I chose the Contextual Course at MCYM as I was excited by the variety of opportunity the course presented. I had recently married and moved to Notts a week or two before the course started, and wondered what God had in store for me here. At the beginning of the course I was new to the area and unsure of what to expect but was warmly welcomed and now feel at home here which was so important to me. It turned out that my placement was in Hyson Green and Forest Fields, a very diverse area of Nottingham, home to many people seeking asylum and refuge. I am constantly learning and so often deeply challenged in this course: developing my understanding of working in the church, continuing to learn how to care for those who are seeking asylum and developing my own personal relationship with God and have immensely enjoyed getting to know the children and families in the parish. I never thought that this would be what I would be doing this year, but am so glad St John's college has provided me with a friendly and firm foundation to explore this area of ministry.
1st Year MCYM student BA in Contextual Ministry and Practical Theology