So what does this all actually mean?

TO BE ON THE APPRENTICE TRACK MEANS COMMITTING TO A SIMPLE RULE OF LIFE, WHICH WE HAVE BROKEN DOWN IN TO DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY AND ANNUAL PRACTICES.

THIS IS FOR ANYONE AGED 18-30; WHETHER YOU ARE A STUDENT, WORKING, OR NOT SURE WHAT’S NEXT -
THIS IS OPEN TO YOU!


DAILY

We want to learn to spend every day in the presence of God. This is why we are committing to three anchor points of connection with Him throughout our day. Before we turn on our phones, we are going to spend half an hour with God - sitting with Jesus, reading through the Bible in a year, and praying through the Psalms. We’ll stop at midday to pray through the Lord’s Prayer, and in the evening we’ll look over the day as we pray the prayer of examen.

 
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WEEKLY

It was never God’s intention for us to go on this journey alone! We were created to live in community. Every week we will have a meal in our formation group where we’ll discuss how the rule of life is going, and break down in to smaller groups to share more deeply.

We will also commit to the practice of Sabbath, taking a full uninterrupted 24 hours period every week to stop, delight and worship.

This journey of spiritual formation is not a self-help programme; this is all for the sake of others. As apprentices we will commit to spending a few hours every week engaged in mission, engaging with the city that we live in.


MONTHLY

One Saturday every month we will create an extended amount of time with the purpose of being in God’s presence together and receiving in depth teaching on the way of Jesus.

We will teach into the heart behind the spiritual disciplines, and will spend time discussing topics such as identity, calling and relationships.

 
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ANNUALLY

Throughout the year we will create opportunities to dig even deeper into the conversation of apprenticing ourselves to Jesus.

We will have two retreats within the programme, including a weekend away in the Spring.


The cost of signing up for this year long programme is £200. This contributes towards the running of the monthly gatherings and
the retreats that run during the year. Bursaries are available for those unable to pay the full cost. 

We expect those who sign up to be present at all of our monthly gatherings -
if you know you are unable to make more than one of these then this cycle of the Apprentice Track is not for you.

The dates for the year are, from 9.30am - 2pm:

4-5 October
2 November
7 December
11 January
8 February
6-8 March (*retreat)
4 April
9 May
13 June
4 July

Apprentices are also hosting termly gatherings for the wider diocese, starting at 7pm on the:

2 November
8 February
13 June.