Over the summer we will be running a series of articles celebrating our five wonderful interns. Each week we will have Beth, Laura, James, Jonny or Sam sharing their view of the internship and their futures to come. Please check back each week to read the latest spot.
EDITION 3: Jonny "The Jester" Newton
For the last 9 months at St. Stephen’s I’ve been the Worship, Media & Communications Intern or the “bit of a mouthful” intern. The main part of internship has been managing website content and producing print and digital media – everything from flyers to videos. As well as that I’ve been lucky enough to be part of the amazing worship team drumming most Sundays.
Before I was at St. Stephen’s I was self-employed working as a drummer, filmmaker and general labourer, having been at Music College a few years before that. A couple of summers back I found myself in a place where God was stirring me in a new way. I’d applied for the Assistant Youth Pastor role at the church I was attending but was unsuccessful. This led to me stepping down as a leader in youth the ministry, which I had served quite heavily in for 5 years. This was the start of the stirring!
I spent a few months reflecting on what God was calling me to, having felt so strongly at that time that Youth Ministry was the thing he wanted me to go into but having been ‘turned away’. Eventually, with the help of others, I realised and came to the conclusion that my heart’s desire has always been worship focused, which led me to apply for the Worship Internship here.
Now, it’s amazing how many times you get broken before God remakes you. I was unsuccessful past the interview stage for the Worship Internship but was asked if I would be interested in the Media Intern spot. Although it wasn’t what I was looking for and it felt completely counter intuitive I knew St. Stephen’s felt right, something (or someone) was most definitely drawing me here.
It’s been a real blessing being able to explore, expand and nurture a wide range of skills both with in my role on the Communications Team as well as the Worship Team and even beyond. I’ve had many great experiences over the internship, one of them being attending the Worship Central Conference. In one particular session I felt challenged and found instilled in me a heart for working to make church (both here at St. Stephen’s and also the wider sense) totally accessible for all and it’s a heart I hope continues to grow in me over the months and years to come.
One standout highlight over the past 9 months has been getting to know the 4 other interns. They’re each completely on fire for Jesus and have a real heart to see his ministry grow. If you haven’t at least said hi to each of them I highly recommend doing so!
A massive thank you to all who have prayed and supported me and my fellow interns during our time here, we’ve really felt that support from the word go. It shouldn’t go unsaid that St. Stephen’s is a very welcoming, hospitable and supportive church. Everyone from the congregation through to the staff team is there for one another, so thank you for helping me grow in all those areas.
I feel hugely blessed to be continuing as the Media & Production Assistant as a part-time staff member. I very much feel this is a year in which God wants to lay down some long term foundations in my life and I’m so excited to see what of His work I’ll be involved in over this period!?
[Article by Jonny Newton]