as others. Catering is of a high standard under the supervision of a qualified chef. There is a comprehensive range of menus and special diets are always catered for.

Sizewell Hall Christian Conference Centre & Camping Centre
Sizewell Hall, Leiston, Suffolk,IP16 4TX

Accommodation 32 bedrooms, bungalows in grounds with disabled facilities. Conference room (first floor) is fully equipped with audio visual aid equipment & has an audio link to downstairs room.

Well stocked shop with books, CD's gifts and confectionary. The Hall has several communal rooms; a library, a main lounge, a table tennis room and a room for snooker & Pool. This is a self catering centre with an on site Food Store.

Watton at Stone Methodist Church & Day Retreat

The Meditation Garden in the church grounds is an ideal space for quite reflection. 
The rural setting of the village provides many interesting walks including pathways along the River Beane.

Located in the centre of the village there is easy access to the A10, A1 and the village train station. There is on-site parking for over 15 cars.

For further information or bookings:  Watton-at-stone Methodist Church & Day Retreat Centre , High Street, Watton at Stone, Hertfordshire, SG14 3SY 

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Quiet Garden
Orchard House, Wretton, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 9QS

There is a Hermitage in the garden for individual residential retreats. Booking for house and garden for small groups welcomed.




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