Ding, Ding…

Click, boom. Powerful lights illuminate the dusty canvas of the boxing ring. The excited crowd begins to cheer as the fighters walk in. They take their places opposite each other in the ring. All the months of training, all the hours in the gym have been leading up to these few rounds.

Ding, ding… The fight is on.

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Its funny how often the outcome of our lives is decided in a few very small moments: an exam, an interview, the bending of a knee, a night spent in a dimly lit hospital room. However, just as the boxing match isn’t won in the ring our lives aren’t won in those moments. Rather they’re won by the work we put in behind the scenes. Boxers spend hours in the gym, doing speed and strength exercises, sharpening their reflexes so that when they finally enter that ring they are as ready as they can be.

My work in Lucan Presbyterian is decided in these key moments, a conversation over coffee, the moments after a youth group, a random text. Just as a boxer has to train for their fight I need to train for these moments. I need to spend months, hours, reading my bible, working hard at my studies at IBI, praying, building relationships. All to make the most of the few moments that come my way.

While these moments are so important they are nowhere near as important as the time spent working for them. If I don’t read and study how can I live a life worthy of Christ; a life that shows others they can trust me? If I don’t build relationships with people how can I have those conversations that require familiarity and trust? If I don’t pray how will I have the strength to carry on?

That is where the real fight is, in the day-to-day work I have to do. I can go months without a key moment, but I still need to keep ‘training’. I need to keep the motivation to get up everyday and work, to get better so that when a moment presents itself I can make the most of it. Motivation is key, I need to have the drive to keep going, the drive to keep improving, never settling for what I have but always striving for more. That’s the real struggle.

This is where I need the most help, from others and especially from God. I need people around me who are constantly pushing me to be more. I need people praying for me, and I need God to strengthen and motivate me. Without it I am liable to give up on improving and settle for half-hearted moments, and a half-hearted ministry.

The unfortunate thing is the fight doesn’t get easier. There is always something else to improve, something else to work on, something else to learn. When I reach one peak I become more aware of the rest of the peaks still out there that I need to climb, more personal bests to achieve. All so that when I arrive at one of those key moments I dont mess it up.

So please, I beg, pray for me in this, pray that I am motivated, energised, committed. Pray that I can wake up each day, see the ‘training’ I have to do, the mountain I have to climb, and that I can run at it full speed. Pray that I can make the most of all these moments that come my way, that my ministry isn’t half-hearted.

I’m in the second half of my intern year at Lucan Presbyterian. I’ve settled in, I’m in the flow now, but I cant just go with it, I need to keep pushing on for more and more. I need to keep improving my work with MAD, trying to teach them more and more about God. Capitalising on the relationships I have forged so that I can show people the God that loves them more and more. So please keep praying for me, because I cannot do it alone, I am not enough, I need my coach, my motivation, my Lord.

Thank you guys for praying for me and keeping me in your thoughts, it means a lot!

God bless.

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Settling In…

It has been over three months since I moved to Lucan to live, work and study. It has been tough and lonely at times being far from friends and family. However, it has also been incredibly rewarding to be a part of the ministry that is going on down here. I am incredibly blessed to be in the position I am in. Studying in IBI and working in Lucan Presbyterian Church (LPC) is an amazing mix!

In IBI I have been studying some amazing subjects, Pastoral Care, Interpretation of the Bible, Communication, Old Testament, Ministry and Personal Development, and Study Skills. All of these subjects are amazing (Maybe study skills less so) and so relevant to my work in LPC. I’ve been just about managing to keep up-to-date with my studies and I can see them making a difference in how I work in LPC. Any talks I have given have been improved by the work I’ve done in communication classes, I think a lot more about how I can pastorally care for people than I used to, thanks to my Pastoral Care classes.

