The time I have spent so far volunteering for Agathos has been amazing. After making the decision to take a year to serve God before making plans for the future about uni or a career I know that if I wasn't with Agathos I wouldn't be anywhere near as equipped for schools and youthwork as I am now. After also only becoming a Christian in February 2014 I know I have grown so much in the faith through this work and through biblical study - with my church, my role with Agathos and with my mentor John Mainwaring, who is an important part of my training year. I am very excited to see how God will work through me during my time with Agathos as well as in schools in the new year!" I am very excited to see how God will work through me during my time with Agathos as well as in schools in the new year!
The work I have been doing with Agathos has been awesome, I have gained and furthered my skills in working in schools and with children greatly. With Agathos I work around two and a half days a week in various schools around the Mold area. In the primary schools I work alongside the "Open The Book" teams to deliver bible stories to the children in an exciting and lively way to literally breath life into the pages of the bible! The work I do with Wendy in the local high school Mold Alun is equally great to see and be involved with. An average Wednesday involves a detached lunchtime session where we are present in the school in an informal manner to interact with the students with various activities and get them thinking about both the physical and spiritual world around them. On a Thursday I help run a lunchtime club in the school that aims to promote a positive atmosphere within the school by showing inspiring videos and then discussing the messages contained in the clips. It is a new club to this term and I hope the numbers of it continue to grow greatly. As for Fridays, in the Alun I help Wendy with the 6th form group "Friday Forum" in which the students choose and debate various topics. This last term we have had many topics ranging from "Is organised religion dangerous" all the way to the less serious "What would you do in a zombie invasion"... Its great to see so many of the 6th form getting involved with these discussions and is also a great way to get through a Friday morning! ha
(Kieran O'Loan, Intern)
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