FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What age do you have to be to join?
The ministry experience scheme (MES - programme 1) is limited to those aged 18 to 30 due to the Church of England grants.
I live abroad can I come?
At present the scheme is only available to British/EU citizens who can reside and legally take up employment here. However, we have applied to the Home Office to be a sponsoring body and hope to have authorisation by October.
What is the faith criteria for entry?
You must be a practising Christian, ie. someone who professes the Christian faith and be a member of a church or chaplaincy.
Is it limited to Anglicans?
No, but the charity operates in an Anglican context.
What about Covid19?
You cannot join if you are deemed vulnerable to Covid19. As with university student accommodation the new community will become a bubble. Participants will be expected to follow the guidelines of the Church of England on these matters.
How is it funded?
The charity receives various grants including from the National Church. We aim to meet all costs including food and weekly pocket money.
Is it "high church" or "evangelical"?
It is in one sense both. The warden, Daniel, is a keen promoter of a generous orthodoxy and C S Lewis' notion of a 'mere Christianity' which combines both evangelical sensibilities and passion with catholic spirituality. Our participants have been a mix of high and low churchmanship.
Can I join if I am in a relationship?
We ask that ministry experience participants are be able to give fully of themselves to this special year. If you are in a relationship then you will have to ask yourself how consuming and distracting this could be to your time here? With this in mind we ask that participants follow the same guidelines of professional conduct of the clergy with regards to sexual conduct and acknowledge the Biblical principles of holiness where sexual relations are contained in exclusively in marriage.
Is this community open to both men and women?
Men and women are welcome.
Where is it?
The new house is in the idilic village of Malborough, a minute's walk from the church and two miles from Salcombe and the beaches.
Are there young people around?
Yes, and particularly in the summer when hundreds of seasonal workers are taken into employments. There is a quite a buzz about the place.
Is there opportunity for youth work?
The scheme links in with Youth for Christ Kingsbridge and we expect you to volunteer with them for at least half a day a week. In the past two years the majority of pastoral work has been youth-based and Fresh Expression based.
How is selection done?
You apply via this website we will then make a decision about inviting you to a Zoom interview.
Will I need to be DBS checked?
Yes, unless you have already been checked in the Diocese of Exeter and this is current. We will still ask you make a confidential declaration irrespective of whether you have a DBS or not? This is because you will be working with children and vulnerable adults.
What are the entry points?
We start in autumn 2020 for the ministry experience scheme.
Is there a time probation period for programme 1?
Yes, six weeks. At the end you will be interviewed to see if this is right for you.
What if I am in the Church of England discernment process?
The Diocesan Director of Ordinands of your diocese and this diocese will have a conversation about how your discernment process may continue.
Is this only for future vicars?
No, last year we took a former teacher and watched him find his true vocation as an artist.
What are the practical arrangements?
Residents each have their own bedroom. Each room is furnished but please bring your own bedding. Business journeys are reimbursed at 45p/mile for car owners. Residents take it turns to do jobs around the house including cooking and cleaning .
What about meal times?
Residents are expected to cook communal healthy meals. In the past some have grown their own vegetables. Special diets can be catered for.
Can I come if I have a disability?
For ministry experience candidates the is both mentally and physically challenging and we would need to have a further discussion to see if this were possible.
Do I get time off in the year?
We allow for the same kind of holiday time as anyone working in a full-time job might expect. Members tend to have Monday off.
I'm not very good at praying - does this matter?
All that is needed is a willingness to have a go and an openness to guidance. We are not looking for spiritual experts from day one.
What guidance will be provided?
The local clergy, Daniel French, Christian Hill along with Mrs Judy Bailey provide pastoral support. The parish administrator Debbie Plummer gives some advice and time in running the scheme on a practical level. Bishop Nick, the Bishop of Plymouth acts as overseers ('Visitor') of the whole scheme. The diocese also provides access to spiritual directors who see members once a month for an informal conversation about participants' spiritual life.
Can my parents come to visit?
Yes, and we can help find accommodation for them?
Will I be comfortable worshipping in the local churches?
We have three local Anglican Churches, Holy Trinity Salcombe, All Saints Malborough, Holy Trinity Galmpton. All three are very welcoming friendly churches. See www.salcombechurch.co.uk They have something for everyone ranging from a 60 member Gospel Choir, Messy Church, Sunday Eucharists, Evensong, Taize Services, etc. We also from time to time link up with the HTB Resource church in Plymouth - St Matthias.
Why is it called St Peter's Foundation?
St Peter comes from the fact Malborough Church used to be called that in the 19th century. The cathedral in Exeter is also named after the apostle and so has a special place in the heart of the diocese. The word 'foundation' reminds us that much of the work of this charity is building foundations for future Christian leaders.
Is there wifi, phone, TV?
Yes, there is wifi, mobile phone signal and a telephone. There is a large TV in the living room.
What does it cost?
Interns do not have to pay anything though any donations or fundraising is always welcome. As a provider for the Ministry Experience Scheme (programme 1) we get a lump sum grant from the Church of England which we pass onto each individual in monthly installments (essentially £250 per week). All food and utilities bills are covered by us.
For research interns (programme 2) we will negotiate a similar bursary as above privately.