Hopefully you’ve ended up here because you’d like to find out a little bit more about what I’m doing this year. If you’d just like the headlines: don’t panic, you can find them here. If you’re confident you’re in the right place, maybe pop the kettle on for a brew. Just kidding, it’s not going to be that long. I hope.
This year I’m embarking on a new and exciting adventure as Alpha* and Young Adults Intern at the church I’ve been a part of since I moved to Leeds in 2011, St George’s. For those of you who know me well, you’ll realise that that’s a bit of a curveball.
I graduated from Leeds College of Music in summer 2014, and after my third and final summer working as a Conference Team temp with Soul Survivor, returned to Leeds in September 2014. (Also a curveball, as the dream throughout my degree was to graduate and move back to either Watford or London.) I honestly had no idea why I was staying in Leeds, but knew 100% that it was the right place for me to be. I moved in with my cousin and her family, signed-on at the Job Centre, and relentlessly applied for jobs. I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to be doing, but knew I wanted a job outside of the church where I could live out my faith and grow in my skill areas. At the same time, I threw myself into all of the teams I was a part of at church and got to know a lot of other “young adults” working out that balance of working, studying, being part of a community, staying connected to family outside of the city, and growing in their faith.
Fast forward 6 months and I still didn’t have a full-time job. I had, however, become so much more invested in what God was doing through the church, especially amongst the young adults in the network of small groups** I was leading. The gentle accumulation of little conversations, books I’d read, and talks I’d heard hit me one day with the realisation that actually, I cared a lot about what the church was doing and wanted to be a bigger part of it.
Fast forward another 6 months (involving a 5 1/2 month stint as an administrator in the NHS) and that bigger part, for the time being, looks like the St George’s Internship. There are 8 of us interning, all working in different areas of the church, but we come together every week for training in areas such as leadership and theology. My individual role allows me to serve in loads of different contexts: from annual events; to our evening 1830 service; in networks; and on the Alpha* course; as well as still being involved on the worship and children’s teams.
12 months ago I never would have imagined I’d be here now, but I’m so excited to see what the year holds. I’d absolutely love it if you want to follow what I’m getting up to. I think it’s going to be fun.
If that is the case and you would like to be kept up to date with my ventures, I’ll be doing my best to keep this blog updated. You can also sign up here if you’d like the blog updates sent to you in the form of an email. If you’re someone who prays, it’d be a huge support and encouragement to have you praying for me and the church over the year. I’ll include some “prayer-points” in my updates.
The church have provided me with a house and training for the year, and are paying my bills, but I need to raise my own living costs as the role is full-time and unpaid. If this is an area that you’d like to support me in, thank you! If you don’t have my contact details, you can let me know here. I’m in the process of registering with an organisation which will allow people to do this in a really easy way, and anonymously. I’ll update the page with those details as soon as I’m able to.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and taking an interest in what I’m getting up to. I hope you still have some of your cup of tea left. If you have any questions after reading my ramblings, please do let me know!
*Alpha is an 8 week course which gives the “opportunity to explore life and the Christian faith, in a friendly, open and informal environment”. Fine one near you here.
**Networks and small groups are the framework used at St George’s to keep us connected as an extended family throughout the week. Find out more here.
Visit the St George’s website here.