Living Alongside Community

You have

  • Skills and experience, plus energy and enthusiasm to offer 6 months to 2 years in Christian service. 
  • A desire to be challenged to grow and be stretched and try new things. 
  • Capable experience in catering and/or gardening/estate work, plus a willingness to muck in with many of the tasks relating to the general running of the Sheldon hospitality, buildings and grounds.

We can offer

  • A chance to be part of a unique ministry that is evolving and growing. 
  • Accommodation and food..
  •  Plenty of on the job training and support to enable you to fulfil your role. 
  • A quiet welcome as you share in our life and ministry.

Life at Sheldon

Our basic pattern is to work six days a week and have one day off. We share a commitment to morning and evening prayers in chapel Mondays to Fridays, and there is usually a Eucharist once or twice a month. Sundays are often busy days so we do not expect to attend local churches on a regular basis. An important part of our week is a Community meal together on Saturday evening. The rest of the week meals are sometimes taken with guests (when we are running events) or we cater for ourselves. Our work teams comprise Maintenance, Housekeeping, Catering and Administration, and work for all Community, staff and volunteers is line managed within these teams. Our first priority is the general running of Sheldon to serve the guests who stay here.

Before applying, we recommend that you take a good look at our website for an understanding of the flavour of our ministry, and we will be pleased to send leaflets on request. You might also like to buy a copy of the Community's book "The Fat Pigeon Flies". If you have any specific questions before writing your full application, you are welcome to send just a brief introduction in the first instance and after that one of us will be willing to answer questions by phone or email.


Please write/email the Warden with a letter of application. This should include information about your skills, employment history, health, spirituality, other interests, and what excites you about this opportunity. An indication of dates and timescale would also be helpful.