Our Vision

ple-089 (Medium)The House of Retreat is a place where people from all walks of life come to seek God and to search for the spiritual in their lives. They come to a place many have called a ‘thin place between heaven and earth’. Welcomed into a safe environment, visitors are enabled to explore their relationship with God and deepen their prayer. Building on the tradition of Evelyn Underhill in her assertion that retreatants should be warm, comfortable and well fed.

The Diocesan House of Retreat at Pleshey continues the vision of those who established this House of Prayer in 1909 as a place of peace and stillness where we can come into the presence of God and rediscover the power of his love. The simple and beautiful Chapel provides a focus for individuals and groups to be still. It is a sacred space, both part of the world and away from the pressures of the world, that is suffused with the light of Christ.

As guardians of this spiritual treasure we wish to ensure its future within the Diocese of Chelmsford and the wider community. We visualize this resource both building on the past and taking a leading role in helping individuals and groups to develop ‘fresh Expressions’ of faith for the 21st Century.

Day Chaplains

We are seeking Day Chaplains, to offer pastoral ministry, Monday to Friday 9am-12noon and 12noon-5pm.

Day Chaplains will be people who bring to the House pastoral skills which equip them to minister to people who may need a listening ear or who may need someone to pray with or for them. We are looking for people of faith who are kind, good listeners, non-judgemental and with a sense of humour.

They will conduct the House’s pattern of prayer and are invited to lead Morning Prayer at 9am and Midday Prayer at 12:15pm. Top priority is always given, however, to being available for pastoral ministry during their period of duty.

Day Chaplains will offer a maximum of a whole morning or afternoon every week, but more likely simply once or twice a month or even as little as two, three or four separate shifts in any one term.

Day Chaplains are appointed after an initial interview with the Chaplain. They are given induction training, health and safety and other training available to all House staff and volunteers. Day Chaplains are requested to attend a meeting every year at the House when issues arising from the work are discussed and ongoing training and support are available.

Expenses are unable to be met but Breakfast and/or Lunch can be provided.

For further information please contact the Chaplain: Revd Graham Dowling  Email : revgpd@btinternet.com