Creating a holy garden space

 One of the followers of New Roots has spent Holy Week creating holy space in his garden. We asked him to drop down a few thoughts about why he did it – and some pictures as well of course.

   Standing at the foot of the cross

In these uncertain times of Corona – 19 pandemic, not able to socialise, feeling disconnected from people. Not able to attend church.

Last year I gave up work and moved with my husband to his home land in Ireland, moving from what you could call a busy work life travelling to London and other parts in the UK for work, we moved to a small village in Co Leitrim. Waking up in the mornings to lovely scenery trees and bird’s singing and just thinking what a lovely world God has created!

In today’s world of technology we are still able to keep in touch with friends, family and loved ones. This year not able to attend church in what is one of the most important times of the Christian church, my old church in the UK the congregation was asked to join in with an activity to still celebrate Holy Week.

The activity was to find a place in your home that you will designate as your ‘Sacred Space’ to be the focus of Holy Week. I decided to join in with this activity but to create my space in the garden recreating the Easter story.

This was a place to come and join the congregation at St Barnabas at 11 am each morning and reflect and prayer. For me each morning to sit in the garden reflecting and praying and birds singing around me and listening to God speak.

New Roots is grateful to Dennis Shattell for allowing us to share this material.

Still figuring out what being a disciple might mean. Anglican priest and cyclist. One of the founders and editors of New Roots - partly as a way of hanging on in there!

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