Community Experience Programme 2019-20

The Lunesdale Community is an ecumenical, residential Christian community, formed in 2015. We are based in the village of Halton, just outside Lancaster, in the picturesque Lune Valley. Starting by receiving a “small provisional community” sent by the Taizé Community, we have been joined by a variety of people for longer or shorter periods of time, united by the desire to live a pattern based around regular prayer together with others.

A few community members have moved on to new challenges recently, so we have taken the opportunity to reflect on the experience gained over the past four years. The result has been a plan to offer something quite different from this Autumn. We are extending the invitation for a group of new members to join us at the same time, with a specific focus for the year, and also for local churches and other organisations to partner with us.

Spending a year living at the Lunesdale Community means entering fully into the pattern of life of the community. The daily life is structured around times of contemplative prayer, morning and evening, in the style of Taizé. Meals are prepared and shared communally and there is opportunity for relaxation and spending time together and individually. In addition to life in the community house, each member commits to a project for the duration of the year, to which they will devote their working hours.

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