We were blessed to have Graeme Chamberlain join us this summer as pastoral intern. Here is his 'last word'.
Graeme’s really cool summer
It’s crazy how when you are at the start of a journey it feels like it will take so long to get to the end. But somehow when you look back over the journey it feels the opposite - the time has gone too fast. Suddenly there isn’t much more of the journey to relish in.
When I first got a call from Alex Shepherd about the possibility of doing my summer placement here at Chapel Hill it was hard to contain my excitement. Now that I am into the last few days of my time at Chapel Hill it’s still hard to contain my excitement of how great of a placement it has actually been.
I have seen Jesus in various places this summer that have ranged from intense joy to deep grief. I’ve been allowed to come alongside you in these situations and journey with you, which has been my great honour and privilege. I find it incredibly sad I was only able to be here with you for three months, as I would have loved to continue journeying with more of you. You have given me treasured memories that I’m so grateful to God for.
There are many experiences and stories that have impacted me over the past three months but none more than the deep kindness of everyone towards me. Coming into a church with a big leadership role is quite an intimidating thing to do but you have all helped with the smooth transition by warmly welcoming me into the Chapel Hill family. This is definitely one of your greatest strengths in making people feel a sense of belonging and being welcomed very quickly. Please don’t lose this identity of yours.
Paul’s words to the Philippian church resonate in my heart for you, “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.”
This has been a deeply enriching experience for me and I hope you will continue to abide in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit and in doing so glorifying the Father.