Dear Hope Family,
We’d love to introduce you to the two Fellows who are serving at our church this year as well as let them share a little about the Fellows program. We hope you’ll take the time to get to know them this year!
How does the Fellows program work?
Will Parker: The Fellows Program is a 9-10 month spiritual, personal, and professional development program designed to help recent college graduates learn to integrate their faith, personal lives, and work for the glory of God. The program provides an unique opportunity to live and work in a new city, get connected to a new church, and to learn how to love and serve people and communities. The basic rhythm of the program is this:
Monday: Work & Round table (dinner & worship at a church members home)
Wednesday: Half day of work, Leader Lunch (weekly lunch with a community leader who shares how their faith impacted their vocations/ careers/ choices/ lives etc…), & Bible study
Friday: Classes (Bible & personal development)
The WS Fellows program is a little different than most in that all the fellows live together, while in most other programs fellows live with a family in the church that they attend. As part of the WS Fellows, each fellow is paired with a family in their church and a mentor. Fellows are also expected to serve at their assigned church. This often involves youth ministry but really comes down to the needs of the church and the fellows skill sets.
Why did you join the Fellows?
Will: I decided to do a fellows program because I realized I had no idea how to work for the glory of God. I had moved to a new city for a job the summer after my junior year of college where I didn’t know anyone, wasn’t connected to a church, and worked primarily with non-Christians. I quickly realized I didn’t know how to get connected to a new church (though by the grace of God I loved the first church I attended there), to find friends, or how to work to God’s glory when no one I worked with was a believer and where most everyone I worked with hated their jobs. I had also realized I really didn’t want to be an engineer so the Fellows program provided a nice opportunity to try another career path while helping teach me how to do the above well.
Marley Cate: I joined the Fellows because I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do after graduating college. I had friends that had previously done other Fellows programs and talked very highly of their experience and was drawn in by how much they had grown both professionally and spiritually. After talking to our directors, Ned and Hef, I knew that I wanted to do the Winston-Salem Fellows because of how seen they made me feel. I also loved the idea of having a like-minded community after graduating from college.
How are you serving at Hope Church?
Will: I help lead the middle school boys at youth group. I’ll help with sound & video on Sunday mornings. Last Sunday was the first time but hopefully will do it fairly regularly.
Marley Cate: I am leading a small group for middle girls at youth group as well as helping lead worship. I also am helping with the youth group’s social media page and taking pictures. So far, I have also helped lead worship on Sunday mornings by playing piano. I really enjoyed this and am excited to do this more!
What do you enjoy about the program?
Will: I love the community and fellowship! The WS fellows program is fairly unique among fellows programs in that all the fellows live together. Everyday you get to come home from work to 11 wonderful friends and just do life together. It truly is an amazing part of this program and makes everyday so much fun. I also really enjoy the classes we get to take as part of the program. I didn’t get the opportunity to study the Bible while I was in school and have really enjoyed it. We just finished a brief Old Testament class and a spiritual disciplines class.
Marley Cate: I absolutely love the community. The other Fellows make this year so special and bring so much joy to everything we do. I also love the community that we get connected with in Winston-Salem through our leader lunches, church involvement, and roundtables. I also love that we get connected with a family at the church and a mentor to make us feel welcomed and more at home!
What would you say to someone considering joining the Fellows program?
Marley Cate: I would absolutely recommend joining the Fellows. We’re not even half a year into the program and I have already learned a ton about myself and feel like I’ve strengthened my relationship with the Lord. The people I have met are already so dear to my heart and have made this year so memorable. I don’t think anyone would regret joining the Fellows.