YORK Minster has announced a new internship role which it hopes will provide a unique opportunity for two people to explore their vocation within the Church of England by living, working and participating in the life of the cathedral.

A spokeswoman said the Ministry Intern role was aimed at people aged 18 – 30 who were actively exploring where their Christian faith was leading them and who were interested in looking at ministry in the church as a future career.

“The interns will live and work in the community of York Minster and will also link into the work of the parish of St Luke the Evangelist which is located one mile north of the Minster,” she said.

She said they would experience a wide range of opportunities for activity and development which could include:

•sharing in the four daily services in the Minster

•sharing in theological reading and reflection and in ministry with ordained colleagues

•share in ministry with the Sunday School and Youth Groups

•contributing to informal services and events

•reading in church and leading intercessions

•preaching in a local parish Church, at children’s services and school assemblies.

“The interns will be fully immersed in life at York Minster including daily worship and music, involvement in pastoral care, sharing in the key liturgical seasons (Lent, Holy Week and Easter, and Advent and Christmas), working with the Minster’s congregation, staff, volunteers and School, meeting visitors and participating in major church services.”

Canon Pastor Canon Michael Smith said the church must be proactive in creating exciting opportunities for young people to experience and participate in ministry at every level.