The Stepney Area is looking to appoint up to eight Interns from September 2020. The scheme is a year’s opportunity to serve God in parishes in Islington, Hackney or Tower Hamlets, and has been running as part of the Church of England's Ministry Experience Scheme (MES). If you are aged 18-30 and interested in living out your discipleship in an urban context and exploring a vocation to ministry, lay or ordained, this may be for you.
The scheme includes parish ministry, community living, and time for study and vocational discernment. By serving with others in places of need and opportunity in London, you will be challenged to think about God’s call to work for his kingdom in areas of poverty, unemployment and social inequality.
The Intern Scheme
The Intern Scheme will provide a range of opportunities for you to explore ministry.
These might include leading worship, preaching and teaching, pastoral work, mission and evangelism, youth work, schools work, social transformation projects, and community engagement with other partners. The work you will be involved with will depend on the parish you are placed with and your gifts for ministry.
Parish placements vary, but recent placements have included: St Anne's Hoxton, St Mary Upper Street, St Nicholas Poplar, Tollington Team, St Paul's Old Ford and St John's Hoxton (see useful links page).
You will be encouraged to develop your own particular strengths and interests, and the roles have flexibility to allow them to grow and develop around the individual. As an Intern you will be allocated a clergy supervisor in your parish. There is also an opportunity for study, and for ongoing vocational discernment, including for those already exploring a vocation to ordained ministry. Accommodation will be provided where Interns will live together in community, though serving in different parishes. There will be a chaplain to serve the pastoral needs of the community. During the year you will be encouraged to go on retreat, and the costs for this will also be paid for.
For more details, see 'What we offer.'