An oasis of peace right in the heart of Norwich
By Kevin Gotts
An oasis of peace and quiet in the very heart of the busy and noisy city of Norwich is offered by nuns at the Julian Shrine.
Official figures have revealed that complaints about noise have increased fivefold since the 1980s, with our ears getting an unprecedented battering from mobile phones, music systems, increasing traffic and noisy neighbours. Where is it possible to find some peace and quiet, before it takes a serious toll on your health and happiness? I asked a nun for some guidance.
Sister Pamela from the Anglican Community of All Hallows, runs All Hallows House, a busy guest house, alongside the world renowned Julian Shrine, off Rouen Road, in the heart of Norwich.
"We offer an oasis for people to recharge their batteries, to be still and pray to hear what God is saying to them," she says.
All Hallows House normally accommodates 6 to 8 people from teenagers and beyond, offering bed and breakfast, an evening meal with areas to relax and a Chapel.
"We welcome people from all denominations, businesses and those who are just seeking. They can choose their own programme, whether a quiet day from 10am till 4pm or up to a week. While they are here they can spend quiet time in the Julian Cell, garden, Chapel, house or their own bedroom," advises Sister Pamela.
“A guided retreat is available where I can lead them, pray with them and share passages of scripture," she says.
Guests comments include, "A real joy, an oasis of calm, prayer and welcome". And from a Canadian – "Thank you for a peaceful and powerful stay."
So how does Sister Pamela relax? "I have space with the Lord before the busy day, which I need in order to give to others. Occasionally I can take time out at the Convent."
Her underlying message to our busy world is: "We are human beings and not human doings. We need to take time to listen as our world is so full of noise. Then we will know that we are 'enfolded in God's love' as described by Julian of Norwich."
More information can be found by visiting www.friendsofjulian.org.uk
Pictured above is Sister Pamela and the community dog Matthew.