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It has been tough to balance my work life, college life, and personal life. I tend to allow more time for one or the other at the expense of the other two. I so far haven’t let the ball drop too much yet, but it’s something I need to figure out for myself. Fortunately I have a mentor, the great Josh McCance, it has been great getting to know him. Josh has been chatting to me about my work in LPC as well as my studies in IBI.

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In Lucan I have been leading a youth group that meets on Friday nights, MAD (That is its name). As well as that I have been helping Richard lead a youth group on Sunday nights, as well as a few other bits and bobs around the church. It has been busy and at many times I feel like I have no idea what i’m doing.

I has been very tough to get into the swing of things, but I am getting there and the people in LPC have been so kind and helpful. Karen (One of the leaders at MAD) has been helping me to get to know the youth. She has helped me run games, control the nights that go a bit haywire. All in all invaluable. Isabelle, one of the students in LPC has been very kind to me. Helping me to get to know other students in the area and to make friends. There are so many more people in LPC that have been an amazing help to my new life down here, if I were to list them this post would go on for days.

Richard has been amazing too, mentoring me as well as helping me top get used to the work load. I honestly love the work I have been given to do in LPC. I cant thank God enough for calling me here.

But despite loving everything I am doing I still need A LOT of prayer!
I need prayer for feelings on inadequacy, loneliness, tiredness.

I need prayer for time management, that I can give enough time to all of the things that I am doing and that they all get done well.

I need prayer for the future of my work in LPC, that I can work with God and in places that he is already moving so I can make the most of my time here.

 

Thank you guys for reading and for your continued prayer that I O’ so need!!

God bless,

Ryan Urquhart

Meet The Team

Hey,

This year I will be working in Lucan as part of the staff team there. However, I will also be part of another team, the team of interns.

From the 29th to the 31st of august the team and I were holed up in Union Theological College in Belfast. There we received training that will be invaluable to our work as interns over the coming year. The week was challenging and difficult, but also great fun.

The purpose of this blog post is so that I can show you who the other interns on the scheme are, what they are doing, and how you can pray for them.

So meet Andrew:

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Andrew is the youth intern in Lowe Memorial Presbyterian Church. He will mostly be working with youth in the church. Focusing on integrating young people, who have just graduated out of the youth fellowships and clubs into adulthood, with the church finding them a place and a ministry. His favorite word is “Beezer-geezer”.

Pray that he can get settled into his new house, his new job and his new church quickly. That he can trust in God and have an effective and trusting ministry at Lowe.

 

Meet James:

James is the intern in Maynooth Community Church. James will be working with the youth in the church, running their Friday night youth programme. As well as helping out in general Church activities. James loves doing escape rooms in record times too!

You can pray for James that his planning and events all go well. Also that the church grows as they are hoping to purchase their own premises soon.

 

Meet Rachel:

Rachel has come over from America! She is working in Ballycrochan Presbyterian Church. Rachel is very passionate about getting more youth into the church so that they can hear more about God.

Pray that she can get heavily involved with the church and that they listen well as she teaches them about our God who loves them so so much.

 

Meet Sarah:

Sarah is working in Ballysillan Presbyterian Church as well as in Friendship House! She is going to have a busy year ahead. Sarah’s favourite thing to do is to make fun of James for being so tall.

Pray that she can work with the church and the leaders already there. That she can encourage them and help to disciple them as they themselves disciple others!

 

Thank you guys so much for your prayer and your thoughts! Your kind messages mean so much!

God bless!

What’s The Plan

Hey,

So as many people know I will be heading to Lucan Presbyterian church to be their youth intern for the coming year. I will also be studying theology at Irish Bible Institute, it’s going to be a busy year!

My hope for this blog is that this would be a way of letting people back home know what I’m up to and to let people know what I need prayer for. This year will have many unique challenges, some I will have faced before. However, there will be many that I will not have faced before and will need much prayer for.

With all that in mind the only thing I ask if you read this blog is that you pray for me!

God bless,

Ryan Urquhart
P.s. I apologise for my spelling and grammar!