Ready to get involved? Here’s how the application process works.
Because our internship is primarily aimed at encouraging and supporting young people in discerning a call to Christian ministry, we have a programme based loosely on the academic year. In other words, we start in September and our study courses and placements follow the usual term times, and we have a long holiday in August!
We’re inviting applications now from anyone who might wish to consider joining us in September 2017. You don’t have to be certain at this stage – there will be plenty of time to get to know us, to mull things over, to chat with your guides and advisers. We have no application deadline as such, but places are limited and offered on a first-come-first-served basis, so the sooner you apply, the sooner we can get to know you!
In the first instance, send us an email saying a bit about yourself, your church background and why you’re interested. Our community warden, Tess Lowe, will send you an application form, and you can ask any questions you might have over email or phone or skype, to see if we might be the opportunity you’re looking for. If you apply, we’ll invite you to stay as our guest for a weekend, to get a flavour of the place, to chat with our priest-in-charge and existing community, and visit one or two of the churches we serve. We’ll also discuss with you whether Stithians or Penzance is the most suitable location for you to be.
If at the end of this process everyone is convinced that this is the right place for you to be, you’ll be invited to join us in September. And if you’re still not quite sure, there’s always the opportunity to ‘test the water’ by visiting again for a couple of weeks, living, praying and working with the current interns to clarify if this is what you’re seeking.
There’s no strict age limit for applications, though we do give priority to those aged 30 or under. We only ask that you’re single and considering a call to ministry in the Church of England.
We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexuality, disability, ethnicity, colour or social background, and we welcome applications from all those under-represented in the Church of England.
We look forward to meeting you!