Ready to get involved? Here’s how the application process works.
Because our internship is primarily aimed at encouraging and supporting young people in discerning a call to Christian ministry, we have a programme based loosely on the academic year. In other words, we generally start in September and our study courses and placements follow the usual term times, and we have a long holiday in August!
In any case, we always welcome initial enquiries. You don’t have to be certain at this stage that this is what you’re looking for – there is plenty of time to get to know us, to mull things over, to chat with your guides and advisers. The sooner you apply, the sooner we can get to know you! And do bear in mind that places are limited to four people.
In the first instance, send us an email saying a bit about yourself, your church background and why you’re interested. Our community warden, Tess Lowe, will send you an application form, and you can ask any questions you might have over email or phone or skype, to see if we might be the opportunity you’re looking for. If you apply, we’ll invite you to stay as our guest for a weekend, to get a flavour of the place, to chat with local clergy and our existing community, and visit one or two of the churches we serve.
If at the end of this process everyone is convinced that this is the right place for you to be, you’ll be invited to join us. And if you’re still not quite sure, there’s always the opportunity to ‘test the water’ by visiting again for a couple of weeks, living, praying and working with the current interns to clarify if this is what you’re seeking.
There’s no strict age limit for applications, though we do give priority to those aged 30 or under. We only ask that you’re single and considering a call to ministry in the Church of England.
We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexuality, disability, ethnicity, colour or social background, and we welcome applications from all those under-represented in the Church of England.
We look forward to meeting you!