Placement in Earlham Ministry Experience Scheme


Posted on: Thursday 5 May 2022 | Diocese of Norwich


We are offering an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic young person who would like to gain experience of Christian ministry serving students in a diverse urban parish which includes the University of East Anglia (UEA), while you explore how God might be calling you to serve Him in the future.

Research and statistics show that the vast majority of people come to faith at a young age. Only 1% of the UK’s 2.3 million students are connected to church. This means that students represent the largest, clearly defined, unreached people group in the UK. This mission field is massive, and we would love for you to come and join this adventure!

The opportunity

  • Work with the Associate Vicar in Earlham, who is also one of the Chaplains at the UEA
  • Develop the student community in Earlham
  • Contribute to our evening service aimed at students and young people
  • Run events for students
  • Participate in wider community outreach
  • Assist with services across the community

This placement is supported by the Diocese of Norwich Ministry Experience Scheme. As part of the programme, you will be offered vocational and theological support as you listen to and discover where God might be leading you.

About us

Earlham is a large, mainly residential parish on the west side of Norwich with a population of around 22,000 people.  It is home to the UEA and also to seven schools, which reflects the relative youth of its population.  There are significant levels of deprivation in parts of the parish; about 50% of the housing is social housing.

Our vision is ‘To know Jesus, to make Him known, and to do this together’.  We are passionate about seeing the rule and reign of Jesus become a reality in Earlham; a transformation of the whole community as people hear about Jesus and see the Kingdom of God coming close to them.  We celebrate Earlham as a unique community which God loves made up of people He loves, whose lives He wants to see flourish in every way.

There are three churches in the parish, and we engage in different expressions of worship. The team in Earlham is growing, and we are seeing more local people meeting Jesus.

We will provide

Theological/leadership training:  likely to be provided either through HeartEdge run by St Martin in the Fields or St Mellitus.  This will be decided with you, depending on your interests and needs when appointed.

Vocational support:  regular conversations with a mentor, opportunity to meet with the Diocesan Vocations team, opportunity to have conversations with others.

Accommodation:  your own room in the Missional Community based at St Elizabeth’s Vicarage in Earlham.  The Missional Community is a shared house for up to four young adults, all part of the Earlham Team.

Living allowance:  £75 per week, paid monthly (from which you will contribute to living costs). We will cover any agreed expenses incurred during your role.

DBS and Safeguarding:  All participants will be DBS checked prior to commencing their placement and will be required to undertake the Church of England safeguarding training.

How to apply

Initial inquiries to Jennie Vitkovitch (Earlham Church Admin) at uryyb@rneyunz.puhepu Tel: 07848903148. You will then be put in touch with Rev Andy Woodman, Associate Vicar, who is leading the placement.




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