The Community of St Hugh is a community called to pray in, with and for our diocese. It may be our initiative but we believe it was called into being by God. Membership is open to anyone, regardless of age or experience. It invites you to deepen your worship and prayer, discipleship and service.

Prayer is at the heart of our Christian life. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has said:

“If we want to see things changed, it starts with prayer. It starts with a new spirit of prayer, using all the traditions, ancient and modern. When it comes, it will be linked to what has gone before, but it will look different – because it is a new renewal for new times. God’s created community is perfectly designed for its time and place. It almost always comes from below. It comes from Christians seeking Christ.” 

And a former Bishop of Lincoln, Edward King, wrote: “What we need are more Christ-like Christians”

The Community of St Hugh is our response to these calls to deepen prayer and become more like Jesus.

Community members are encouraged to develop a rule of life based around three headings, and in line with our diocesan priorities of 

  •  worship
  •  discipleship
  •  service 

but also develop their own detailed patterns in response to these headings. Each member is encouraged to give time to discerning through prayer how they might respond to each heading. 



Contact information is available at the foot of the page. During 2018 we produced and distributed a series of newsletters, which are available upon request. The newsletters produced during 2019 will appear below:

We are building up a range of resources to help you develop your rule of life: 

  • an introductory message from Bishop Christopher:

  • a short film featuring Stephen Hoy, Diocesan Spirituality Adviser, which offers an introduction to developing a rule of life as a member of the community:

Further information
We are currently in a pilot phase and plan to launch formally later this year. If you would like to be part of the Community of St Hugh pilot project, please email us or contact us at Edward King House by post.