Team F.A.Q.

What is Lee Abbey London?

Lee Abbey London was established in 1964 as a hall of residence for international students, staffed by Christians. This residential community seek through their daily work, worship and lifestyle to ‘communicate Christ through relationships’. Lee Abbey London is part of the wider Lee Abbey Movement and is home to an international and ecumenical Christian community, with members drawn from many traditions and backgrounds.

The Christian community consists of about 30 people. We serve and provide hospitality to about 170 international students who live here with us.

Our lifestyle as a community focuses on the following areas:

  • Daily corporate worship and prayer
  • Hospitality to students and guests
  • Discipleship of community members
  • Friendship evangelism and living with a mission

For us, our life together in community is an essential part living out and sharing the Gospel. We believe that we are ‘loved into life’ – the abundant life promised by Jesus – as we develop warm, supportive and accepting relationships with God and with one another.

So it’s important that all community members, regardless of their area of work and responsibility, feel called to be part of this community and that they engage in all aspects of community life.

What will I do at Lee Abbey London?

You will be a residential community member and charity worker. We expect you to participate fully in all aspects of our community life and in our ministry to our students and guests. Joining Lee Abbey London means embracing a lifestyle of work, worship and service in community. An important part of community life is understanding that our work is an essential part of our ministry. As we serve each other and the students in the house, we are serving Christ.

Community members work with us for up to 30 hours per week on one of our teams (housekeeping/servery, office/reception, maintenance). You will be allocated to a team when you arrive. You will have two full days off each week.

We set aside at least three hours a week for teaching and discipleship. This takes place primarily in LALSoM (Lee Abbey School of Ministry) and small discipleship groups which meet every week. In addition, most days begin with a 30-minute time of devotion which may include worship, teaching and prayer.

On Wednesday evenings, we meet together as a community to worship and celebrate holy communion together. This is the our central act of worship each week.

In addition, we ask all community members to participate in planning and hosting the evening coffee bar and social activities for students. You should expect to be involved up to two evenings a week. The aim here is to build friendships with the students and share your faith story with them.

Living at Lee Abbey is hard work. It can be tiring, but it can also be very rewarding – particularly as you see God working through you to impact others.

        
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8.00Devotions
(30 min)
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Testimony
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C. MEETING
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1.00-2.00LUNCHLUNCHLUNCHLUNCHLUNCHLUNCHLUNCH
2:00WORKWORKWORKWORKWORKFun ActivityWORK
2.30-4.00WORKWORKWORKWORKWORKWORKWORK
4:00Coffee Break
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15 Minutes
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6.00 till 7.30DINNERDINNERDINNERDINNERDINNERDINNERGrab ’n’ Go
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7.00 till 8.00COFFEE BARCOFFEE BARCOFFEE BARCOFFEE BARCOFFEE BARCOFFEE BAR
8:00SPIRITUAL FORMATION GROUPSMonthly Worship, Event, Guest
9:00COMMUNION
W = Worship        T = Teaching          P = Prayer       C Meeting = Community Meeting        LALSoM  = Lee Abbey London School of Ministry
What do the different teams do?

Housekeeping/servery: This is the biggest team. You will help to keep the building clean, prepare rooms for new guests, serve meals and manage the dining room and washing-up area. This is all part of our ethos of serving others as though we are serving Christ. We want all students and guests to know they are loved by God. Often it is the small things that make a difference.

Office/reception: At Reception you are ‘God’s welcome’ to all students, guests, visitors, contractors and neighbours. You will need to be a confident English speaker, have a good telephone manner and be ready to go out of your way to help. You will learn to use our system to make bookings and take payments. You are the ‘face’ of Lee Abbey London, so being a people person, with a ready smile and a friendly word, is important.

Maintenance: There is never a boring day on the maintenance team. We live in an old building that requires a lot of love and attention. You will learn the basics of painting, decorating, gardening and general repairs.

Leadership team: This team consists of the senior staff members who help lead and direct the life and ministry of Lee Abbey London.

Who can apply to join the Community?

Anyone who is 18 or over who loves Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and who wishes to follow Him as a disciple is welcome to apply.

