The Wellspring Community Peckham is a new monastic community, a fresh expression of church of St Luke’s Parish (Camberwell) in Peckham in the Woolwich Episcopal area of the Diocese of Southwark. As such it is made up of those who are pursuing the Christian spiritual life, a way of wholeheartedly following Christ, setting the Gospel into practice. We pray that by offering our lives in this way, we might together become a resource and treasure that enriches the whole of life of the church.
We recognise the inspiration of many throughout the centuries – saints, mystics, monastics, mendicants and artists, seeking to offer hospitality and conversation to all. We seek to live in a way that is both relevant to modern culture and to God, by finding God in the midst of everyday life. We welcome all to share their lives and learning with us as we continue to journey on…..
Inspired by Franciscan, Ignatian and Benedictine spirituality and practice, we recognise four different spaces of belonging that relate to stages of faith and our central charisms and seasonal vows.
Associates – those who live at a distance from the community, who support the community in prayer and financial support, and attend events when able.
Aspirants – those who are spiritually journeying with the community who aspire to live to some of the charisms of the community but are not yet ready to commit to being a follower of Jesus Christ.
Participants – those who are committing to following Jesus Christ but not ready yet to commit to the seasonal vows because of pressures of work or other issues that prevent regular weekly participation in the worship, mission and community life of the community.
Professed – those who have made a commitment to the seasonal vows and participate in the regular weekly rhythm of prayer, community and service.