After finishing college, I knew 2 things: I wanted to take a year out and spend a lot of it in church. My sister recommended Eastgate after doing Day School. Seeing how much she enjoyed it and the way it transformed her I decided to go for it! I’ve always wanted to get involved in worship and here was my chance!
I’ve loved Every. Single. Part. from using my creativity to create social graphics as well as a newsletter for Eastgate Music to singing with amazing and encouraging people on a Sunday and at EGY worship. I’ve also been able to join in with so many amazing things that have added to my development as a person and a believer like the Worship School, Youth and other conferences and events. The way my Gap Year leaders have trusted me and encouraged me to get involved in whatever I want, as much I want to has been a real highlight and has meant I haven’t only grown in my confidence in music but also in many other areas. It has given me a chance to push myself outside my comfort zone and explore areas that I wouldn’t have thought to otherwise. Being in an environment where Holy Spirit is so clearly sewn into everything has been so important in the outworking of what we are taught during ESSL. The people you get to meet is also a big part of it! Namely, the other Gap Year students… It’s so nice to have other people who are at the same stage in life as you that are also just trying things out. Everyone is so supportive and empowering – you end up really feeling like part of the family. There is always someone to help if you don’t know what you’re doing or if you just need someone to talk to, like Jo and David Carter. There really is freedom to be yourself, discover God’s calling for you, mess up a few times but mostly succeed!