A Wrap Up From Summer Intern, Matt Bachman:
Comical, insightful, spirit filled, and most of all, gratifying are just a few words that summarize my internship here at Troy United Methodist Church. My first week here at Troy UMC, was definitely a memorable one for me. Not just because the staff is great and enjoyable to work with, or the fact that I was excited to start my new internship, but because it was an amazing learning experience for me. Immediately on the first Sunday of my internship, while running back and forth between all four services, for the first time in my life, I was the worship leader in the 8am service. Not only was this the first time that I helped lead a liturgical service, it was the first time I had ever experienced one. This was the first time that I had ever used a hymnal for more than singing! That week, I also made my first ever hospital visit with Dennis, which was something that he thought I had done before, but I hadn’t.
Anyone who has said that it is impossible to enjoy your job, and not have it feel like you’re working while at work, has obviously never worked in youth ministry before. Every day that I spent working, whether I was in the church office or actually with the youth, seemed like I wasn’t actually at work. I have had jobs in the past where I dreaded stepping foot inside the building, but with this internship, I couldn’t wait to step foot inside the church and get to work, whatever I was doing that day. I have truly loved working with the youth, whether we were laughing, learning, or serving together. I have made some great friends, both in youth, and outside of youth. I can wholeheartedly say that I will be sad when this internship ends, but I am excited to see where God leads me and what He has instore for me for the future. I cannot thank Dennis, Kurt, the youth, the staff, or the congregation enough for all that I have learned and done here. You all made this a summer that I will remember for the rest of my life.