Intern Role Description
Launde Abbey is a leading Anglican retreat house and conference centre serving the two dioceses of Leicester and Peterborough, but also with an ecumenical and national profile. Currently celebrating 900 years since the founding of the original priory it is set in a beautiful and historic site. Its principal purpose is articulated as “A place to encounter God, refreshing spirits, inspiring minds and transforming lives” and it seeks to realise that through offering hospitality for retreats, both individual and corporate, courses and meetings undergirded by a regular rhythm of shared prayer and worship.
- The ministry is delivered first through the Launde Programme of retreats and courses which are offered across the year.
- Launde also provides a base of Christian hospitality for many other groups who come to run their own programme making use of both staff and facilities to realise their aims.
- Day visitors are welcomed every day to use the dining room for coffee, lunches and teas and enjoy the beautiful gardens and parkland.
- There is also a growing ministry of spiritual direction and support for individuals who come to Launde for their own growth, learning and refreshment.
- There is a rhythm of three services a day in the chapel which includes a pattern of intercession for the wider church and world.
- Concerts, literature lectures, School visits and other special events bring people of all faiths and none to Launde
In summary our calling is one of prayer and hospitality in order to create a generous and welcoming space where people can come and find time to be with God. Again and again we hear people talking of the special atmosphere of this place and we seek to be good stewards of this unique resource for deepening discipleship and clarifying God’s call to people and the church.
We are looking to appoint an intern for a year’s placement at Launde. Accommodation is available in the form of a small two bedroomed flat at the top of the main house. All main meals will be provided by the Abbey. The role will offer an opportunity to be involved fully in the life of the Abbey to support its ministry of prayer and hospitality. Being a car owner will be an advantage to any applicant as we are in the middle of the countryside although the nearest town Oakham is only six miles away and has a railway station connecting Leicester, Birmingham. Peterborough and Cambridge.
The intern will be expected to work for forty hours a week with two days off. Some of this will be flexitime as negotiated and may include evenings and weekends. Particular duties may depend on the gifts and experience of the person: for instance gifts of music, or art, or administration or the ability to work with children and young people could all be incorporated into the role. However the broad themes of the role will include:
- being part of the praying community and sharing in the leadership of the services and the care of the chapel
- supporting the spiritual programme of Launde as able and required.
- assisting the Business Manager as directed through administration or reception duties
- sharing overnight on call responsibilities with the on site community (handling late arrivals, sleeping in the flat and very occasionally being available for an emergency)
- other duties which could include supporting the teams in housekeeping, the kitchen or garden.
a course or study day could well be integrated into the role according to needs
Who we are seeking
The role would suit anyone interested in people who wants to deepen their spiritual life.
- You could be a young person on a gap year before or after higher education
- You could be someone who is exploring a vocation to ordination or another ministry and want some space to do that and gain experience
- You could be someone taking early retirement or facing a career change
The main requirements are a genuine faith, a desire to serve God and people, and an ability to be welcoming and caring towards the wide range of people who come to Launde. You will need to be at home with a liturgical and contemplative style of worship and prayer. However a huge range of people come to Launde from the local area, across the country and even overseas; from the historic denominations and new churches; from bishops and their staff to those just setting out in faith. So you will gain a real experience of the width and shape of Christian faith from a lot of different settings and perspectives.
How to apply
If you would like to explore this further then please contact the warden David Newman on 01572 717254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or send a CV and brief letter describing why you are interested in the role to:
The Ven. David Newman
We will need two referees, one of whom should be the leader of your church.