Whalley Abbey Community Volunteers

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A one-year volunteer programme in which you offer ‘a year or two in God’s time’ to be part of a religious community dedicated to prayer, hospitality and training in discipleship.

Inspired by the Cistercian tradition of the site, you will be involved in a daily pattern of prayer, study and manual work designed to help you grow in your relationship with God.

The programme will usually run for 11 months, from 1 September – 31 July.

The programme is aimed at adults over 21.

Accommodation will be provided in the house.

An allowance of £330 per month will be paid.

Time off – one fixed day a week and an extra day off each month, plus 4 weeks annual leave. Annual leave would not be taken on major Christian festivals.

An enhanced DBS check will be required for all community members.

Start date: 1 September 2021.

Support will be provided to develop a package of learning and training that will be tailored to each candidate’s needs. This will include funding for job related training and help in finding bursaries for funding for appropriate academic qualifications.

  • Maintaining a rhythm of worship and prayer, with daily hours of prayer and participation in the regular celebration of the eucharist
  • Study and mentoring – receiving teaching, training and mentoring in faith, developing your gifts and being equipped for future ministry. Each member will be encouraged to have a spiritual director/companion outside of the Abbey community.
  • Ministry of hospitality to visitors – helping to receive guests, look after their needs and provide a listening ear and prayer support as requested
  • Manual work – contributing to the work of the house by helping with the practical running of the retreat programmes and lending a hand with other everyday tasks such as cleaning, housekeeping, serving and catering, guest services and event duties as needed, including being available for evenings on call on a rota basis
  • Evening and night time cover – as the community will be sleeping in, you will take turns to be on call in case of emergency whenever guests are resident.

You will be encouraged to make a distinctive contribution according to your gifts, skills and interests, and the needs of the house. In this way the community would be enriched from year to year according to the differing gifts of its members.

To apply please fill in attached application form