As a result of prayerful reflection it was decided that Lee Abbey Devon should grow its cohort of volunteers, in the form of Associate Community. We are delighted with this new direction for our ministry and hope that we can play our part in enabling Lee Abbey to reopen and continue in its new form. We hope that you are equally pleased that members of the Associate Community (AC) will become a more integral part of the whole community working alongside members of the Resident Community (RC) to further the ministry of Lee Abbey.
Members of the Associate Community will:
- Be committed to the vision and values of Lee Abbey Devon and prepared in principle to make (Green Badge) Community promises : a) To affirm your personal faith in Christ and your desire through prayer, study, service to seek a deep and mature faith; b) To understand by this that your mind, your time, your talents, your possessions and all your relationships are to be increasingly surrendered to Christ as Lord; c) To be loyal to the Community in its aims, its work, its standards of behaviour, and its disciplines.
- As a general rule, attend Morning and Afternoon prayers, Corpus, Team meetings and Community Meeting. ACs may also be invited to join a C Group.
- Be able and willing to work alongside the RC and under its leadership, as part of a team, in the full life and work of the RC including serving rotas.
- Follow Safeguarding boundaries ( in relating to other community members and guests and in respecting private and community spaces). Appropriate training will be given.
- Not be required or requested to make a financial contribution.
- Give your availability on the understanding that you will be contacted by us if required.
- Be willing to serve for 2/3 weeks at a time.
We hope to recruit many more ACs in the coming months as restrictions begin to be lifted and the house can open to more guests.
At this stage, we would ask you to prayerfully consider whether God is encouraging you to be part of this exciting new development in the life of Lee Abbey Devon.
We are also delighted to announce the appointment of Martin and Christine Swindlehurst as Associate Community Coordinators to work in partnership with the Personnel team to provide a relational and communication connecting point for Associate Community (AC).
They both have a long association with Lee Abbey as Pastoral Helpers and, more recently, as AC volunteers and are passionate about the future of Lee Abbey and keen to use their expertise (Christine is a retired ordained minister and Martin a retired senior manager) to help with the re-opening and continued ministry of Lee Abbey Devon. During our most recent opening in October they worked on the Kitchen team (Martin) and House team (Christine) and really felt a deeper presence of God through chopping vegetables and cleaning bathrooms! The simplest of tasks are tremendously rewarding when you are working in a God filled environment with people who love the Lord and they really feel a part of the ministry of Lee Abbey and are committed to its future.