Hope Community Church is located in the beautiful market town of Wymondham (population 16,000), 15 minutes south of Norwich, Norfolk. Wymondham was voted as one of the best places to live in the east of England and is known for its excellent schools and is currently experiencing rapid growth from new housing.
Hope Community Church is ten years old and has seen remarkable growth in the last two years, we have about 350 people (including over 100 children and youth) who call Hope their home and this represents about 2% of the population of Wymondham. This scale of church in the size of Wymondham has started to have a significant impact on the community.
We are also home to a School of Supernatural Life evening school (based upon the Bethel model) which has seen a high level of the miraculous and God’s presence in worship released into the church and we see many visitors from both RM churches and others involved.
Alongside serving in the church and community projects in general there would be several project areas that you could be involved in.
Children’s & Schools work – This would see you work with our children through the week and also within our schools work, visiting schools with our children’s worker and working towards our children’s weekend, Epic, which many RM churches in the area take part in.
Youth Work – Working alongside our youth worker, you would be involved in all aspects of our youth work including the weekly church youth groups, after school clubs for non church children, working with the high schools in the area, and the yearly Youth Weekend Away retreat & Newday.
Students and twenties – We have historically had excellent relationships with the UEA (University of East Anglia), which is a 15 minute drive away, and would want to see a breakthrough in this area again. We maintain a relationship with the Christian Union and would look for the ID’er to build a student base at the church.
School of Supernatural Life – Our evening school needs two forms of support, the first is an administrative aspect of the school, whilst the second pertains to worship support.
Funding & housing
We have the potential for paying a proportion of your ID fee and would also look for you to undertake the School of Supernatural Life (which would be funded). You would be housed with a member of the church and receive a small amount of pocket money.
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.