Maidstone is a large historical town in Kent, England, with a population of just over
100,00. Kent is known famously as the ‘Garden of England’ and Maidstone has a real blend of urban and rural life. There are also a number of places of interest, such as; Leeds Castle, Mote Park, the River Medway, the North downs, as well as many quaint historic villages nestled in the picturesque countryside.
The Vine Church, Maidstone, is a community of Christians based in Maidstone, Kent and the surrounding areas. We love family, we love our community and we love seeing people meeting Jesus and being made whole.
We’ve really valued having our first IDer this year, and would love to see lots more in the future. So why not prayerfully consider joining us at The Vine, Maidstone this coming year! Here’s what our first IDer has to say about being placed in Maidstone, as well as some of things you could be involved in.
‘Doing ID in Maidstone at The Vine Church has been fantastic! There are endless ways
you can serve and use your talents to see visible change in the community. Whether you
love working with children, mentoring teenagers, teaching computer skills or playing an
instrument they can accommodate all!
The church’s community projects extend in many areas and provide a year that is encouraging, fulfilling and one you will never forget. The support network within the Church is great and there is always someone to speak to if you have a problem. Over the year I have felt really supported, welcome and I feel like I’ve been able to make a difference.
Another great thing about this Church is there are plenty of people willing to help with study throughout the year. So if you are thinking about doing ID I would definitely recommend considering The Vine Church in Maidstone as your placement church. It really was the best decision I’ve ever made!’
MORE ABOUT ID:
Why be an ID intern?
ID is a year-long church internship program designed to help you walk with Jesus into the adventures that he has for you. Over the course of the year you'll be immersed in the life and mission of a local church, where you can serve in a wide variety of exciting ministries and be lovingly discipled. We also expose you to exciting missional opportunities with Relational Mission churches in the UK and Europe.
We want to intentionally disciple you. To help you grow in knowledge and passion for God, to learn you are you, and how you can live and speak for Jesus in every area of life.
Why host or send an ID intern?
Our hope is that ID not only blesses the individual interns but also the churches that host and send them. Having an ‘IDer’ in your church who is well invested in and given opportunities to serve and step out demonstrates a commitment to investing in individuals.
Likewise, sending folks on ID shows that as a church you are committed to Christ’s commission and value the apostolic as much as the local.
So, who could you send onto the course? Could your church offer someone a placement?
Who is it for?
Anyone aged 18+ who is able to take a year out and who wants to grow in their faith.
ID can be a wonderful opportunity for college/school leavers to get a solid foundation of theology and character before heading to the work place or off to university. Likewise for those finishing university considering what to do next. We have also had a good number of men and women in their twenties and thirties take career breaks in order to do the course. We haven't yet had anyone in retirement come onto the course, but we’re open to that!
I'm in! How do I apply?
The application process can be found on the ID webpage. Applicants complete an online form which comes through to the ID team who then contact the sending church to discuss the applicant and the placement options available.
Or you can contact Matt Fell directly to ask any questions and to find out more.