Weekends are, quite simply, not long enough. From the moment we arrived on Friday afternoon/evening until departure on Sunday there was never a dull moment. There may have been full tummies, puzzled minds and hoarse voices, but certainly no dull moments.
This was the third winter Family Retreat we have held at Bassenthwaite in the northern Lake District and for the second year running we were full to capacity. People travelled from both north and south to be a part of what has become something of an annual fixture in many or our diaries. With the majority being return guests, we were delighted to welcome along a few newcomers to share together in an encouraging and relaxing time away from it all.
Our focus for these family retreats has consistently been on Jesus. As our teacher and our guide to life, we want to be growing to know him more fully and to understand his ways more perfectly. Starting our days with morning devotions, we had a couple of teaching sessions on Saturday morning, lots of singing, plenty of eating, and even more chatting and enjoying time together.
Saturday’s Mystery Evening proved to be slightly more of a mystery to some than to others, but it was different, thought provoking and possibly a little educational. A small group spent the free afternoon ascending the northerly, snow-covered fell of Binsey, whilst others enjoyed the warmth of the manor and afternoon tea.
If you have not yet been on one of our Family Retreats, you still have an opportunity to join us in Norfolk in September when we shall be hosting our first late summer event at Letton Hall. Please see here for details.