Dear friends, sadly we have had to make the decision to end the work of With due to financial difficulties. You can read a fuller explanation here.
For 150 years, All Hallows convent in Ditchingham has been a place for community, prayer and service. The sisters who lived there embodied and lived these out on a daily basis. Often this work had young people right at the very centre.
WITH is all about continuing that life of community, prayer and service, among the next generation. The opportunity to transform people's lives is huge. We've been given an incredible, historic convent. We're creating a space to pray with and for young people.
We're going to do this in three ways:
- WITH: Community, a body of Christians living on site and beyond, dedicated to a rule of life and prayer, with a shared commitment to serving young people.
- WITH: Retreat. A retreat centre facilitated by the community, where young people, and those who work with them, will come for single and multi-day retreats to receive spiritual nourishment, explore their relationship with God in engaging and creative ways, and improve their physical and mental wellbeing, learning new skills and reclaiming old ones that will enable them continue in their life of faith for years to come.
- WITH: Online. An online reflection of the rule of life in the form of an app, which will connect the physical With Community with a wider digital community, enabling those who have been on retreats or aren’t able to be present at the site to follow the With prayer rhythms remotely.
All the evidence that I have seen indicates there is no renewal in the church apart from a renewal of the Religious Life. Since becoming Archbishop I have worked, prayed and longed to see new forms of prayer communities within the tradition of monasticism. So this project thrills my heart.
The plans for All Hallows Ditchingham are amongst some of the most exciting proposals I have heard since I have been Archbishop. I commend the faith, the risk, the sacrifice and the tenacity of the team. And I can’t wait to see this community up and praying. I commend this step of faith for the sake of the renewal of the church and the glory of God.
Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby