Interns spend four days on the scheme as pastoral assistants which includes one day in college. Typically participants get a job in town for two days in the hospitality sector and have one day off.
From September 2019 members will join the students at Saint Mellitus College in Plymouth for one day a week of study enjoying themes in practical theology like mission and evangelisation.
The day begins and ends with prayer along with time for silence and contemplation. This is at the heart of what we do. In the house we have set aside a special place for doing this.
For Interns mainly there is the opportunity to do youth work. Some of this is with Youth For Christ Kingsbridge. This includes leading school assemblies, going to the secondary school CU, helping in a parent and toddler group.
There will be regular opportunity to discuss your life journey and sense of calling. This includes exploring authorised ministry within the Church of England with vocation advisors from this diocese.
There are plenty opportunities in the parish churches to help in visiting the housebound, shadowing the clergy and working in projects to help those that are struggling and in need, the sick, the lonely and the bereaved.
Members have been involved in delivering a range of worship services, including music ministry, reading, ushering, preaching, leading Services of the Word, etc.
A big part of your time is living in community at Swallows Nest our new house. This means eating together, managing the house, shopping ethically, and investing in each other. To help we provide a chaplaincy team to support and mentor you.