About Us

The Sisters at St Michael’s Convent, Gerrards Cross are members of the Community of the Sisters of the Church, a worldwide Anglican Religious Order with ministries as far afield as the Solomon Islands, Australia and Canada, as well as those in the UK

Founded by Emily Ayckbowm in 1870, our history is associated with child care, religious education, teaching and work with the marginalised. Today, many who come here for a time of quiet reflection are, themselves, involved in outreach to others.

For over 65 years, St. Michael's Convent, Ham Common was home to many of the Sisters in the UK Province. Over the years a ministry of hospitality evolved and we felt privileged to welcome guests into our Convent home. Sadly, it became clear that our life at Ham was not sustainable. More importantly, perhaps, it also seemed that God might be calling us to something new. Our discernment led us to the house formerly known as Howard House (Perseverance Trust) - now St. Michael's Convent - in Vicarage Way, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. 

After a long period in transition, we are now settled in our new home and, again, feel deeply privileged to be stewards of a beautiful house and garden –  dedicated to prayer and Religious Community – which we are able to share with others.

We are also committed to renewing interest in the Religious Life and welcome enquiries from those interested in joining us, or in living alongside the Community without lifetime commitment.


Is God calling you to be a monk, a nun, a brother or a sister in an Anglican Community? Have you ever wondered if this life was for you? In association with Anglican Religious Communities across the UK, we are very pleased to welcome anyone interested in exploring these possibilities for a day, or longer.

Please contact us for further information.

Alongsiders (currently full)

Looking for a change? Searching for a different way of life? Longing to slow down to live more fully? We too are searching, looking for people to come and share in our way of life at St Michael’s Convent. Opportunity to slow down, to have a more contemplative style of life, to develop gifts. A large garden to play and work in, maybe a chance to develop new talents, to join in with our worship and singing in Chapel. Times to share together and time to be alone. Time to grow in prayer.

If any of this touches your heart do get in touch with us to learn more of our way of life and the possibility of coming to be with us for a while.