PCI Internship- Lowe Memorial Presbyterian, Finaghy, Belfast.
For those of you who don’t know, Andrew will be a youth intern from September 2017- August 2018. Here’s what Andrew has to say-
What is it all about?
As some of you already know, I am going to serve in another church through the PCI Internship scheme. The programme is facilitated by Rick Hill, Discipleship Development Officer for PCI and Matt Robinson, Youth Worker in Ballylinney Presbyterian church (outside Ballyclare).
Matt says, “Our hope is that by the end of the year, you’ll be a more committed follower of Jesus and will have learned to be a more effective servant leader in full-time ministry or in your home congregation.”
For me, the programme is packed full of exciting opportunities; as well as serving in a church context, I will also be attending the Certificate in Youth Ministry Course taught at union College, a 16 week course full of useful, essential and Christ-Filled teaching using the bible and how to communicate to young people.
What about the Church?
The church I will be serving in this year is Lowe Memorial Presbyterian Church, Finaghy, Belfast, just off the Lisburn Road. I’m excited, because I’m looking forward to being part of a church that puts itself out into the community to tell the community about the love of God. A few weeks ago, I went up to visit Lowe to get a feel for the church. One thing popped out for me, you knew when you walked in that God is here, not in the building, but in the people, such was the warmth and friendliness I experienced, which is good to look forward to as I start.
As part of my year in Lowe, I will be involved in many of the youth groups that Lowe has to offer; from youth club to BB nights and youth nights on Sunday. It is a busy church with 3 services on a Sunday, around 400/500 families with willing hearts, so I honestly can’t wait to serve God this year in this church.
First of all I would like to thank you all for prayerful support in the past through other teams and I continue to ask you to keep praying, because God asks us to take ALL things to him in prayer. So I have made a list of things to pray for September.
- Settling in at Lowe- a weekly schedule, meeting the youth, to be part of their church family, moving to Belfast.
- The youth- they would have open hearts towards God’s message.
- Part time Job- in the effort to find one to sustain myself.
- The week of training for myself and the other Interns.
- Planning and preparations for talks and sessions with the youth.
- To grow and to be challenged in my faith.