En­trants pre­pare to join Lam­beth Com­mu­nity

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SIX­TEEN young Chris­tians are pre­par­ing to en­ter the Com­mu­nity of St Anselm and spend a year at Lam­beth Palace.

The year of prayer, study and com­mu­nity will start on 18 Septem­ber, when the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, will welcome the new­com­ers to a ‘Ser­vice of Com­mit­ment.’

Par­tic­i­pants will prom­ise to live by a Rule of Life dur­ing the ser­vice in the Lam­beth Chapel, which will be pub­licly broad­cast on BBC Ra­dio 4’s Sun­day Wor­ship on 20 Septem­ber.

“Our hope and vi­sion is that those young peo­ple who come here will be so changed by their en­counter with Christ that in 20 or 30 years, they will change the world,” Arch­bishop Justin said.

The Prior of the Com­mu­nity of St Anselm, the Rev An­ders Litzell, said: “In the mid­dle of what is quite in­evitably an in­tense pe­riod of prepa­ra­tion here at Lam­beth, the whole team is en­er­gised by the thought of our soon-to-be mem­bers mak­ing their own prepa­ra­tions, pack­ing bags, pray­ing and get­ting ready for a year in God’s time.

“This is a time of prayer and prep; our prayers en­abling our prepa­ra­tions and our prepa­ra­tions in­form­ing our prayers. Prayers not only for the prac­ti­cal as­pects, but in think­ing about our mem­bers, pray­ing into their thoughts, their trav­els, their ques­tions, the things they’ll do while they are here – and more than any­thing pray­ing into their hunger for the Liv­ing God.

“We’re all in for a jour­ney of won­der­ful – if chal­leng­ing – dis­cov­ery about God and about our­selves. It will be a trans­form­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one in­volved; for the team here, for the mem­bers and for Lam­beth Palace and the Arch­bishop’s min­istry – all to the glory of God and in ser­vice of his world.”

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