OGA, Baltimore Presbytery’s The Center join in service-learning program
Partnership will enhance community engagement leading up to GA224
Interviews will be conducted next week to fill two intern positions at The Center in Baltimore, Maryland—a product of a partnership between the Presbytery of Baltimore-based service-learning program and the Office of the General Assembly (OGA).
The Center is a mission initiative of the Presbytery of Baltimore that hosts youth and adults from across the United States for a different kind of mission experience—one that allows them to volunteer beside members of The Center’s partner congregations and organizations, learn from local leaders, reflect theologically, and return home prepared to get involved in justice-making in their own communities.
The “Hands and Feet” initiative, inspired by General Assembly Stated Clerk J. Herbert Nelson, II, serves much the same purpose, but focuses on the cities where the biennial General Assembly is held. The 224th General Assembly (2020) is scheduled to meet in Baltimore.
“We have a wonderful group of candidates who are excited about serving the church in Baltimore,” says Andrew Yeager-Buckley, coordinator of the Hands and Feet initiative in the Office of the General Assembly. “We can’t wait to see what they accomplish.”
Hands and Feet interns at The Center will work with people of all ages from diverse backgrounds, leading groups visiting The Center for mission experiences. Ahead of groups’ arrival, they will join The Center’s executive director and program coordinator in collaborative ministry; planning materials for worship, devotions, and reflections; and evening programs.
They will lead groups as they serve in the community, serve as a bridge between the visiting group and the local partner organization, and co-teach programs and Bible studies that encourage participants to engage more deeply with the realities they encounter in the neighborhood where they’re serving.
The internships run from Sept. 12, 2018, to August 15, 2019. The Center and OGA will offer a second, year-long internship from September 2019 to August 2020 for year two of the Baltimore GA224 Hands and Feet initiative.