What is my room like?

Most community members share a bedroom, either a twin room or a triple, with your own bed, desk, wardrobe and drawers. All bedrooms have a basin and use of a shared bathroom on the corridor. Each bedroom comes with a phone, internet sockets and wi-fi access. Lee Abbey will provide your bed linen etc. Storage space is limited in our rooms so please pack carefully.

We will allocate you a room before you arrive. It is not normally possible to request a particular roommate

What is LALSOM and what will I learn?

he Lee Abbey London School of Ministry, LALSoM for short, is a teaching and discipleship class which runs for an hour on Wednesday mornings, followed by a discussion group in the evening. 

LALSoM runs throughout the year and all community members attend. The aim of the school is to provide thought-provoking and challenging material that will enable people to engage with their new identity in Christ, know that they are loved unconditionally by the Father and live Spirit-empowered lives. We provide for every community member on the topics we cover. There are no assignments or required study elements: all we ask for is a willingness to engage in open discussion and respect each other’s differences.

Will I have time off?

Yes, you will have two days off each week, although these might not be consecutive and may be on different days from week to week. In addition, you will also have 20 days’ holiday per annum to use as you wish plus the 8 bank holidays (public holidays). Lee Abbey is open every day of the year so if you are asked to work on a bank holiday you will be allocated a day off in lieu.

Holidays are not normally permitted over the Easter and Christmas periods, as these are important times of celebrations for our community family.

How much will I be paid?

We will give you an allowance of £47.50 per week: this is ‘pocket money’ for subsistence expenses. You will not need to pay for your food, utilities (gas, water, electricity, internet etc) or Council Tax. If you use the telephone in your room, you will be charged for any calls you make.

What training/personal development can I expect to receive?

You will receive different types of input. We will train you in the skills specific to your team, to keep you safe and help you carry out your duties. This training is given through short sessions in-house or on-the-job supervision.

In LALSoM and small discussion groups, we will give you discipleship training and a practical grounding in theology. This is to help you grow in your walk with God and give you confidence to share your faith story with others.

We also offer life coaching to those who would like it. You will be paired with a trained coach (usually a more senior member of the team). They will help you explore any life issues you choose: you set the agenda. These discussions are confidential.

Are Romantic relationships allowed at Lee Abbey London?

We don’t encourage exclusive or romantic relationships as these may have a negative effect on community life. We believe that God has called us here to live, work and seek God in community, and this should be our priority.

However, if you do develop feelings for another person during your time at Lee Abbey London, we’re here to support you and pray with you.

Will I have to pay for healthcare in the UK?

If you are citizen of a European Union country, you will be covered for healthcare by the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. This is free for most healthcare, although there are charges for prescriptions and dental treatment.

If you are from outside the European Union, you will only be able to receive basic outpatient treatment from the NHS without being charged. You must take out additional health insurance before you travel to the UK as health charges can be very expensive.

We recommend that you visit a dentist before coming to the UK as dental treatment in this country can be very expensive (even for EU citizens).

Will I need a visa?

If you are from a European Union country, you will not need a visa to work at Lee Abbey London as a charity worker.

If you are from outside the EU, you will require a Tier 5 (charity worker) visa. We cannot accept applicants on a tourist visa. Tier 5 visas are granted for a maximum of 12 months.

A Tier 5 (charity worker) visa is expensive. The current application price is £225, and you may be expected to pay an additional healthcare surcharge (£200) and for tuberculosis screening (prices vary), before you can submit your visa application.

If you are accepted for community membership, you will be given full instructions on how to apply for your visa, together with your invitation letter. Please do not apply for a visa before receiving your formal invitation from Lee Abbey London.

What happens once I have submitted my application?

When we receive your application, we will check to make sure it is completed fully and all required documents have been submitted. If everything is in order, we will contact your three referees and ask them to fill in a reference form. If your referees are located outside the UK or do not speak English, this process may take some time.

Once we have received your referees’ comments, your application will be reviewed by the senior leadership team. At that point we may request a Skype or telephone interview with you.

If you’re successful, we will then invite you to join our community – and look forward to welcoming you.