Reflections from our youth worker!

posted Jul 24, 2012, 1:16 PM by Julian Garner   [ updated Jul 24, 2012, 1:52 PM by Simon Talbot ]
23 July 2012.

So, a whole two years has now gone by. And I think they may have been two of the maddest years of my life so far! Some of my highlights have been the weekends away such as St Georges House, Lee Abbey and Wildside as well as the Sunday night youth group. All of these times have been wonderful opportunities to get to know the young people. I have also had the pleasure of setting up and running Film, Faith and Photography - a group looking at creative ways of exploring faith. Looking back over the last two years it’s wonderful to see how far the young people have come during this time. Do look at to see some of their films and photographs!

Something that I have been made very aware of over my time here is God’s timing. Before I came here I prayed for somewhere to go, and just as I began to think nothing would emerge this placement In Uffculme came up. Again, as I’ve been applying for jobs recently I’ve prayed about what to do and where to go, I’ve lamented failed applications, been impatient and haven't really put all my faith in Gods plans, but now God has answered my prayers. I prayed for a job working with homeless young people, in the South West and that I’d still get to do at least one week of youth camp over the summer - I got all that and a second week of camp too!

In Ephesians chapter 1 Paul writes about God’s plans coming together, about how we are known and chosen my God and how we have received his blessing and grace. In seeing what I believe to be God’s plan for my life coming together I feel I get a glimpse of another facet of God’s bigger plan, and of His love and mercy and his desire to make all things work together for goodness and I’m reminded of Jeremiah 29:11 where is says “for I know the plans I have for you, plans for good and not for evil.”

It’s been wonderful to have been a part of so many great things and feels so odd to have all these ‘lasts’ - and to be preparing for so many ‘firsts’! I’m soon to be moving house and starting a new job. I’ll be working in Somerset at a YMCA helping to house and support young people and adults.

As well as looking forward to a new job, house and everything that’ll come with it, I’m also looking forward to seeing what will happen next here in Uffculme - I’m already anticipating coming back to visit and find out how everything’s going! I was delighted to interview and enjoy a hand over day with the new trainee Claire Stoney and I think she will be brilliant!

Through out my time here I’ve been tremendously blessed by great mentors, hosts, young people, colleagues and friends and I don’t think I’d have been able to get to where I am now if hadn’t been for the people here who have invested so much in me. So a massive thank you to everyone who has supported me practically and financially over the last two years.

Vicki Highet