A Guide to Prayer

A Window Into a Way to Deepen Our Connection With God

a 6-week email prayer guide

Welcome to the Anchor House

a place to practice prayer

The Anchor House is a gathering place for many who seek a deepening connection with God that makes a difference in who they are with God, self, others, and the created world. The Anchor House is stewarded by The Center for Christian Spirituality as an extension and expression of the ministry of Chapelwood UMC to embody grace. The house and grounds offer a welcoming and inviting sacred space that fosters prayer, creativity, learning, and community for individuals and groups.

We have developed this Prayer Guide to give you an introduction to The Anchor House and to the spirituality of The Center that is practiced within The Anchor House and its grounds. 

Christian Spirituality and Icons

The full name of our community is The Center for Christian Spirituality. We have been shaped by various contemplative teachings and practices within Christianity. To honor these and as a way to remind ourselves of the grace we have received through them, many of our rooms have been dedicated to key historical Christians who embodied that perspective or practice. You will find icons or images of their likenesses in the particular room dedicated to that aspect of Christian spirituality. In many ways, we understand these persons as fellow “companions” in our journey into God. The icon then serves as a window into a way to deepen our connection with God.
St. Benedict of Nursia

Benedict of Nursia

Julian of Norwich

Julian of Norwich

Columbia of Iona

Columbia of Iona

Ignatius of Loyola

Ignatius of Loyola

Teresa of Avila

Teresa of Avila

Thomas Merton

Thomas Merton

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