Over the last academic year, I had the opportunity to work as an intern in my local church, Tabernacle Llwynhendy, and in a neighbouring church, Carmel, Pontlliw.
I am grateful to God for the blessings of the year – twelve months full of new opportunities and experiences; meeting new people and getting to know them. I spent much of my time studying the Word and reading many volumes relating to the Bible under the direction of the Tabernacle’s minister, Rev. John Treharne. John Treharne helped me greatly throughout the year. I met with him once a week to discuss what I had learnt from my reading over the previous week, and to take the opportunity to pray together.
I preached weekly in a number of local chapels, and I would like to thank these assemblies of God’s people for their kind invitations, their warm welcome, their listening, their patience, their constructive feedback, and, often, an invitation to preach with them again! I had the opportunity to prepare and lead an adult Bible study at Carmel and at Gomer chapel, Swansea. This was a new and valuable experience that will help me for the future.
I enjoyed being involved in the life of another church (Carmel Pontlliw) apart from my local church – I had the opportunity, with the help of others, to re-start the youth club there after the second lockdown. It was lovely to be able to get to know some of Pontlliw’s youth and have the opportunity to share the gospel from week to week with them. I also met the Revs Vincent Watkins and Derek Rees weekly during my time in Carmel, Pontlliw. This was an opportunity for me to ask questions of two experienced ministers and learn more about issues relating to ministry.
I am grateful to the Reverends John Treharne, Vincent Watkins and Derek Rees for their company, support and guidance during the year. I now look forward to studying Theology at South Wales Baptist College over the next three years, starting at the end of September 2021.
Despite my frequent unfaithfulness, I am grateful to God that he is always faithful to his word, his promises and to his people: ‘If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful.’ 2 Timothy 2:13
Are you, or someone you know, wondering about working in ministry in the future? Our internship programme is open to enquiries at any point in the year – details here.