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Archbishop encourages Christians to 'spend a year in God's time'

by Hannah Tooley

Justin Welby wants more young people to join the Community of St Anselm at Lambeth Palace.

Applications open on Tuesday and people aged 20 to 35 are being given the opportunity live together as a community, inspired by the monastic traditions, and spend time with God.

This is the second year the programme will run and all involved commit to a year of prayer as well as studying ethics and theology.

Young people that sign up will also work with the poor in their local communities and adopt a life devoted to Jesus.

In 2014 36 young people got involved and participants came from all over the world, including America, Kenya and Australia.

The Prior of St Anselm, Anders Litzell said: "I'm looking for people who above everything else want to follow Jesus, grow in likeness of Jesus by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God the Father.

"It is as simple as that. You can come from any Christian denomination and any part of the world. 

"Our first intake have been here for three and a half months and it's been an extraordinary journey. It's been beautiful, it's been challenging, it has been of God and I am deeply humbled, very excited for what the rest of this year will hold for the current members."

Shannon Preston, a residential member from Minnesota, USA, said: "Having two hours a day to pray is unreal and I'm not sure where I would get that outside of this year. I show up and trust that God is there as well. It's such a gift."

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