Interns are provided many opportunities to explore and grow spiritually, but a lot of these opportunities only happen when our interns embrace them. Interns are encouraged to live out their spirituality in all aspects of their lives; often such matters are addressed in the rule of life. Through living in community, simple living, work in the non-profit agency, and participation at St. Timothy’s interns will be both challenged and nurtured in their spirituality. There are monthly retreats in the year for TAP interns to take time to intentionally reflect upon the change and growth occurring.
The Abraham Project is unique from other ESC programs because it is very closely tied to a particular Episcopal parish – St. Timothy’s. Participating in worship and various activities at St. Timothy’s provides a variety of experiences to explore and practice faith privately and as well as in community. Interns attend Morning Prayer and Mass and Evening Prayer at St. Timothy’s every day. They also choose to become active in one of St. Timothy’s many ministries. Past interns have taken on responsibility with children’s ministry and Sunday School, with youth and student ministry, choir, ushering, acolyting, flower guild, and much more as part of their service requirement at St. Tim’s (learn more).
Interns are given three forms of spiritual mentorship at St. Timothy’s. Each intern will be “adopted” in three ways- by a church staff person, by a church family and by a former TAP intern. Each of these relationships allow interns to be loved and mentored individually, rather than collectively.
A year with TAP offers abundant opportunity for spiritual development on both a personal and communal level through St. Timothy’s and through the intentional community itself.