(Ministry Experience Scheme)
The Residential aspect of Encounter is aimed at people aged 18-25 who are able to give a year full time to exploring God’s call on their lives. It is open to young people who are committed to growing as disciples of Jesus, willing to live in community with others and able to serve in a placement parish in the Romford area for one year.
Like an extended period of work experience, Encounter - Residential enables participants to gain a first-hand understanding of all aspects of parish ministry and beyond. It provides a fantastic opportunity for those identifying just the very faintest ‘echo of a whisper of a call’ to explore that sense further, in a safe environment and with others on a similar journey.
A previous participant said of the year, “As I begin discernment, I cannot over-emphasise the value of the Encounter scheme. The placement element of the scheme in particular offers experiential knowledge of the realities of parish ministry which could be gained in no other way. In complete honesty, I could not imagine undertaking this process without having been part of a scheme like Encounter.”
In addition, those on the scheme explore God’s call through:
Four places including board, lodging and travel costs (pertaining to the scheme) are available on the scheme each year.
Bishop Stephen Cottrell says, “Discerning vocation need not be a private matter. Through the Encounter Residential scheme young people can live in community for a year and explore vocation to Christian ministry by getting on and doing it in local churches.”
Residential interviews take place during the spring term each year.
Encounter – Residential is one of several Ministry Experience Schemes across the country. For more information on the national Church of England Ministry Experience Schemes (CEMES) visit here: www.callwaiting.org.uk/cemes/