The internship is an excellent way for people to discover what ministry is all about:
The Northern Young Leaders Project is an exciting internship. Supporting young adults from the UK (aged 18-30) interested in exploring their calling and vocation, through a year volunteering in churches, parishes and pioneer projects across Cumbria. With interns from across the world who come on a mission exchange here in Cumbria.Eve and Nathan are our interns based in the Heart of Eden Benefice. They are both very excited about this year and all that it holds. See below a little bit about themselves and what we are looking forward to this year.
If you wish to know more – or even sign up for the programme here
I finished my A-Levels in 2020 and went on to join a mission organisation called Operation Mobilisation. I spent just over a year with them doing a vast variety of things from working maintenance, being involved with different outreach projects around England to eventually living in Portugal for three months. After I finished there I worked as an Au Pair in Germany looking after four beautiful girls. While I was working in Germany I had a video call with my mum in which she told me “Eve I think you should become a Vicar” to which my response was “no way”! However, something about it struck a chord in me and after much contemplation I decided I needed to explore this idea more, so last year I joined the Ministry Experience Scheme and was placed in Carlisle. Well, through my experiences last year, I decided that something about working for the Church feels right to me. This year I have decided to begin the Discernment Process, which is the interview process in the Church of England that helps both yourself and the Church decide whether or not “Vicaring” is what you’re being called to do. So this year I am wanting to dive deeper into the realities of ministry, in both its expanse and practicalities, and so far I am absolutely loving it. It has been a pleasure getting to know so many of you already and seeing how beautifully everyone works here together ecumenically.
Born, raised and marching out of Boston, Lincolnshire (Go Pilgrims), I arrived up in Kirkby Thore at the start of September after spending the previous year working on a chicken farm. The two years prior to that I Studied countryside management at Moulton College in Northamptonshire. I am here so that I can better reflect and discover the nature of Gods calling on my life, be it to the priesthood I am sensing, or perhaps to someplace else. The internship seemed an invaluable and pragmatic opportunity that could not be passed up. In my time here so far, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working among the Anglican and Methodist churches, partaking in all-sorts of church life and work. From groups for the young, to groups for the young at heart. From interceding at services to being a thurifer and making things smokey. From meetings to…other meetings! My time here has been incredibly precious and I’m loving it all. I thank you all for being a part of that experience so far, and I thank you in advance for whatever is to come next over the coming year. – Nathan