Inviting young people to invest a year in creative engagement with faith, art and the city at St Peter Mancroft Norwich

We are looking to recruit three young people, inspired by our vision, and eager to create space for God in their lives and in the life of our community and city.  We are benefitting hugely from the presence of two participants this year, Michael and Ben.  Michael and Ben play a full role in our ministry team, sharing in the leading and planning of worship, including alternative services and the Christmas Eve Crib Service.  In this challenging year, they have played a vital role in developing our online services, social events, and study opportunities. 

We have the scope to further develop Creating Space for God with three new participants and are open to the year being shaped by the interests and passions of those who join us.  As we move out of the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, we are looking to be responsive and light footed in shaping our ministry and adapting to the changing circumstances and new opportunities that are opening up.  You are invited to give a year to helping us shape our engagement with the city through involvement in developing our worship, and creative engagement with the wider life of the church. 

A major project during Autumn 2021 is the exhibition of Gaia in St Peter Mancroft.  Gaia is an impressive six metre globe, created by Luke Jerram using detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface.  We are developing a programme of events around Gaia to explore the Climate Crisis and environmental issues.  This will include lectures, arts and cultural events, work with schools, and the Norwich Science Festival.  This will be carried into the year with further events responding to COP 26. 

We are also looking to develop a new strand of work exploring ways of responding to contemporary issues drawing on the stories and traditions of the Christian faith that is open and critically engaged.    A working title of ‘Living with the Questions,’ is helping to guide our thinking.  We are passionate about finding ways of telling the Christian story that resonate with the challenges that face contemporary society and will welcome enthusiastic and critical friends in this process.

We have recently become a HeartEdge Hub Church, part of the HeartEdge Network initiated by St Martin in the Fields in 2017.  HeartEdge is a movement for renewal, fuelled by people and churches sharing their assets, experience, resource and need.  An ecumenical network, HeartEdge brings together people to share ideas and experience, do theology and develop their church and community.  HeartEdge churches are committed to developing the four Cs of

  • Commerce: Generating finance via enterprise, creatively extending mission.
  • Culture: Art, music, performance re-imagining the Christian narrative for the present.
  • Congregation: Inclusive liturgy, worship and common life.
  • Compassion: Empowering congregations to address social need.

As a HeartEdge church we will provide theological support and opportunity for theological reflection by partnering with the Sheppard Scholars Scheme which will involve attendance at monthly half days of study and theological reflection led by Dr Sam Wells at St Martin-in-the-Fields, on Trafalgar Square in London.

As a civic church Mancroft has a formal role in the life of the city, including the Remembrance Day Service, Holocaust Memorial Day Service, Norwich Pride, and a range of carol services for organisations across the city. We have created an Earth Chapel within the church as a place for people to bring their prayers and thanksgiving for the environment.   We are also exploring more informal and creative services using art, poetry and literature. Services have included Taizé worship, Iona Community communion and healing services, and have addressed subjects including #MeToo, Christian Aid Week, and Climate Change. We have close links with our neighbouring church of St Stephen’s and the churches of Norwich East Deanery, and there will be opportunities to explore ministry in different settings through deanery networks.


Photo of the church reflected in the glass of The Forum

In addition to areas of ministry participants are interested in developing there is scope for working with music, bellringing, story and the arts, for example as one of our Choral Scholars or Organ Scholars. We are keen for you to help us expand the offer of the church building as a creative space for use by the community, for concerts and art installations. We have links with Extinction Rebellion Norwich and would be interested in exploring environmental issues with you, perhaps through strengthening our links with XR, developing the Earth Chapel, the eco-congregation movement, and raising awareness through partnership with campaigning organisations. We also work closely with the Mancroft Ringing Discovery Centre and are keen to develop links with the uniformed groups which meet in the Chantry Hall.

 We offer a committed and enthusiastic staff team, comprising of the Vicar (Edward Carter), Associate Priest (Fiona Haworth), Assistant Priest (Lorna Allies), Curate (Graham Kirk-Spriggs), Lay Reader (Gill Persicke), and Pastoral Care Coordinator (Julie Collis) as well as many other colleagues including the church wardens and wider team including the director of music, organist, bellringing coordinator and team of vergers.  Edward and Lorna share the role of Rural Dean in Norwich East Deanery. 

The Associate Priest will coordinate the scheme and provide support to the participants. 

We will provide accomodation within walking distance of the city centre, meeting all housing costs, and pay a weekly living allowance of £75, and meeting any expenses associated with your role.  

The Diocese of Norwich are offering support through the Diocesan Vocations team, and participants will meet regularly with the vocations outreach officer and, where appropriate, the Bishop’s Officer for Ordination and Initial Training. In addition, a mentor will be available, likely to be a curate, who will meet regularly with participants to offer support and a safe space to reflect with someone unconnected with the running of the scheme in Mancroft. 

​Read the Creating Space for God role description.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Revd Dr Fiona Haworth on Tel:  01603 615297 for an informal conversation. If you would like to apply, please send a current CV with the names of two referees and a letter of application outlining your interest in this role, and the interests and passions that you bring to it.