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Midweek Sabbath

August 1 @ 9:00 am - August 4 @ 9:30 am

Sabbath…what does it mean to you?

Not the word, but the action of making space and taking time out with God?

Do you have a regular sabbath but you find it hard to rest and to ignore the sprinkling of guilt for taking time out?

Or do you struggle with all the demands that bombard you on a daily basis which prevent you from having a sabbath regularly?

In our time together, we will explore what Sabbath really is, the benefits of it, and how to create this sacred space in your life on a regular basis.

During this gently guided retreat there will be reflections, various creative ways to engage with God, and the opportunity to rest and receive.

God rested, Jesus rested. Here’s a wonderful invitation for you to rest too. Come for a day, or for a few days, to be refreshed, to bathe in peace and delight in the presence of God.

“The Sabbath was made to serve us; we weren’t made to serve the Sabbath.’    The Message translation.


Come for a day, a night or longer.

The retreat will be led by Revd Vanessa Appleton – who will be heading up our ‘soon to be’ team of chaplains.


£89 per 24hrs to include and ensuite bedroom and all meals.

£35 for day visitors to include lunch.

To book or ask any questions about the retreat – please email office@srpf.org.uk or call 01494 881037.

You can download a copy of the poster here – Poster



Since being ordained, I have served in the church and as a chaplain in the Police Force, the HM Prison Service and the National Health Service.  I understand the importance, need and joy in spending time with God, which has led me to facilitate quiet days to gently guide people into the space and presence of God to receive His rest, refreshment and peace.

I have a very compassionate heart, blessed with the gift of creativity and a passion for connecting with nature which is echoed in the quiet days that I lead.

Reverend Vanessa Appleton


August 1 @ 9:00 am
August 4 @ 9:30 am
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Revd Vanessa Appleton
Thank you for a wonderful afternoon tea.

Oasis, Christ Church - Jul 2018

Thank you for having us! Great stay, lovely garden and helpful staff. See you again next year.

Vacation Project, Lincoln College Oxford - Aug 2018

The success of the weekend was helped ... by the quality of the accommodation ... the generous provision of our food but perhaps most of all the staff

Bereaved dads' weekend Nov 2018

This has been a wonderful caring time. Thank you St Katharine's staff team.

NW & JT, Marlow - Oct 2018

Thank you so much for everything that you and your team did for our family yesterday. Everything went so smoothly and everyone said what a wonderful venue St Katharine's was both in terms of food and venue. Your team were absolutely outstanding and made the day very easy for us.

CM - Feb 2020

Thank you for a wonderful stay. It was perfect. The memorial garden is wonderful and so good to have time to sit and appreciate the atmosphere.


Just wanted to thank you for the lovely day we spent on Saturday. I felt very welcome, the food was delicious and the grounds were so peaceful. It was really good to get away from the hustle and bustle for a few hours. Please convey my thanks to all who were involved. May God bless you all

J.K. London 2022