St Columba East London is a new community for Hackney Wick and Fish Island founded by the Church of England.
The Church of England ordains Women and Men to care for the souls of those people in each parish, and we want to create a community that provides space for this.
Life takes many twists and turns as we journey through it, we experience joy and pain, happiness and sorrow, connection and disconnection, these contrasting experiences can lead to an unrest of the soul.
Spirituality can be described as addressing this unrest of the soul and we want to help people explore their spirituality and as we do this together, develop a deep sense of community.
Our hope is that St Columba will be a community where people can be open about their journey, where we can learn from each other and where we can bring people together to talk about life, its issues, it joys and celebrate life in all its diversity.
We want to be part of the local the community walking with people as they journey and creating space with them so they can explore these issues of the soul. We're not about asking people to fit into structures and formats but we want to be known as people who care about the issues facing both individuals and the community that we live in.
Jesus once said “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Mathew 11:28-30 The Message)
This is how we want to approach community, rooted in the ancient practices of contemplation learning to be present and standing in solidarity with one another. Learning to appreciate the whole of creation, taking time to reflect on life's experiences whilst helping to grow a community that seeks to serve one another, always seeking the best for each other.
With so many changes happening in Hackney Wick and Fish Island we will constantly seek ways to help build community. Where we can, facilitating activities that bring people together allowing the community of St Columba to be a resource for this area helping to bring a deeper sense of connection between people centered in hope and love.