- Ministry Experience Scheme
- The Diocese of York Ministry Experience Scheme
We are recruiting two MES participants who
will be based at Wydale Hall (wydale.org), near Scarborough.
Wydale is the retreat and conference centre for the Diocese of York, which
lives out its calling as 'A prayerful community renewing the church’s mission',
and is situated near Yorkshire’s east coast and on the edge of the North York
Moors. Working under the dynamic leadership of its two resident managers, this
vital part of the life of our diocese is set in beautiful countryside within
its own large and well-kept grounds. This exciting opportunity is fairly
unique among the schemes as it offers an experience of the deeply rural parish,
economically deprived coastal areas, and a ministry of hospitality.
The Hall has a small resident community who
keep a pattern of prayer and welcome, and offers event space and a centre for
retreats, both individual and group. As a base for a year-long MES,
participants will be able to join in the work of the hospitality team, engage
with a wide range of events held at the Hall, experience rural ministry in the
local parishes, and also in the context of the more urban communities on the
coast where life can be tough. The MES is free to do with expenses and accommodation included.
The year will give the opportunity to
experience ministry in a variety of challenging contexts under the supervision
of experienced practitioners, to engage in vocational discernment, and to
deepen your own discipleship through study within the diocese’s provision. You
will also share the life of this community as part of the Wydale family. As
part of the Wydale team you will gain unique insights into ministry on all
levels – lay and ordained, student ministry, quiet retreats, family events, and
also seeing our bishops and Archbishop at work. The Hall also hosts national
discernment panels for those exploring ordained ministry.
Because of its rural setting, a driving licence would be
very helpful, as would having your own car if you are wanting to make full use
of the local area. It is a mile walk to the main road for a bus, and 1½ to the
nearest village. It is a 20 minute drive into Scarborough and less than an hour
To explore becoming a participant, please
contact the Diocesan Director of Ordinands (DDO): firstname.lastname@example.org or ring: 07354 451695.
To find out more about Wydale Hall or to arrange an informal visit, please email: email@example.com
or ring: 01723 859270.