Almost a hundred carers from across the Diocese of Guildford gathered in the Cathedral this October to enjoy an event organised just for them - the Carer's Afternoon Tea. The event hit all the right notes with the ‘Motivation in Music’ Gospel Choir led by Emily Bolton performing an interactive and lively programme of gospel songs.
Canon Paul Smith at the Cathedral gave a welcome and Revd. Clive Richardson, Diocese Carer Support Adviser opened the programme and introduced the choir. The afternoon was a time for carers to have a break from their usual caring role and enjoy something uplifting and enjoyable just for them.
The Revd. Clive Richardson said,
"It’s been wonderful to welcome so many carers here today, and to see them relaxing and just enjoying the afternoon. It’s provided some time to step aside from Caring responsibilities and to just be themselves. The fact that so many stayed on to Evensong shows that it is a real time of physical, emotional, and spiritual refreshment."
After tea at the Refectory, many attended Evensong in the Lady chapel which was a beautiful service and drew the afternoon to a close in a gentle and reflective way.
One of the Carers spoke for many others when she said, "It’s so good to be able to come away and enjoy an afternoon when I don’t have to think about Caring."