Claire's Report, Dec 2012

I’ve been here in Uffculme for a whole term! (Eleven weeks, give or take!) In some ways it feels like I’ve only been here a couple of weeks, but in others I feel like I’ve lived here for years. I’ve loved meeting all of the lovely young people, and I think I might have even learnt some names, now!

My ‘normal’ week includes three trips up to top school, church (either St Mary’s here or
Kentisbeare), Youth Café, Sunday evening youth group, meeting with other SWYM workers in Exeter, time to meet and pray with Selina and other important people, coursework, admin and a day off! I’ve also had the privilege, over the last few weeks, of spending Thursday evenings with some lovely people from the village (as well as Willand and other areas!) going along to a Christianity Explored course.

I really enjoy going up to top school for lunch duty, as it means I get to talk to all sorts of people who I never usually get to see! It’s also lovely to see some familiar (smiling) faces. Friday lunchtime CU is always fun, and at the moment I’m enjoying helping the group plan their talk for the school carol services!

I think I’m slowly getting used to village life, and the differences from Bristol! I’m also very much enjoying having a church building to play with… I had a lovely time setting up some prayer stations as part of a Sunday evening youth group a few weeks back, and it was wonderful to see the young people engaging with God in a new way.
Open Mic Night was a real highlight for me and I was really impressed by the talent the young people shared. I’m now looking forward to everything that’s going to be happening over the Christmas season, especially the carol services! I love a good carol! With a load more coursework deadlines coming up in January, a new term and a short break it’s sure to be a busy few weeks, but as I commented to a friend after my first week here; ‘it’s awesome to be completely tired out after a long day of doing what God’s called you to do!’. I’m sad not to be spending Christmas day and the surrounding days here in Uffculme, but I’m looking forward to heading back to Yorkshire to see my family. I’m looking forward to the start of a new term and all it has to teach me!

God bless,