On Thursday 16th November, Sebastian and the other pastoral assistants of the NLPA (North London Pastoral Assistants Scheme) visited the Anchorage at the London School of Economics.
What is the Anchorage?
The Anchorage is a student church based at the LSE faith centre (the Saw Swee Hock building) which holds worship services every Sunday evening at 17:00. It was founded two years ago as a new worshipping community for students in London and attracts a wide-range of Christians from different backgrounds.
Welcome and presentation
We were welcomed with tea and coffee in the morning which was followed by an introduction by the Rev. James Walters (chaplain to the LSE). Dr. Walters spoke about the challenges of his ministry and the difficulties of ministering in a secular environment. The pastoral assistants listened attentively and an interesting discussion about university chaplaincy followed.
A Multi-faith centre
The LSE faith centre is home to all and sundry of the university’s faith groups and so is an interesting space and platform for inter-faith dialogue. It is an exemplar of tolerance and understanding and so well-supported by the university. Following Dr. Walters’ presentation, the Rev. Charlotte Bradley (chaplain to UCL) spoke about the role of the Anchorage and the work they do. Conversation continued with Mrs. Bradley and Dr. Walters over an excellent lunch in the canteen.
If you would like to find out more information about the Anchorage, please see their website here. Next month, the pastoral assistants will have a seminar led by Kentish Town’s own Fr. Peter Anthony on ‘What is the Bible and how should I read it?’