At Lowestoft Community Church we know that serving God for a year has the potential to change your life and also to significantly impact the local community. We've been hosting gap-year students for over 20 years, so we've got lots of stories to back this up!
Lowestoft has many positive qualities as a town such as: award winning beaches, a strong community spirit, and the most easterly point in the UK. However the most exciting thing about Lowestoft is the vision that God has given us to be pioneers in our community in order to bring hope and transformation to the town in a new way and to see this spill out and impact the nations.
One outworking of this is our intention to plant a new site of the church into the community of Kirkley with the focus of reaching that specific area.
Children & Youth. We are connecting on a weekly basis with over 120 young people between the ages of 0 and 18 years, the vast majority being from non-church backgrounds. We are looking for an ID Student to work with our Children's Team Leader and Youth Team Leader to not only serve those who we are already reaching but to develop new ways to demonstrate the Kingdom of God to our town. We regularly run Prayer Spaces in local Primary & High Schools and also are involved in a student mentoring scheme in the town, there are more opportunities opening up to us than we are able to currently keep up with!
Community. We believe that churches should be a "force for good" in towns and cities by demonstrating the love of God to people through actions not simply words. There is the potential for an ID Student to get involved in the various community projects we run such as Foodbank, Friend of the Family (befriending service), Conversational English group, Allstars (for children with additional needs), CAP Money, and Friendship Club (over 50s).
Partnerships. We also work closely with Pathways Care Farm (a therapeutic environment for vulnerable people) and Lowestoft Chaplaincy (town centre chaplaincy providing prayer and support for the public), both of which could provide opportunities for an ID Student to explore new experiences.
We would look to accommodate you as an ID Student with a member of the church and can explore the possibility of financial contribution towards living costs.
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.