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Quiet Day 1

23rd January 2023 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Leader: Revd Tom Lusty

God is friendship (Aelred of Rievaulx)

On this quiet day we will celebrate our friendships and how an understanding of friendship informs our friendship with God. For Aelred of Rievaulx, a great Yorkshire saint, friendship is the highest form of love. For him the two words are synonymous: to say ‘God is friendship’ is a powerful way of saying that God is love. Where there is friendship…God is there.

You are invited to bring with you an object that speaks to you of a precious friendship. This can be a friend who is currently living or someone who has died. There will be an opportunity to talk about this friendship if you would like to do so.

Tom was a volunteer on Iona after time studying biblical studies at University, and was warden of a retreat centre before ordination. He was a hospital chaplain and hospice chaplain in Leeds for nine years and has an MA in Healthcare Chaplaincy. During his time as a healthcare chaplain he led a series of retreats on the theme of friendship, including at Parcevall Hall. Tom was then a parish priest in north Leeds for 12 years, before beginning ministry in the Dales as Vicar of Upper Wharfedale and Littondale in June 2021.

Tom is married to Helen who is Director of the Leeds Church Institute and they have two sons. Tom loves singing and there will be a musical element to the day. This is a free event, but please note, booking is now required. Please email or phone the office to book your place.

Please bring your own lunch.
Freewill offering


23rd January 2023
10:00 am - 4:00 pm