CTC is engaging in an exciting experiment, in partnership with the Anglican parish which houses our offices.

The Community of St George – a group of lay Christians trained in community organising – is living in St George-in-the-East in Shadwell, as one component of an innovative partnership to renew the church’s life and outreach.

The impact of this lay community – on those who have joined it, and on the life of the parish – has led to plans to develop sister communities in other local congregations.


Each member of the community has a prayer guide, drawn from local Religious orders. Grounded in a common life of prayer, they help the parish to engage with and transform its neighbourhood. You can read more about the members of the Community and their day-to-day work here.

We’ll be posting regularly about developments in the Community and the wider parish on the CTC blog:

Green shoots of growth springing in an East London parish (Feb 2016)

Church at the heart of community fightback against Ripper Museum (May 2016)

The next stage of an exciting journey! (Sep 2016)

Church planting and community organising (Jan 2017)

The Community was launched in September 2015 at a service at St George-in-the-East with the Bishop of Stepney. CTC also launched ‘Deep Calls to Deep: Monasticism for the City,’ which looks at what the wider Church can learn from religious orders in the inner city. The Community is one of many ways in which Christians today are trying to learn from, and contribute to, the rich tradition of monastic life in the Church. 

If you’d like to find out more about the life of the Community, and especially if you might be interested in joining it, please email



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