St Hild College offers full-time and part-time ordination training for the Church of England. Part-time applicants are invited from the Yorkshire region and surrounding areas within reach of our teaching centres in Sheffield, Mirfield and York.
Both part-time and full-time ordinands gather together for six residential weekends each year and our annual residential Easter week in Durham. The weekend programme is centred around spirituality, leadership and mission. Residential weekends are precious community time at which we eat together, study together, pray for each other, worship and share the Eucharist. Students may also access additional retreat and study time at our Mirfield site, including some shared lectures with the College of the Resurrection. Students based at Mirfield and York also gather for study Saturdays each term at our Mirfield Teaching Centre.
Ordinands on this route need to set aside space alongside their other commitments for part-time study, normally 15 hours per week. They are supported by a personal tutor who helps them reflect on the formation process and how to manage the challenges of part-time study.
Ordinands choose one of our training centres: in Sheffield on Mondays; in Mirfield on Wednesday evenings; or in York on Thursday evenings. Academic teaching for some ordinands is provided in partnership with Diocesan Schools of Ministry in Sheffield, Leeds and York.
Part-time ordinands engage in a placement in a parish or Fresh Expression, usually between Advent and Easter of their first year. They also experience a sector ministry placement, for instance, in chaplaincy.
Our St Hild prayer groups, which meet for the duration of the ordination journey, are valued spaces for prayer, accountability and shared leading of corporate worship. Ordinands are also encouraged to develop a support network throughout their training, and to receive spiritual direction.
Part-time contextual ordinands normally train for three years, but can train over two years if agreed with the sending diocese. Some ordinands with part-time funding for three years have the option of training over two years full-time through our intensive pathway.
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