Monday, November 26, 2012

Weekly Schedule

Hello! It has been a while since I have posted anything. Sorry for the inconvenience. To start off the blogging in Belfast I thought I would give you the basics of my weekly schedule. Some weeks more things are added or things are taken away. I hope this helps you understand what I do on a daily basis.

Monday: -Every other week we have a 10 am meeting with Doug and the YAV’s
-Spend rest of the day relaxing or running errands

Tuesday: -9:15 am Prayers in the Prayer Chapel led by David Kerr
-9:30 am Work in the office doing odds and ends
-11:15 am Lunch
-12:00 pm Work in the office or have a meeting
-Sometime in the afternoon I walk home
-7:00 pm Women’s Group

Wednesday: -10:00 am Kidz GAP
-12:00 pm Lunch
-1:00 pm Start picking up the ladies for Friendship Circle
-2:00 pm Friendship Circle
-3:30 pm help drop people off and go home
-8:30 pm Youth Drop-in/Detach Youth Work (15-18 year olds)

Thursday: -Morning off (usually exercise, go for a walk, or lie in)
-1:00 pm Weekly meeting with Mark Sweeney
-Do work in the office
-I either stay for dinner or go home
-7:00 pm Bible Study

Friday: -Morning and afternoon off
-6:30 pm Fusion
-8:30 pm to 10:30 pm Youth Drop-In (11- 14 year olds)

Saturday: -Day off
-New Adventure Day!!!

Sunday: -9:30 am arrive at church
-Help set up for coffee/tea, Children’s Church
-Every week I either have a bible study after service or in the evenings I have Connect which is a Youth Group.

The next posts will be about the groups I have mention in my schedule and what we do!

Peace and Prayers,

Monday, August 27, 2012

Wow. YAV orientation at Stony Point, New York went by fast. It has been a week of gaining knowledge and socializing but also a time of many emotions. Not a shocker when you put 60 people in a room and they won’t see their families for a year. We have covered many topics such as Critical Cultural Competency, relationships, safety, gender issues, communication and conflict, self-care, and culture shock.  

The best thing that I have learned this week is about my new community. During a time of emotional struggle during a presentation, my Belfast Community was right there with open arms to comfort me. I have never felt so welcomed and I’ve only known these people for 2 weeks! God has put this community together to help us have fun and get through the tough times this year.

I would like to end with a prayer that I received from one of the members at First Presbyterian Church of Philipstown, New York where other YAV’s and I told our stories during the church service:

Prayer of Protection
The light of God surrounds me,
The love of God enfolds me,
The power of God protects me,
The presence of God watches me,
Wherever I am
God is!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Hello Followers!

This is my blog that I will be using for my volunteer year of mission as a Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Starting today I will keep you updated on my journey to get to Belfast, Northern Ireland and my stay there. Keep coming back for more information about the program, location, myself, and everything else related. Please feel free to make comments or shoot me an e-mail!