Hatfield Ministry Experience Scheme Pastoral Assistants

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Hatfield
Schemes
£100 per week plus accommodation

We are looking for up to three Pastoral Assistants to work in the parishes of Bishop's Hatfield and the University of Hertfordshire Chaplaincy.

You will be living in a shared house just off campus. This unique scheme will give you the opportunity to explore your vocation while:

· Gaining practical parish experience

· Working in a multi-faith student environment

· Living in community

Pastoral Assistants will start in January 2019 and be appointed for an initial term of 8 months which will be extendable.

The Hatfield scheme offers a unique mix of opportunities between the parish and University contexts. Each Pastoral Assistant will be allocated to work in one parish in the team, with opportunities to assist the Team Vicar in worship, leading prayers, preaching, youth work and pastoral visits. To provide experience of active ministry amongst young adults the group also works within the University Chaplaincy, taking a lead in daily worship, offering hospitality and undertaking outreach amongst a highly diverse student (and staff) population.

The opportunities available will depend on the skills and experience of the Pastoral Assistants, but include:

• leading worship, preaching and teaching in churches of differing traditions

• leading worship in the University Chaplaincy, with a greater emphasis on emerging worship styles

• engagement with people from a wide range of faith and cultural backgrounds

• exploring ministry in the setting of our 3 Church of England primary schools,

• Pioneer ministry in the ecumenical partnership to a new housing development on the former British Aerospace site known as The De Havilland Project.

• leading and developing music and choral traditions with our new and very creative Musical Director at St Etheldreda’s, this could include helping with Junior Choir -Y.E.S. (Young Etheldreda Singers) – or the brass group.

• developing the use of music in the Chaplaincy

• leading small group study,

• sharing in baptism preparation

• messy church,

• Family style worship

• Café Church

• Sports ministry

• Town centre ministry and community development

• Developing ministry to tourists with links to Hatfield House.

• Developing skills in the use of social media as a tool for ministry

• The ministry of hospitality in finding ways to welcome a wide range of students though activities such as International Cafés, at key Christian festivals and even encounters at one of our many Starbucks outlets

We are looking for enthusiastic people who will get stuck in to both parish and University life; who are willing to grow their faith and share it with others; and who will be comfortable working with people of diverse backgrounds. You must be under 25 and exploring your call to ministry within the Church of England.

The Diocese of St Albans consists of the counties of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and part of the London Borough of Barnet. There are twenty deaneries and 336 parishes. The Hatfield scheme offers a unique mix of opportunities between the parish and University contexts. Each Pastoral Assistant will be allocated to work in one parish in the team, with opportunities to assist the Team Vicar in worship, leading prayers, preaching, youth work and pastoral visits. To provide experience of active ministry amongst young adults the group also works within the University Chaplaincy, taking a lead in daily worship, offering hospitality and undertaking outreach amongst a highly diverse student (and staff) population. For further information please contact the Bishops Hatfield team at bhteamoffice@gmail.com or see our website www.stalbans.anglican.org/ministry/youngvocations