Have you ever considered sharing your Christian journey with a group of like-minded young adults living together in community? The Anglican Church Southern Queensland’s Community of The Way is inviting applications for 2023. And, we eagerly welcome chats with young adults who want to find out more about joining this unique intentional community.
Eleanor Reid is a second year high school education student. She has been a residential member of the community for two years. In the future she hopes to become an English teacher and serve in a regional or rural parish to help continue the work of the Church there.
Eleanor especially loves the diversity of people in Community of The Way: “I enjoy learning from each other, as we all have different views, approaches, and tastes to share.”
So, what is involved?
Being part of an intentional Christian community is a unique experience of deepening faith while journeying with others. Daily prayer, developing faith, increasing knowledge of God’s Word and service to others all come together to grow the Community, both individually and collectively. Things like Morning and Evening Prayer, communal meals, study groups, parish youth work, and social and community work punctuate the week. All of this is liberally sprinkled with a sense of growing relationships in community and, of course, fun.
Who can become Community of The Way members?
The invitation is open for people under the age of 30 years, who are single and committed to remaining single throughout their membership with the Community; are active in their local Anglican parish; baptised and confirmed; embrace the comprehensive breadth of Anglicanism within our Diocese; can demonstrate a regular daily prayer life; have a developing working knowledge of Scripture; want to explore intentional Christian Community life and are ready to commit to regular community activities, such as prayer, formation, contemplation and social action; and, need only to engage in minimal external work or study for the year of being in Community.
This may seem like a big list, however, these are simply guiding principles aimed to ensure that people who enter the Community will be able to make the most out of their time and super-charge their relationship with God.
Where is the Community of The Way?
The Community of the Way is located at St Francis Theological College. The College provides a peaceful setting, centrally located, to engage in the work of the Community. If you have never seen the College, please contact the Chaplain for a tour.
How can I apply to be a Community of The Way member?
If you are interested in applying to become a member of the Community of The Way, the first step is to have a discussion with the Chaplain of the Community of The Way, John Rolley. Also, talk it over with your Parish Priest, family and friends.
If you are still interested, then visit the Community of The Way’s website and complete the online application form found on the ‘Becoming a Member’ page. On this page, there is more detail about the application and discernment process.
The application process is now open and will close at the end of August.
Whom can I chat with?
The Chaplain of the Community of The Way is looking forward to discussing any questions with you. You can contact John via email@example.com or phone on 07 3514 7400 or mobile on 0404 716 175.