Summer Volunteer/Internship

The summer months at Sheldon are varied and active - lots to learn, people to meet, labour, liturgy and laughter. 

The schedule includes

  • concerts in the Sheldon Open Air Theatre hosting about 400 local people each time.
  • 2 Clergy Family Holiday Weeks when we serve food and organise some evening activities to enable clergy families to have a really relaxing holiday.
  • A volunteer Workweek when several dozen Friends of Mary and Martha roll up their sleeves and help with practical tasks around the site.
  • The Community Rededication - an annual reflective service of commitment for the year ahead.
  • Hosting other retreats and events

This is a great opportunity for one or two energetic and capable people to experience the variety of life and service in a lay Christian Community.

You will work hard, but there will be lots to enjoy and you'll work alongside many of our community members, staff team and volunteers.

You will gain unique experience spending time as part of a long-established lay Christian Community. You will engage in service through hospitality, find a space to bring your own personality and skills to the table, learn lots of practical skills and meet lots of lovely people.

This opportunity might be especially relevant (but definitely not limited to) to people exploring vocation, in one form or another.

Volunteering at Sheldon has no financial cost. We provide your board and lodging, reasonable travel expenses and a subsistence allowance.

Best dates are 1st July to end of August

Interested? Drop us an email introducing yourself ...

Do share this page if you know someone who might be interested. 

"Spending time as part of the community at Sheldon is such a wonderful opportunity. From their rhythms of prayer and worship to the unfolding events and arrivals that each new week brings, I was able to contribute the skills and gifts I had whilst learning some new ones along the way. As a summer volunteer you become part of the day-to-day working life of the place. That Benedictine way of ‘work is prayer’ was made clear in the intentionality and simplicity of life in community at Sheldon. At the time I was discerning a vocation to ordained ministry, being part of a lay community for a short time gave me the opportunity to reflect on that sense of calling - to both discipleship and to ministry. Sheldon is a unique place with an amazing ministry; it is a space that welcomes, embraces, refreshes, and sends out. In the summer I spent at Sheldon I learned more about myself than I could have thought when I first got in touch to apply. Although I was only there for a short while, I’ll always take a little part of Sheldon with me wherever I go next." NH 2019