Under the leadership of Phil and Diane Stone, ever-growing numbers of people are discovering that Scargill is “a safe place to say dangerous things”.
We have a thriving, multinational Community from many different Christian denominations offering warmth, welcome and hospitality to all. Prayer, food and laughter seem to be the main hallmarks of our life together, with Jesus at the centre. Together we run a busy programme of events including quiet retreats, exuberant family holidays, teaching from some amazing visiting speakers and our own team, musical, creative and craft-based events, walking weeks, environmental and working holidays, house parties celebrating Easter and New Year and much more besides. In between our programmed events we host many church weekends, youth events and gatherings large and small, as well as individuals who make themselves at home with us for a few days.
We want Scargill House to be a centre of equipping, encouragement, training and challenge.
We’re particularly excited to support and resource what God is doing in his mission in the North, and we love it when people go home feeling excited about change!
What we do
We offer a place of relaxation, refreshing and learning. Guests come to Scargill to attend programmed events, for their parish weekends, for independent visits and on retreat. Our 90-acre estate offers many opportunities for people to find breathing and thinking space (and of course, greater closeness to God) and the house itself offers good home-cooked meals and comfortable accommodation. We offer meeting facilities for teaching and conference events, and have our very own Grade ll listed Chapel.
A resource for parishes
Scargill House is a hugely popular destination for churches to bring people away to. You could book in for an away-day for your PCC or an Alpha course, for example. Or you might book in for longer, such as for your annual church holiday or for bringing your youth group for a time of ministry and teaching. We would be delighted to welcome you for mid-week or weekend events, and we can provide input to your schedule or you are free to run the whole programme yourselves. Please book well in advance!
As a Community we are keen to develop mission links with inner-city churches and other organisations working in areas of deprivation. Our very generous Bursary fund enables us to support many people to visit Scargill that may not otherwise be able to afford to do so.
Equipping individuals in their ministry
You may be at a pivotal moment in your own ministry, in which case it may be useful for you to come and receive spiritual direction at Scargill.
The Scargill Community
We currently have a resident community of around 25-35 people at any one time, who follow a ‘new-monastic‘ lifestyle while they are with us. The Community is made up of Community Members and International Community Volunteers of many denominations and traditions. These are perfectly ordinary people who have committed to spending anything from a few weeks to a few years living and working at Scargill. The community includes men, women and children, housed in single, married or family accommodation here on the estate. The Community do all the work involved in keeping Scargill running, make pathway promises, and follow a rhythm of life and worship.
How we’re funded
In order for the new trustees to be able to purchase the Scargill Estate in 2009, we received generous loans from several sources, notably Lee Abbey, and gifts from many others.
Our loans are now repaid and the house and Community are funded via our operating income (income from accommodation, meals and events), financial support from individual churches, annual subscriptions from our Friends and Companions, legacies, fundraising and individual giving. We are also able to claim Gift Aid.