"I have absolutely loved being part of the MES scheme this year. It has really helped me to grow in confidence and has definitely made me consider my vocation.

There have been many healthy challenges over my time here so far. One of the most prominent examples is my experience leading services and study groups. This has been challenging as it has pushed me out of my comfort zone and enabled me to gain more experience talking to groups of adults.

A further example is the Sheppard Scholars’ theology days at St Martin in the Field’s. Having never done any theological study before, I have found it very challenging when reading the designated books, as I started to think more deeply about my own faith and how to apply the knowledge that I have gained in everyday situations. Although a challenge, it has become one of the highlights of my time here.

Another of the many highlights so far has been Noah’s Ark - our weekly parent and toddler group. I love the sense of community, as well as playing with the children and chatting with the adults and building the bond between the group and the church. It has been a pleasure to see some new faces at our children’s events, particularly the Crib Service on Christmas Eve, which happened for the first-time last year.

This year, I am planning an Easter Holiday Club, which is also something that hasn’t been done in my Church before. I am highly passionate about children’s and youth work in churches and have absolutely loved working on this. I have greatly enjoyed planning all the activities – it has taught me a great deal about organisation, and I am very much looking forward to seeing it come to fruition in April.

One of the most important things that I have learned so far this year is how to approach pastoral encounters with individuals. Pastoral meetings are very new to me, and as such have found it very interesting to observe others and learn different techniques to manage a wide variety of situations."