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Meet the Interns

Date posted: 08/12/16

 Meet the Interns

 

The Christians in Sport Internship is designed for recent graduates and seeks to train and support them in sports ministry, while also equipping them with transferrable skills for wherever God leads them in the world of work afterwards.

This year, we have four full-time Interns, Dave Lawther, Jen Harris, Jos Herbert and Jack Newton, plus Phil Small, who is working for us on a part-time basis. Here is a chance to get to know them and learn about their hopes for the year ahead.


Dave Lawther

Hometown: Templepatrick, Northern Ireland

Current sport and club: Rugby - Bicester RFC

Current church: Magdalen Road Church, Oxford

What is your best moment in sport?

That has to be the Schools’ Cup quarter-final at home against Sullivan. I probably had the best game of my life against a heavily favoured “flashier” team than the one I was playing in. As a team we pulled together and won in a seeming upset, however it wasn’t an upset to us. I also managed to grab the winning try (glory to God of course).

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Why have you joined the Internship?

I joined the Internship to see how sports ministry is best done and to see how churches can partner with Christians in Sport in doing so. Also it is a totally different year to any internship I looked at in churches in Ireland, and I was buzzing for the opportunity to grow and test myself in a totally new context and culture.

What is your big prayer for the year ahead?

That I actually allow God to use me and mould me into what He wants me to be in the coming years. Most of all prayer to help me practice what I preach and actively “pray, play, say” in my context at Bicester RFC.

What challenges are you anticipating?

The biggest challenge that I expect to face this year is sharing the gospel with my teammates in Bicester Rugby Club and also, when encouraging students to do the same, that I am practicing what I preach.


Applications are open for the 2017-18 Internship programme. For more information, visit christiansinsport.org.uk/internship



Jen Harris

Hometown: Bridge of Weir, Scotland

Current sport and club: Basketball - Oxford Brookes Basketball Club

Current church: Magdalen Road Church, Oxford

What is your best moment in sport?

It’s difficult to choose, I have a lot of great memories from basketball! I think one of the best has to be my last game of second year at university when I was playing for Edinburgh and we’d had a tough year after being promoted to the BUCS premier league and learnt a lot as a team. In this final game of the season, we really pulled together and came out with a victory. It was amazing to look back and see how far we’d come as a team from the start of the season!

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Why have you joined the Internship?

I’ve joined the Internship this year to grow and be challenged as I learn more about how I can help to reach the world of sport for Christ and also how to help and encourage others to do the same.

What is your big prayer for the year ahead?

My big prayer for this year is to see God move in the world of sport up and down the UK and that I may wholeheartedly surrender myself to this work and see where God leads.

What challenges are you anticipating?

I know there will be situations where I’m put out of my comfort zone and it will be a challenge to really push myself and trust God with the outcome, allowing Him to be in control and not myself. This year will be a real challenge in my own personal evangelism as I learn how to help and encourage others to use their sport to spread the gospel as well.


Jos Herbert

Hometown: Bedford

Current sport and club: Rugby coach - Brackley RUFC

Current church: The Source, Brackley

What is your sporting claim to fame/best moment in sport?

England rugby player Maro Itoje was the first person to dislocate my shoulder. My best moment was winning Varsity against Northumbria for Newcastle University in my first year.

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Why have you joined the Internship?

For me, the Internship was a great opportunity to learn more about the Bible and God and to be trained in actually doing something with that knowledge. It was also an exciting opportunity to give a year to God to serve in loads of different ways, explore what working in ministry is like, hang out with great people and learn more about myself and what makes me tick.

What is your big prayer for the year ahead?

That I will be completely open to God using me in whichever way He sees fit, to be moulded and formed to be used for His great works but also to positively affect the lives of the people I come into contact with, especially those at Brackley Rugby Club.

What challenges are you anticipating?

Making sure I keep my brain on top of everything! We get so much teaching and training, which is great. I have created a filing system to make sure I really make the most of everything. I also have a tendency to not be able to say “no” - so managing all my commitments wisely and faithfully so I can give my all at them will also be something I will have to work on.


Jack Newton

Hometown: Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Current sport and club: Rugby - Jersey RFC

Current church: Town Church, St Helier

What is your best moment in sport?

It would have to be winning the Bournemouth Sevens with Apache

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Why have you joined the Internship?

Christians in Sport has played a huge role in my own life, helping me to see how my sport can be used to honour God. I love my sport and I love God. This year is an opportunity to see how I can best serve Him within that.

What is your big prayer for the year ahead?

That God would be glorified on the island of Jersey. That Christian sportspeople here would be standing up for Christ within their clubs and teams and that they may have the opportunities and the confidence to share the good news of the gospel as they train and compete in their sports. And also that the local church would be equipped to reach out to the world of sport in Jersey.

What challenges are you anticipating?

Starting afresh anywhere in the world can be a challenge – learning to find your way around, building new relationships and settling into a new sports teams for example. Jersey in particular has its own way of doing many things so my challenge at the moment is to settle quickly – both into life in Jersey and also into a new line of work with Christians in Sport.


Phil Small

Hometown: Ballymena, Northern Ireland

Current sport and club: Rugby - Ballymena Rugby Club

Current church: First Ahoghill Presbyterian Church

What is your sporting claim to fame?

In 2005, I went to Jonny Wilkinson’s house for a barbecue with his family!

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Why have you joined the Internship?

The reason I joined the Internship was firstly to get more involved in the mission of reaching the world of sport for Christ. I am very passionate about seeing people come to know Jesus through telling others about the good news of the gospel and I am also passionate about sport. To be able to combine these two passions of my life in this way through the Internship was something I really wanted to get involved in.

What is your big prayer for the year ahead?

Being based on the north coast of Northern Ireland, my big prayer is that we would be able to find more “workers” for Jesus in the university sports teams and local clubs. How amazing it would be to see all Christians in sport actively living out and sharing their faith in their teams and clubs on the north coast of Northern Ireland!

What challenges are you anticipating?

Being a part-timer, I know balancing my time with university work will be a challenge! But I know that there will certainly be more challenges along the way. We can see from the Bible that the gospel is received in many ways. In some cases, people repent, which is what we pray for. But in other cases, people riot! It is certainly no different today. What a joy it is to know that throughout the challenges I will face during the year, Jesus says this: “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28 v 20b).


Applications are open for the 2017-18 Internship programme. For more information, visit christiansinsport.org.uk/internship

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ed Mezzetti

Ed Mezzetti, City of York Athletic Club
Ed runs for City of York Athletic Club and is Digital Content Manager for Christians in Sport. He is a member of St Thomas' Church, York