In the Discipleship Community we offer young people aged 18 to 30 the opportunity to come and share in the challenge and the wonder of our way of life together.
Serving the Lord in a residential community is a challenging and wonderful way of life!
¨ The challenge is to get along with and grow to love the people God has given you to live with.
¨ The wonder is that as you draw closer to Jesus you find He gives daily grace beyond imagining to love and serve Him in the people He brings into your life.
Whilst these challenges and wonders are part of every Christian’s calling, living in community is like being in a “spiritual greenhouse” that encourages growth in a safe and fertile environment.
Our life at HOD can get busy with running our retreat centre where Christians from all traditions come to have time out with God. However, it is important to us that what we do flows from communal and private prayer and worship, and a love of God’s Word. Living an ordinary life together is also important as we share the everyday things of life—meals, work and relaxation.
These pages contain information about how we have welcomed disciples until 2021, when due to Coronavirus we had to close the program due to government and travel restrictions.
We are currently considering and praying about how to reopen the program in 2021/2022. We are not sure yet how many people we may be able to welcome, or what format this program will take. But if you would be interested in joining us as a disciple or volunteer during this period, and are between 18 and 30 years of age, please contact us for more details and an application form, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Times and seasons:
We will welcome disciples to come to stay with the community for some months in 2022 (dates to be confirmed soon).
Disciples are based in The Paddock,, separate from most Community accommodation but close by. Most meals are taken with HOD and you would join us in various prayer times and larger meetings.
Our worship is charismatic in nature, and we are an ecumenical community so we welcome applicants from all Christian traditions. However, many of us are Roman Catholic so we have regular Eucharist services and weekly mass in our Chapel for those who wish.
During the day you would join us in our daily work routine: looking after guests and the Retreat House, gardening, pottery, cooking, and more …! You would also have a “one-to-one”, a member of community to regularly touch base with. And yes, you do get free time –most evenings and day off on Monday!
Within this time-frame there will be special events, including a mission to spread the Gospel.
Dates to be confirmed as soon as possible.
If English is not your first language, you must be able to communicate and understand English. If you can’t, get some good lessons quickly! Unfortunately we cannot provide translators for teaching sessions or communal prayer times.