A year to give and a year to grow.

Team on Mission is the gap year program in the Methodist Church in Ireland for 18-25-year-olds and it has been running for over 30 years. It’s a year to answer the call of Jesus: go and make disciples.

WHAT IS TOM?

“The mission has and always will be to answer the call of Jesus – to love God and others and to make disciples.”

Team on Mission is the gap year programme in the Methodist Church in Ireland for 18-25-year-olds. It has been running for over 30 years – before that, it was called YET (Youth Evangelism Team) and that ran for 12 years. The mission has and always will be to answer the call of Jesus – to love God and others and to make disciples.

The work is mostly with young people and children but the team also get involved in the whole life of the church Activities include kids clubs, school assemblies, BB’s and GB’s, church services, youth fellowships, drop-in’s, luncheon clubs, prayer rooms, large scale events and more.

Your year with Team On Mission is about experiencing life with new people in new places. The team is invited by churches all around Ireland to spend time with the church family and to work with the children and young people. Team On Mission gives you experience and training in youth and children’s work – including an accredited OCN (Open College Network) level 2 award in Youth Work Practice.

Our hope and prayer is that Team on Mission encourages, challenges and supports your relationship with God That you develop new skills, discover new gifts from God and be rooted in who He has created you to be.

WHO IS TOM FOR?

Anyone who is aged between 18 and 25 years old and wants an opportunity to impact the lives of children and young people across Ireland. Do you want to take a year to serve God, learn new skills, experience new places and meet lots of new people? You don’t need to be in a certain stage of life – you could be leaving school, leaving university, in a job, wanting a career break – wherever you are TOM Team could be for you. 

You’re here to be light- bringing out the God-colours in the world.

‘You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.’

Matthew 5:14-16

FAQs

  • Think and Pray about applying
  • Talk to others who have experience and who will support you
  • Request on online application form- available on our website in January of each year
  • Fill in an online application and complete by Friday, 30th March 2019
  • Put the interview date in your diary – Saturday, 13thApril 2019
    • Interviews are carried out as a mixture of group and individual interviews. We prefer everyone to attend these but we also understand that this may not be possible so if the date is proving difficult for you, contact us and we will consider rearranging.
  • £1800
  • Don’t panic!
  • You are required to raise this to help fund your year on team – get this information to your congregation and think about fund raising ideas. When people give you support in this way they are more likely to keep in touch and pray for you during the year.
  • Money can be paid in one lump sum at the start of the year or in 4 monthly instalments of £450 in September, October, November and December.
  • IMYC will receive your application and write to your references.
  • While we are dealing with your application we will be in contact with churches that are interested in booking a team on mission.
  • Await contact about your interview.
  • You will travel around Ireland to different churches and take part in the life of the church, mainly focusing on the youth and children’s work but also getting involved in other aspects of church life.
  • When you’re not on mission you will live and work as a team in Belfast – planning for missions, doing team Bible studies and enjoying good days of rest.
  • Throughout the year you will receive training that is relevant to youth and children’s work and attend team retreats.
  • You will be given a mentor for the year to support, challenge and encourage your faith.
  • You will have a pastoral one-on-one every month or so from a staff member.
  • IMYC staff are there to support and encourage you as you plan and prepare for missions and develop your gifts and skills.
  • Training begins on Monday, 2nd September 2019 and takes place in Belfast for 3 weeks. The year ends on Saturday, 10th August 2020.
  • That’s ok! Not all team members drive.
  • Officially you get 2 weeks at Christmas, a week at Easter and a few days after training to recover.
  • Each week you have at least one full day off and you work 2 out of 3 sessions on the other days.
  • If time off is needed for other things that’s no problem – everything is negotiable.
  • The team flat is on Fountainville Avenue near Queen’s University.

A YEAR TO GIVE & A YEAR TO GROW

Applications for TOM team 2019 are now closed. Applications for TOM32 will open January 2020.

SAY HELLO TO TOM30!

<b>AMY MCSHARRY, 19</b>
AMY MCSHARRY, 19TOM31
Hey! My name’s is Amy, I’m 19 and I’m from Sligo. I’ve just finished my first year of uni in TCD in Dublin studying Maths & Geography but am talking another gap year to be part of TOM31! My favourite things to do are play drums, paint and drink tea with a good pastry. I’m so excited for this year to build relationships with young people and also see what God is doing across the country as I travel a bit and be part of that!!
<b>SARA FULLERTON, 18</b>
SARA FULLERTON, 18TOM31
Hiya, my name’s Sara and I’m 18 years old. I attend Sydenham Methodist Church in Belfast where I also enjoy helping out with a Squirrel Scout Group. My hobbies include playing the trumpet, sketching and when I get the chance, any outdoor activities such as, high wire climbing. I’m looking forward to growing more in my faith throughout the year and learning to put God at the heart of everything I do. I am excited to meet new people and to carry out God’s work.
<b>AARON SWEENEY, 18</b>
AARON SWEENEY, 18TOM31
Hello! I’m Aaron, I’m 18 and I’m from Bloomfield Methodist Church in East Belfast. Currently I’ve just finished studying my A-Levels at Wellington College Belfast. One of the things I love is music and playing my guitar. I applied because I had always known I didn’t want to go straight to uni and when deciding what I was going to do with the year TOM kept coming up and here we are! I’m really looking forward to seeing how God will use the rest of the team and me throughout the year to impact on so many people’s lives and also to see how we all grow closer with God.

MISSIONS 2018-2019

02/09/18 – 20/09/18 – Training, Belfast
27/09/18- 29/09/18  – Soulmates House Party, Cork
19/09/18 – Interns Together 
04/10/18- 11/10/18 – Carnalea, Bangor
18/10/18 -20/10/18 – Sydenham, Belfast
25/10/18 – 27/10/18 – Autumn Soul
01/11/18- 03/11/18 – Bandon
08/11/18 – 09/11/18 –  Donegal
17/11/18 – 24/11/18 – Glengormley
27/11/18- 29/11/18  – Retreat
01/12/18 – 08/12/18Bloomfield

13/12/18 – 15/12/18 – Bray
17/12/18 – 05/01/19 – Holidays
09/01/19 – Interns Together
12/01/19 – 19/01/19 – Trinity
26/01/19 – 02/02/19 – Seymour Street
07/02/19 – 09/02/19 – Enniskillen
14/02/19 – 16/02/19 – Overflow
19/02/19 – 21/02/19 – Retreat
23/02/19 – 01/03/19 – Portadown
06/03/19 – 08/03/19 – Soul Mates
13/03/19 – 15/03/19 – Carrick
22/03/19 – 29/03/19 – Greater Shankill

05/04/19 – 12/04/19 – Donegal Circuit
13/04/19 – 19/04/19 – Holidays
26/04/19 – 03/05/19- Knock
07/05/19- Interns Together
08/05/19 – 10/05/19 – Newry
17/05/19 – 24/05/19 – Lucan, DCM
31/05/19 – 07/06/19 – Blanchardstown, DCM
10/06/19 – 14/06/19 – Conference
17/06/19 – 19/06/19 – Retreat
21/06/19 – 28/06/19 – Banbridge
05/07/19 – 12/07/19 – Longford
19/07/19 – 26/07/19 – Portlaoise
01/08/19 – 08/08/19 – Castlewellan Holiday Week

A YEAR TO GIVE & A YEAR TO GROW

Applications for TOM team 2019 are now closed. Applications for TOM32 will open January 2020.