Abby Newland has joined the staff team of the church this week, working alongside Tom in the youth team. She’s written short blog so you can get to know her a bit better!
Hello! I am Abby and I have just joined Sunnyside Church as the Youth Intern. I will be working with Tom and getting involved in youth groups throughout the week, services, kids work and more.
I moved from my hometown in Surrey last week and am really looking forward to making Berkhamsted my home, meeting people, making new friends and exploring places. My home church are very supportive of me coming to you at Sunnyside to pursue my calling and be a blessing. I am really excited about getting to know the young people at the Edge and Youth home group and all the other fun youth events to come! I also can’t wait to jump into life at Sunnyside and be part of the church family.
Last year I had a gap year, after finishing my A levels (Maths, Sociology and English literature) in 2015. I did a BMS World Mission Action Team which is a 9-month programme: 1-month training, 6 months abroad and 2 months’ tour. The first month was based in their training centre in Birmingham with about 30 other 18-23 year olds also doing my gap year. There were 9 teams and I was on Team Delhi with 3 other girls. While in Delhi I taught at an informal school which did both children and women’s work. Me and my team members did lots of fun things with the children like exercises, action songs, games, stories and we also taught individual classes simple lessons. We led devotions, prayer time, English lessons and games with the women and staff at the school. Travelling and a few touristy trips to places like the Taj Mahal were also involved. I absolutely loved the year with all its challenges and highlights. I learnt so much about God’s love for me and for people all over the world, especially in the small corner of Delhi that we worked in; we witnessed so many answers to prayer and incredible things! The 2-month tour was 8 weeks at 8 different places telling people what we had done. 4 of which were are home towns and 4 mystery towns! We stayed with people from the churches and did different activities in schools and churches to give people a taste of what it was like in Delhi at our project. The people I met on my Action Team year were amazing in so many ways and will always be inspiring me; both people in the UK and in India.
A bit of random information about me:
– In my free time I enjoy relaxing with a good book, watching a movie (every kind except horror!), having a walk into town, eating yummy food, seeing friends, playing games, occasional exercise e.g. swimming or cycling…. This year I tried surfing and paddle boarding too and they were very fun, although I didn’t succeed in standing up on the surf board!
– My favourite chocolate is Cadbury’s dairy milk and I love banoffee pie but don’t like toffee in any other circumstance.
– I am part of a family of 7 people: Mum, Dad, Older sister (22), me (19), younger sister (17) and twin brothers (14)!
I am extremely excited for whatever God has got in store for me this year and in the future and it will be great to live among you and build relationships with you this year as I test what God’s calling is for my future; studying Youth Work and Theology is the plan so far but I’ll keep you posted!