"Personally I've found being an intern an amazing opportunity and privilege – I’m really excited to see what God’s got in store for the rest of this year and beyond!"
Christina is a placement intern working at Holy Trinity Meanwood.
"Holy Trinity is a small parish church in North Leeds with both traditional and contemporary worship. I’d love to share a bit about what life as an intern looks like, how God’s been at work, and some of the highs and lows."
"Life is... Busy, Exciting, Learning"
Don’t let anyone persuade you the internship is a relaxed year!
At Meanwood I work with Chris Orme, the vicar at Holy Trinity, and my role is really varied. I spend some of my week doing admin jobs and helping Chris in the office but I also co-lead a home group and help to run gather, the café-style church at HT. I help at a local lunch club for the elderly and also get to do some assemblies at the local primary school!
Alongside my ministry in Meanwood I spend 2 half-days down at St George’s, with the other interns, where we have training in leadership and study some theology. Being an intern is also about learning on the job - being stretched practically and eased out of your comfort zone, but it’s also about helping out and mucking in as part of the team!
I’ve found the past 3 months incredibly exciting: full of new experiences and challenges, and lots of new friends (as I didn’t live in Leeds before becoming an intern).
"God at work"
I’ve really experienced God’s grace and blessing so far this year: I’m loving my placement and feeling really useful. He’s provided for me in many ways – he’s given me great friends, an amazing choir to join (which has nothing to do with the church!) and has blessed me with lots of supportive family and friends. At Meanwood we’ve had some amazing answers to prayer over the last few months, including a renewed sense of unity between the traditional and contemporary congregations, the provision of a new young organist to re-energise the church choir, and much more!
"Highs and Lows"
One of my weekly highlights is helping at the lunch club, where I get to drink tea and make friends with the elderly people who come along. We chat, giggle, share a meal and sometimes play dominoes together which is always a lot of fun. Another highlight for me was the Interns Retreat day in November, the interns and spiritual directors took a day away from the busyness of life to listen to God and spend some time in silence and reflection; I found this really helpful and refreshing! At the beginning of the year I think co-leading the home group Bible study was the most challenging part of my ministry, but God has really equipped and strengthened me in it over the past few months. Another challenge is being able to set aside time and energy to digest, process and apply all of the fantastic theology and training we receive. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day jobs, meaning ministry can be reduced to replying to emails rather than seeing everything as part of the bigger picture of spreading the gospel, building the church and bringing God’s kingdom!
Personally I've found being an intern an amazing opportunity and privilege – I’m really excited to see what God’s got in store for the rest of this year and beyond!
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