Who are you and where have you come from?
Hello! To those who don't know me, my name is Jack and I've been the Youth Intern at St George's now since September. I came up to Leeds from Bristol which has been quite a change of location and I am loving every second of it that God gives me. I felt called to explore youth work and after gaining other bits of experience I really wanted to work a little for the Church. So when the chance to become the youth intern here turned up, I jumped at the opportunity.
What do you enjoy most about being an intern?
Being an intern has been a blessing to myself in both my professional and personal development. I have been challenged to grow in my relationship with Jesus. If you are thinking of applying then know that you will not be allowed to avoid deepening your faith! You will be challenged on some points and encouraged in others. But the reason why it works is that the staff care for you, they desire for you to come closer to Jesus and in that knowledge you can accept their challenges and their support.
What do you do at St George's?
As the Youth Intern I have been given responsibility and support in lots of areas. Lottie (Youth Pastor) is a great line manager, she has set me tasks that have stretched me and allowed me to develop my professional ability. But she has also never wavered in her support and I shall always be grateful to her for that.
Journeying alongside the young people at Roots (the 11-18 youth group) has been such a pleasure and a privilege. Part of my work is to plan and deliver Sunday morning sessions and to support others doing the same.
But that is just one of my responsibilities. I also go into Abbey Grange Secondary School and Leeds City Academy to help with lunch time groups called Rock Solid. These are for Years 7 and 8 and a place where they can come to have fun, play some games and also hear a little about Jesus. These are important because some of the young people that attend never hear about Jesus.
Recently the youth team has undertaken one of our biggest tasks of the year, the Weekend Away. And this year with so many young people wanting to attend we ended up doing two weekends in a row! Planning has never been a strong point but I enjoyed the challenge of organising the Weekends Away for over 40 teenagers.
We saw God moving throughout the weekends, particularly through the sessions about the 'I am' statements and also in part through regular conversations. Weekends Away are an important time because they allow the youth that attend to become detached from their regular worries and concerns, and spend the time reflecting upon themselves and God. We so rarely get the time to do that in our busy lives, so being able to facilitate the space in which to allow the young people to do that has been incredible.
What can you take away from your time as intern?
The last 7 months have passed as if in a whirlwind. A whistle-stop tour of development and discovery. I have explored greater depths of God's character and installed a number of disciplines in my life that will enable me to stay close to Him that guides me. It would be too hard to pick out a highlight from my time at St George's but I would like to say that if your are considering becoming an intern then don't hold back! And if you have any questions then you can get in contact with Joanna or if you want to know more about the Youth Internship then I would be more than happy to help as well.