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A Ministry Trainee job in a growing Bible teaching, Anglican church in a beautiful historic building on the edge of Stevenage, just 30 miles north of London.

About the Role

St. Nicholas Church, Stevenage is looking for a Ministry Trainee keen to explore and develop their gifting for future ministry within the Anglican Church or elsewhere.  St Nicholas is a growing church situated on the northern edge of Stevenage, a town of some 85,000 people with excellent transport links to London and the north.  The church has a diverse congregation and would be able to offer a wide range of ministry opportunities including Sunday preaching.

You will be trained and supported throughout, and whilst the particulars of the role will be tailored to your own gifting and interests, you will have the opportunity to see every aspect of church life. The church will pay for your training one day a week in Cambridge with TEAM, a training scheme which is part of the East Anglia Gospel Partnership.  We will also send you to the 9:38 annual conference in January.

Although the role is largely voluntary, we will cover all the costs of your training at TEAM, give you a bursary for books and resources, and provide you with accommodation.  At present we expect this to be in a shared house with Ministry Trainees from other churches across Stevenage, but we are open to discuss other arrangements with you.

Over the last 6 years St. Nicholas Church has been changing and growing, and now has an established pattern of expositional Bible teaching, a growing number of home groups, and a firm and active commitment to evangelism and discipleship. We are looking for someone with the gifts and enthusiasm to help and support this growth and who would enjoy the chance to be a part of it.  St Nicholas is also part of a joint benefice with St Mary Graveley, a smaller church in a nearby village.  St Mary’s has a more traditional style to its services but the preaching pattern is the same and the church has strong links with the local primary school.  Both churches also work in partnership with the town’s other evangelical churches, and are active in the local Deanery and with Churches Together in Stevenage. 

As well as personal mentoring, shared Bible reading and the external training, there are a number of opportunities within church life in which you could be involved.  These include:

  • Helping to run our termly Christianity Explored/Identity courses
  • Involvement with Baptism/Confirmation preparation courses
  • Helping with the production and the door to door distribution of our monthly magazine
  • Giving talks at midweek events and elderly residential homes
  • Joining the core planning team for our 4.30pm family-friendly service
  • Leading Sunday groups for children on some Sunday mornings
  • Helping to start up a mid-week youth group
  • Leading or co-leading a home group and sharing with leading Bible studies
  • Opportunities to work collaboratively with other churches across the town
  • Leading assemblies in local primary schools and secondary school CUs

As well as some (but quite minimal) practical jobs in and around the church, you would also be able to see what’s involved in normal parish ministry, e.g. weddings, funerals and PCC meetings, which would be valuable experience if you are considering Anglican Ordination.

We hope you will be interested.  If you have any questions, if you’d like to visit us or apply for the position please get in touch. Contact details are as follows: email or Tel 01438 213587. As you might expect – the appointment is subject to an interview, enhanced DBS check and good references.