Pilgrim's Rest: A series of reflections on Biblical journeys

The journey of life with Christ by our side is a wonderful path to take.

As with all journeys, it's important to take a rest and refresh in order to keep going.

We can sometimes be so busy 'doing' for others, in our lives and churches that we forget to pause and just 'be'.

These days offer the chance to take a pit stop from the rush of daily life, to listen to God, and to leave feeling refreshed and renewed ready to continue on the great pilgrimage of life! 


Each day starts with coffee at 9.30am and ends with tea at 3.30pm.

Booking forms available from:

E: Foxhill@chester.anglican.org T: 01928 733777

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£23.50 per person- includes lunch and refreshments.


Monday 10th February - The Songs of Ascents

With The Revd Christine Broad  

A day of prayerful reflection inspired by Psalms 120-134 - the Songs of Ascents traditionally considered to have been sung by Pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem.

Christine has served in full time parish ministry in a variety of contexts since ordination in 2006. During her time in ministry, she has enjoyed a number of opportunities to lead quiet days on themes including pilgrimage and Psalms, and looks forward to bringing these themes together on this day exploring the pilgrim.


Monday 9th March - Sustenance for the Journey 

With The Revd Vicky Barrett 

With a focus on 1 Kings 19: 1-9, we will be reflecting on Elijah's journey into the desert and the way that an angel gave him cake, bread and water to set him on his way. 

This period of Lent offers us a great opportunity to think about the journey of faith on which we are travelling, asking:

  • How have we found ourselves here?
  • What are our 'cakes and water' and where do we get them from?
  • Who speaks to us, and how?
  • How do we provide 'cakes and water' for others?


Monday 11th May - Found in the Desert  - * Cancelled *

With Anne de Reybekill and Sarah Batchelor

This retreat can be done from home with resources found here

What happens when life's challenges make you want to flee? Maybe you are running away - but God finds you there, meets you - and the whole story changes.

With a focus on 1 Kings 16-19 (and various other passages), we'll see what happens with Elijah, with others at different times and places - and discover where God meets us in our stories.

Sarah is mum to three boys, married to vet Dan (and a vet herself).  She enjoys creative worship and is exploring ministry within the Church of England.

Anne loves to provide creative opportunities for prayer and worship.  She came to Chester, way back, to teach Physical Education; and now, after years of serving as a mission partner in Pakistan, is exploring ways to share in the life of St Michael's Newton and beyond. 


Monday 8th June - Songs for the Journey

With The Revd Ruth Mock

A creative day reflecting on Mary’s journey to see Elizabeth, as she came to terms with God’s call on her life. There will be space to think about our own journeys and those who help us to sing songs of praise to God at key moments in our lives.

Ruth was ordained in 2017 and is currently Vicar of St John’s, Sandiway. She enjoys crafts, walking and silence – and likes to use these when reflecting on passages of Scripture.


Monday 13th July 

With The Revd Josh Carlson


Monday 14th September - Journey to Ninevah

With The Revd Vivien Gisby 

One man's encounters with others, with God - and with himself.

We journey with Jonah to Ninevah and see what happened to him along the way. We watch his reactions to God’s call on his life and gaze on his encounters with the sailors, the people of Ninevah and the great fish. We take time out to pause in the silence to ask what God might be saying to each one of us through Jonah’s journey. The day will finish with a short communion service using Wild Goose liturgy.

Vivien is Vicar at St John’s Weston in Runcorn, Warden of Pastoral Workers and Readers and an honorary canon at Chester Cathedral. She is particularly interested in helping people grow in their faith and discern their gifts for ministry.


Monday 12th October 

With The Revd Alan Dawson


Monday 9th November 

With The Revd Elaine Atack


Monday 14th December 

With The Revd Ruth Ackroyd