What do we mean by ‘service’?
Serving the disadvantaged, the marginalized and the poor is a key element in life as a member of the Community of St Anselm, as with most religious communities. We follow the Franciscan insight that becoming more like Jesus is inseparable from serving others, especially the poorest in society.
Living in the centre of London, in north Lambeth, Residential community members work with other local charities and agencies, engaging with the poor and marginalised, with those in need, both in the immediate area and further afield. Around a third of the Community’s core time is spent in these service activities.
Each Non-resident community member is, from the outset of their membership, also expected to volunteer time weekly or fortnightly in face-to-face service. This could be with a food bank, in a hospital, refugee shelter, children’s activities, volunteering with the homeless, debt counseling (the list could be very long) with a charity or church of their choice. Members will be subject to the appropriate police checks prior to starting their Year in God’s Time to enable us to deploy them in these service assignments.