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Quiet Waters opened in 1984 in a large Georgian house just outside Bungay on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.

We offer led retreats for individuals and groups if requested and also a 'listening ear' and prayer to those who would like this ministry. As well as offering peace and quiet for the individual, we are also ideal for groups; either for a day or a weekend. We have in the past been used for church away days and by Alpha groups, leadership team meetings, etc.

Accommodation is available for 16 resident guests, but day groups of up to 20 can be accommodated. There are two sitting rooms and a dining room, where guests can enjoy meals prepared from freshly grown fruit and vegetables from the garden when available. Bedrooms are comfortably furnished with wash hand basins in most rooms, and tea/coffee making facilities provided. Two ground floor bedrooms are available with easy access, but there is no provision for personal care. (Further details available on enquiry).

The house has a daily ‘Rhythm of Prayer' with 'Daily Offices' in the chapel at 9.30am, midday, 5.00pm and 7.30pm. If you are in the area and would like to join us for the services you are most welcome. The chapel is available for guests to use throughout the day.

Quiet Waters provides an opportunity for Christians to seek God in a quiet, peaceful and safe environment that allows freedom and space to experience God's love. The team has a confidential approach to individuals needs and are ready to support guests through prayer, worship, and led retreats or simply by listening. Come and sense the presence of God bringing His peace and perspective as you wait on Him.

The Vision

Quiet Waters has been ministering to a wide variety of people in different ways since it was established but recently God has called us to return to the original vision given to Howard and Wendy Norton in the early 1980’s.

The original vision for Quiet Waters stated that this was to be a non profit making faith venture.... From September 1982 when the vision was received until the day Quiet Waters was opened, the vision was given more substance.

The Retreat House was to be available for three groups of people.

  • Tired, hurt, weary and wounded Christians. The staff would be available for counselling* and prayer ministry if requested by guests.
  • Those who wished to ‘seek the Lord’ (traditional retreat) either Individuals or groups. Again staff would be willing to lead guided retreats.
  • Those involved in Church or Para church activity in need of a period of rest and refreshment.

As this was a faith venture, no invoices would be given, rather a scale of suggested donations , to cover costs. Anything extra given was placed in an Assisted Places fund for anyone who would benefit from a stay but was unable to contribute financially.

* Note: The current staff are not trained councillors and will not be able to offer counselling

The Team

The Griffiths

Jonathan and Vanessa Griffiths

Jonathan and Vanessa Griffiths have joined us from Shrewsbury. They have been working together for a number of years as teachers at a Christian school for 2 to 11 year olds.

They've been much involved in the pastoral side of church life as well as the prayer and worship ministry in their own church and other churches in the Shrewsbury area. Both Jonathan and Vanessa have a keen interest in art and are gifted musically. They are keen to use their art and music skills at Quiet Waters, perhaps through themed days or weekends.

Throughout their marriage, they've expressed their faith through hospitality - opening their home to students, the homeless, those with emotional issues and International adults on work experience.

As well as art and music, other interests include walking, coffee shops, National Trust properties and reading together.

The Jackmans

Andy and Debbie Jackman

Andy and Debbie Jackman joined us from Willingham in Cambridgeshire on 30th November. Andy has been involved in estate agency for over 30 years. Debbie has most recently been providing administrative support to the Adult Learning and Leisure Office and also working with GenR8, a Christian charity taking the Christian message into schools and supporting churches in their work with children.

Both have been active in their local Baptist church and have served on the Diaconate. Andy has been involved with outreach to men, amongst other things organising a monthly pub group. Debbie has organised various activities including Mums & Babies, holiday clubs, prayer days and church away weekends.

Andy's interests include beekeeping, landscape photography, mountain trekking, cross-country running and carpentry. Debbie has a keen interest in family history and also enjoys cooking and crafting - jewellery making and crochet.

The Schippers

Mike and Liz Schippers

Mike and Liz Schippers have been with the House since August 2015. They are originally from Zimbabwe but have been in the UK since 2005. Before coming to us they worked in Oxfordshire ; Mike was in an accounting role while Liz worked with a Christian Charity in an administrative role. They were active members on the leadership team of their local church.

Their interests include wildlife, art, reading, National Trust properties and rugby!