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. You are invited to give a year to helping us shape our engagement with the city through involvement in our regular round of worship, and through creative engagement with the wider life of the church.  As a civic church we have 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 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 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

We are open to the role being shaped by the interests of those we recruit, but 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 would also be interested in exploring environmental issues with you, perhaps through the eco-congregation movement, developing a repair café, 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), Curate (Graham Kirk-Spriggs) and Lay Reader (Gill Persicke), as well as many other colleagues including the church wardens, a pastoral care coordinator, and wider team including the director of music, organist, bellringing coordinator and team of vergers.
 
The Associate Priest will coordinate the scheme and provide support to the participants.  
 
We will provide housing (your own room) with a member of the congregation, meeting all housing costs, and pay a weekly allowance of £75, out of which you’d be contributing towards food costs.
 
We will provide theological support and opportunity for theological reflection and will be 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.
 
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 Mancroft.  

 

Interested? Click here to find out more about the role and how to apply.