|Manicures with a student|
making this work possible for me.
I will be spending the majority of my time building relationships through serving both staff and students at Walnut Grove Secondary School (which is the same school I spent time at during my practicum with Lifeteams last year). It is such a cool opportunity to be able to connect with students on their turf and really meet them where they’re at; whether that’s sitting down next to a student sitting alone at lunch, celebrating a test gone well, or being that encouraging push to join a team that’s slightly out of their comfort zone. The rest of my work time in the week will be split between one on one meetings with students, Wednesday night programs at Hangar 17, and continuing to dig into some foundational training. I am so excited to settle into my new position as I begin this apprenticeship year!
This word has been a prominent theme throughout the last few months. Connecting with God as I have relied on Him for strength and an assurance of His plans for me here, connecting with each of you as I put together a network of ministry partners, connecting with students at church youth group and Wednesday night Youth Unlimited programs, and connecting all of those pieces as I find a healthy rhythm and balance of life. I am seeing more and more that connecting is such a core piece of this work.
Coloured hair, quiet smile, deep thinker, a killer baker and the best Dutch Blitz partner anyone could ask for. I have had the opportunity to build a relationship with “Jessica” over the past year and a half. She has been such a clear picture to me of how God is connecting my prayer life, my church life and my work life into a seamless call to do life with Him. Jessica has been in my prayers over this past season; that God would begin working in her heart and that He would use me in her life. When I walked into my new church for the second time and saw her standing in the foyer with her mom, I could not help but get excited as I thanked God for the amazing opportunity to connect with her outside of our Wednesday night programs. Over the past few months, I have had the privilege of pouring into “Jessica” each week during our church youth small group time, during Wednesday night programs at the Hangar and at church on Sundays. I am excited that as I begin working full-time with Youth Unlimited, I will be continuing to walk alongside and share the love and hope that is found in Jesus with this student.
From asking “would you rather…” questions in the hallway to remembering the names of the 50+ students that come to our Wednesday night programs, I have my work cut out for me as I begin building relationships with students in the Langley area. It is such a privilege to have the opportunity to do this work and I am excited to see how God will use me in the lives of the teens in Langley.
- Philippa Chapman