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Time For God

Time For God 

About Time for God

Time for God exists to create an environment whereby volunteers are encouraged to explore and grow in the Christian faith through a programme of service, teaching, learning and development.

Time for God is one of the longest established ecumenical Christian volunteering organisations for young people in the UK.  It works in partnership with churches and Christian organisations of all traditions across the world and with other European and International Voluntary Service Organisations.


Volunteering to explore ministry and mission

Time for God volunteers come from the UK, Europe, Africa, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, South America and the USA and are normally aged between 18 and 25.  Older volunteers who want to explore their mission and ministry are also encouraged to join the programme. They offer a year of their lives to work as full time volunteers in diverse organisations in the UK and throughout the world, working with churches and community groups, residential care homes, hostels and activity centres.  They are provided with accommodation, food and pocket money. They explore their faith, enrich their skills and make life-changing decisions about their future.

Time for God recruits and selects volunteers for the placements and provides residential training conferences, spiritual development programmes and field officer support.  Training is an integral part of the programme. Time for God also offers its services, through the European Voluntary Service Programme and for independent volunteers, to young adults who want to discern God's will. Time For God continually reviews its way of working so that innovative and creative programmes of support for volunteers and placements are developed and implemented.

Time for God enables young adults to engage in youth ministry where volunteers can give a year of service surrounded by a first-class support system.  It gives volunteers the opportunities to experience God in places that are different. Time for God challenges what they know and what they are used to and provides new encounters in living and loving others. For more information, please visit  Find out more about volunteering with Time For God at

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The Archbishop of York has been Patron of Time for God since 2006.