West Barkwith

SERVICE – All are welcome to join an Open Air Service and Picnic in the Sacred Space at West Barkwith on Sunday, September 11 at 3pm.

If the weather is poor, the service and picnic will be transferred to St Mary’s Church in East Barkwith.

The Sacred Space has been created in the churchyard of the former All Saints Church which was demolished in 1983 and those attending are asked to take along a chair and a contribution of food towards the Faith Picnic meal which will be shared by those attending. The churchyard remains part of the Parish of the Barkwith Group and is still available for burials.

A former resident of the village who died in 1995, and is buried here with his family, left money to the parish for the its upkeep. The parochial church council decided to develop the space originally occupied by the church building as an area for somewhere special to sit and for contemplation and prayer and so plans were made for what is now known as the Silent Space.

Copper inset stone posts mark the corners of the area and the slate covered area is a reminder of the slate roof of the church. Within this are two seats facing east and at the eastern end of the area is a larger stone slab inset with a cross in copper.

The central feature is the stone prayer bowl, which has a copper lining carrying the inscription ‘Watch and Pray 2000’.

Visitors are invited to interact with the prayer bowl by placing a small stone or pebble in there and then select one already in there to placer elsewhere.

This can be anywhere that might be meaningful to the visitor - in a garden, by the sea or just staying in a pocket.