Report on Even Sparrows weekend, 11-13 November 2016
This was our second retreat with Mark at the Open Gate on Holy Island. Once again it was a physical, mental, but most important of all, spiritual experience. Physical in the sense of walking, being outdoors in the beauty of God's creation, returning tired for wonderful food and hospitality from Kevin, Lesley and Ellie at the Open Gate. Mental and thought provoking as we tried to remember birds of the Bible, birds we had seen, and what we could learn from birds. Spiritual as each of us came from a different tradition, all moved by an interest in birds and united in a faith in Jesus Christ. The spirituality of strangers sharing and becoming friends, through fellowship and worship together was a true blessing.
Mark is a very knowledgeable birdwatcher with a passion for 'even sparrows' and a passion for Christ. We will be back as these retreats offer a place of rest and nurturing amidst the busy pace and stresses of daily life. They are a time for reflection and growth.
Wallace & Liz Macfarlane, Pathhead