Chaplains at Gladstones Library | Gladstone's Library

Chaplains at Gladstones Library

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We are looking for Chaplains who are ‘inclusive’ in nature and ecumenical in spirit. The Library is host to clergy and laity of both sexes and from many traditions. It was Gladstone’s intention that his Library be an inclusive Christian community. We understand this to mean that all are welcome regardless of gender, race, class, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. The Chaplain would be expected to be at ease with this inclusive ethos.

There is a daily Eucharist (Monday – Friday) and you will be required to follow the Library’s usual practice when acting as celebrant. Although the Chapel and Library have a predominantly inclusive Anglican ethos but there is no requirement for the Chaplain to be Anglican. We have had Chaplains from many denominations: Lutherans, Moravians, Mennonites, Methodists, Baptists and Presbyterians…

We expect Chaplains to undertake the following duties and roles:

Chapel: To participate in chapel rota - usually leading chapel services two/three days per week. If the Warden is away, you will be asked to take additional weekday services.

Duty / Lock-up: The Chaplain will be expected to be on duty up to four times a week. On weekdays, your duty begins just before 5.00pm. During the duty hours you will be required to be on the premises at all times and available to guests. It includes answering the emergency telephone from the start of duty until lock up, booking in any late (after 5pm) arrivals (please check with reception for details before 5.00pm) and undertaking the security round (lock up) of the building at 10.00pm. You remain on duty until 8:30am the following morning.

Project: We ask Chaplains to undertake a project to help the Library during their residency – previous chaplains have helped staff the library reception desk, undertaken some cataloguing and archive work or even worked in the garden. We are careful to ensure that you have plenty of free time to give you time to travel or undertake your own project. Otherwise, all that is required is for you to be a ‘benign presence’ in the Library supporting the residential staff when necessary.

Terms and ConditionsChaplains receive accommodation and all meals at the Library during their residency. We ask that you commit to being Chaplain for at least two calendar months – the maximum possible stay is 4 months. At present, there are vacancies for 2015 and 2016. If the Chaplain is accompanied by his/her partner, the cost of the partner’s lodging will be minimal (£27.50 per day to cover food and accommodation). Your accommodation will be a large double room in the Library flat. You will have three Library interns as flatmates..

For more information, any questions and details of availability, please contact the Warden, Peter Francis