St Mellitus College has a strong sense of community, and seeks to foster that in a number of ways.
At midweek teaching this happens over meals and coffee breaks, which give students opportunities to catch up, build friendships and make connections across a diverse community of learners and ministers in training. We share breakfast and lunch on Mondays and dinner on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings.
residentials & teaching weeks
Residential Weekends, as well as the annual Residential Week, offer an invaluable opportunity for Ordinands and Tutors to interact at greater depth. The venues provide space to walk and rest, and community is deepened by time over meals as well as at the bar in the evenings.
Teaching Weeks for undergraduates and licensed lay ministers in training provide another opportunity for exchange and friendship. In addition to the meals and breaks, we host a number of evening events during the week during which people can have fun as well as make new connections.
We also host retreat weekends as well as retreat days for our full-time students. These weekends and days away have proven invaluable, providing time and space for rest and reflection.
Students are welcome to use the College’s library in our London centre at any time during working hours. Many students spend their study time in the library, also making use the café area and kitchen facilities to gather, eat and drink together. Chelmsford students often use the Cathedral library in the same way. The library in our North West centre is located within Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, where teaching takes place, and is accessible every Monday and Friday during term-time.
St Mellitus College regularly hosts a number of trips, including a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, to Rome, and to Rwanda. These trips, once again, provide an invaluable context for relationships across the college as well as with tutors.
Spouses and families of students join us for the Sundays of Residential Weekends from time to time, and spouses are also welcome to study alongside students and ordinands for a discounted fee.
In addition, dinners and other social events throughout the year, organised both by college and by the student body, offer further opportunities for students and spouses to mix outside of the classroom.