Servant Year is a 16 year old program of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, inviting young adults to serve at a partnering church, school, diocesan office, or social service agency for one year. Members live together in intentional Christian communities, gathering weekly for formation, community meals and meetings; and monthly for fun social events as well as informative programming.
A willingness to live simply, intentionally and to compassionately serve are the mainstays of Servant Year.
Servant Year has entered into partnerships with several local and national social service organizations, including: Bethesda Project, Seamen’s Church Institute, and other organizations to provide unique and challenging placements for its members. Members also serve in parishes throughout the region and with the Offices of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Servant Year at St. James School offers opportunities in an urban school setting where they live and work in community with other teachers and staff serving economically challenged and diverse students. Regardless of where they work our members can serve as volunteer coordinators, teaching assistants, ministry residents, and outreach coordinators.
Formation and vocational discernment are key components of the Servant Year experience. Each member receives supervision at their placements, meets monthly with an assigned mentor, is linked with a prayer partner from within the program and has weekly formation programming.
Servant Year offers participants housing, medical benefits, professional development assistance, and transportation assistance. It is structured to provide monthly stipends equivalent to $500.00 with a year end completion stipend.