What We Do

The Society of the Sacred Mission exists to serve the Church; its charitable aims speak of promoting vocation, nurturing faith and discipleship and encouraging theological learning – hence our strap-line ‘prayer, study and community’.

At the Priory, we maintain a regular pattern of Christian worship in the chapel, we offer a ministry of Spiritual Direction, Quiet Days and other activities, as well as accommodation for people wishing to spend time on retreat.

St Antony’s Quiet Days

St Antony’s is an ideal place for Quiet Days: it’s easy to get to, we have a range of meeting rooms, lovely surroundings and, of course, that magnificent view…

A Quiet Day is like a mini-retreat: some time out to reflect, be still and re-charge. This could take a variety of forms: we are able to cater for both individuals and groups, and we also put on a programme of St Antony’s Quiet Days, led by members of the Priory team.

A typical Quiet Day for a group will run from 10am-4pm and will usually consist of a couple of addresses, a midday eucharist, space and time for personal reflection, and a concluding act of worship. This structure may vary according the theme or the group in question.

Please note, we are currently not providing meals, and advise people to bring a packed lunch. Outside catering can sometimes be provided by arrangement.

Upcoming events are listed on Eventbrite and our Facebook page and most of these can be booked in advance online.

Quiet Days for Individuals

Individuals seeking spiritual refreshment, or simply some time and space to relax and unwind can book one of our meeting rooms for a full or half day. You may wish simply to enjoy some peace and quiet alone, but you will also be very welcome to attend any services taking place in the Chapel.

Quiet days can be arranged on any day of the week, but on certain days we may be able to offer additional support, including:

  • Reflexology and a range of holistic treatments including aromatherapy massage, Indian Head and Hot Stones massage with a fully qualified professional massage therapist. Treatments can be tailored to individual needs, available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • An opportunity for an informal chat with a trained and experienced spiritual director or member of the clergy able to offer a listening ear. Any such listening would be strictly confidential, subject to issues of Safeguarding.

Half days, either morning or afternoon, as well as full days can be booked. If coming for a full day, please bring a packed lunch.

This offer is open to all, but we are particularly keen to support our diocesan clergy. An information sheet can be downloaded here.

For further details, availability, bookings and costs, please contact the Priory.

Spiritual Accompaniment

St Antony’s has a well-established reputation as a provider of Spiritual Accompaniment. We offer:

  • An introductory Training Course in Spiritual Accompaniment
  • Ongoing peer support and supervision for Spiritual Directors
  • A referral service for people seeking a Spiritual Director
  • Rooms in which people can meet for Spiritual Accompaniment

Please have a look at our Spiritual Accompaniment page for more information.

Hospitality

We also offer meeting space (subject to availability) to individuals and groups. We have four small meeting rooms for one-to-one’s, including one on the ground floor, a larger meeting room for groups (max. 8 people), and a seminar room for courses and presentations (max. 15-20 people).

Retreats

The Garden Cottage has four self-catering rooms with en-suite facilities for people wishing to spend a few days on individual private retreat. 

Guests can enjoy the peace and quiet, as well as join the Priory community for services in the Chapel, and any other activities open to the public, as well as make use of the library or enjoy the gardens.

Please contact us to book your stay.