Hannah Sansome: Intern for St Augustine’s Church, Wrangthorn Tell us a bit about yourself... In August I moved to Leeds from Cambridge, where I studied at university for 3 years. I grew up on a farm so moving to a big city like Leeds has been a bit of a change!
"It’s incredible to see such a variety of people from all walks of life united by Jesus..."
How do you know Jesus? I grew up going to my local village church, but for the first 18 years of my life this was not much more than just a routine, and any faith I had didn’t really affect my life. As I got older, I increasingly struggled to see how Christian ‘rules’ were relevant or made sense, but at the same time I was sure that there must be more to Christianity than this. A friend invited me to a Christian Ventures Camp in the summer before university and there I understood for the first time what Jesus has done for me and realised that Christianity is about a relationship with Him. I decided to give my life to Jesus and went off to university determined to live for Him.
"God is someone 'who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine...' ”
What is your role at StG's? I’m part of the team at St Augustine’s, Wrangthorn, working with Joanna, Jimmy and Paul. I am involved in all sorts of things, and each week looks different. I’ve done things like creating; Christmas leaflets to deliver round the parish; visiting people at home; leading services; selling cakes with the Brownies (Girl Guides); leading an Alpha table at St George’s; preaching sermons; meeting and mentoring students; and generally building relationships with people in the congregation, particularly the 18-30 year olds.
"I am understanding more and more what it means for Jesus to be a true and living hope, and learning to pray with more conviction than ever, ‘Your kingdom come’."
Where have you seen God working? There’s a verse in the Bible which describes God as someone “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” (Eph 3.20). I’ve found that God’s been exceeding my expectations in so many ways. I’m excited by the community that is forming amongst the 18-30s age group at St Augustine’s, and by how alive the church feels. There is such a buzz to the social time over tea and coffee after the service! It’s incredible to see such a variety of people from all walks of life united by Jesus, whether that be sharing communion in a regular church service, or coming together to use our various gifts and give sacrificially to reach out to and bless our community. I’ve also seen God at work in people and situations around me; I’ve become so much more aware of brokenness, but I am understanding more and more what it means for Jesus to be a true and living hope, and learning to pray with more conviction than ever, ‘Your kingdom come’.
How can St G’s pray for you? I would love you to join me in praying that St Augustine’s would be a place of light, hope and life, where people encounter Jesus and experience His love and welcome. Since God is a God who can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, please would you pray for an increase in faith, and the courage to pray big prayers. Pray that I would be following God’s lead and that I would always be ready to obey – His will be done.
Find out more about the Internship at St George’s on our website.