A Word From the Executive Director
Greetings from Canterbury! All of us hope this finds you and your loved ones well. It has certainly been a challenging time for us all. January through the first week in March was busy as usual serving our wonderful guests. Then came Covid-19 and the “stay at home” order, which brought everything to a screeching halt. It was hard to adjust from the normal sounds of activity, to silence in the halls, meeting rooms, and even St. Augustine’s Chapel, where on Sundays the Church of the Incarnation meets. But Sunday services too, moved “online”. What could Canterbury do to help during the pandemic? Working with Seminole County Emergency Management, we were able to assist our neighbors by housing first responders and others in need of temporary shelter while being quarantined. In addition, we were able to assist others who had lost their housing due to the collapse of the economy.
“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality”. Romans 12:13
For the past year, I have been reporting on the progress we have made with work being done around the Canterbury campus; from additional up-close parking to refreshing the guest rooms with paint, new flooring, resurfaced tubs, and new furniture and fixtures. Contractors have now started renovating the Bishop Folwell Center (the main building). When completed, guests will enter an expanded lobby with a new reception area and find a new look throughout all the meeting rooms and the dining room. When next visiting Canterbury, you will find many changes including a heightened level of service and quality of food.
Now is a Great Time to Stay at Canterbury!
Our first personal retreats have resumed, and groups are scheduled to begin again in mid-June. Being proactive, we will be working with the group leaders to ensure we meet all state and local regulations. Observing social distancing, we are limiting the number of conferences to only 1 group at a time with no more than one guest or couple to a room. Canterbury is the perfect setting, offering a secluded and spiritual oasis that is far from ordinary. Tucked away in a verdant Florida landscape and encircling Lake Gem on 48 beautifully wooded acres. Canterbury’s distinctive charm is the perfect setting for creating memorable, meaningful, and spiritual experiences. A “safe” idyllic and tranquil place to gain:
- Freedom – a place to lay aside the weights and troubles that bind.
- Restoration – a place to rest, to be refreshed, and find strength for the battles ahead.
- Whether you visit this summer or sometime in the future, we look forward to serving you. It will be an opportunity for you to experience firsthand a renewed Canterbury.
Keep safe and be well,
From the Canterbury Kitchen:
Teri’s Favorite, Pickled Jalapenos
A great addition to those summer “safe distance” BBQ’s
Time: 5 minutes
Yield: 1 jar
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 2 garlic cloves – smashed
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 7 or 8 jalapeno peppers – thinly sliced
- Combine the vinegar, water, garlic, sugar, and salt in a medium pot and bring to a boil.
- Add the jalapeno peppers
- Let sit for at least 10 minutes
- Using tongs, remove the jalapenos from the pot and place in a mason jar.
- Cover with the brining liquid to fill the jar and close.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to two months.
From the Chaplain’s Desk – The Reverend Tom Phillips
Over the past several months I have found myself asking God the same question over and over: “God, when will things return to normal?” Several weeks ago, it occurred to me that “normal” may not be something God ever intends to return me to. The story of the Israelite’s Exodus from Egypt comes to mind. Just a few weeks after being launched out of a life of slavery in Egypt, the Israelites are asking God to return them there. They were ready to trade the uncertainties of freedom in the wilderness for the known routines of an old life of slavery. Into that context, the imagery of the Red Sea crossing is so stark and meaningful: God “baptized” the nation of Israel as it were, through the waters of the Red Sea, and into a new life entirely. For Israel, there was no bridge to return to the “normal” of Egypt. That old way was closed off for them forever by God’s own hand. Metaphors have their limits, and we are all eager to return to the cherished and life-giving routines of our pre-pandemic existence. Perhaps though, “normal” was left behind for a reason, to be forever replaced with new routines in the promised land God is leading us toward.
New Improved Ropes Course!
Leadership Seminole Legacy Project was well underway raising funds to support Ties That Bind–the ropes course program at Canterbury Retreat & Conference Center when Covid-19 hit. The goal is to introduce more physical elements to the ropes course that will include handicapped accessible obstacles. This will allow those who have physical limitations to participate in the ropes course Team Building Program. Construction will take place after raising the needed funds in a variety of ways.
Saturday, November 21, 6 – 9:30 pm
Orlando Sanford International Airport
The Showdown will be a live match featuring WWE professional wrestlers and our own Leadership Seminole member, Longwood Mayor Matt Morgan, a former American Gladiator and WWE professional wrestler. In addition, there will be magicians, acrobats, a DJ, as well as food and beverages. Tickets are $65 for general admission and $90 for VIP admission (includes beer and wine) with all proceeds supporting the design and construction of the new ropes course.
Sponsorship: Support the cause by being a sponsor, which includes a variety of benefits from marketing and recognition through the Seminole County business community, as well as tickets to the event. There are six levels of sponsorship ranging from $750 to $10,000.
Recognition Walkway: A brick paver recognition walkway will be installed from Canterbury’s main building toward the Challenge Course. Your donation will be immortalized with a large or small engraved brick.