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 Becky.  Michael and Becky are part of our ministry team, sharing in the leading and planning of worship, including alternative services and the Christmas Eve Crib Service.  They are also developing new strands of work, including the relaunch of the Medieval tradition of appointing a Child Bishop, and planning a playscheme to run in Holy Week. 

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 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 the areas participants are interested in developingthere 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 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 are also exploring the possibility of accommodation within a community house.

We will provide theological support and opportunity for theological reflection and are 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 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.