[ACNS, by Lucy Cowpland] Young people who have chosen to join the Community of St Anselm and spend A Year in Gods Time have arrived at Lambeth Palace.
The community members have travelled to London from South Sudan, Canada, China, Pakistan, Uganda, the US, Sri Lanka, Germany, Rwanda, India and the U.K. They each come from different religious backgrounds, including Anglicans, Lutheran-Evangelicals, Methodists, Baptists, Pentecostals and Presbyterians.
The members of the Community of St Anselm have left behind their jobs, colleges, families and countries to spend a year together in prayer, service and learning at Lambeth Palace, the home and office of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
One of the members, Kenyi Emmanuel Fraze from South Sudan told the Anglican Communion News Service that the members of the community, though from different backgrounds, are “inspired by the love of Christ” to live, pray, work and cook together.
He noted that one of the aims of the community is to help one another grow spiritually in their daily lives, and cited Matthew 11:29 as inspiration for this – Jesus said; take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will find rest for your souls.
As the community prepares for their commitment service next week (Wednesday 25 September), the Dean of the Community of St Anselm, Simon Lewis, has encouraged the members to pray for one another and focus on their calling and consider what God might have in store for them.