Gap Year

Activities at Coleg y Bala

What is it?

The GAP YEAR is a practical course in nurturing disciples which runs for one year (September-August) based at Coleg y Bala, the Children and Youth Centre of the Presbyterian Church of Wales.


The aims of the GAP YEAR are:

  • to encourage personal and spiritual development
  • to strive to an increasingly Christ-like character
  • to help each student to recognise his or her talents and potential
  • to develop effective leadership, communication and team-building skills
  • to help and enable each student to comprehend his or her future contribution to the Church


Students have opportunities to experience and get involved with the various activities related to the work at Coleg y Bala.

This includes:

  • preparing and presenting Christianity to children and young people in a relevant and contemporary way on weekend, summer and mid-week courses
  • attending team meetings: participating and occasionally leading the Centre's daily service
  • assisting with the administrative work at the Centre as required

There are also opportunities for the student to partake in youth and children's activities outside Coleg y Bala: those run by other employees of the Presbyterian Church of Wales. This includes preparing and taking part in the following activities:

  • Youth and children's clubs
  • Souled Out regional groups
  • Services in churches
  • Local mission
  • Sunday schools
  • Morning services in primary and secondary schools
  • Christian unions

The student will have regular meetings with a permanent member of staff in order to examine the diary and organise a suitable programme of work.

Experience of working in other areas

During the year, the student will have an opportunity to work with church leaders or workers in other areas. Dependent on the location, the student can have various experiences of working with children and youth, schools, adults and families, as well as the chance to develop his or her understanding of some aspects of pastoral and leadership work.


Each student will receive individual mentoring during the GAP YEAR. The aim of this process is to support each student's personal  relationship with God.


If you are interested in being a GAP YEAR student, please contact Coleg y Bala for further information or download the application form.


Gap Year Students

Emily Steel


I'm from Rhyl and have just finished my A levels in Art, Biology and Religious Studies. I'm a music lover, artist and book worm! Politics, world issues and comparative study of different religions also tend to capture my interest! I have chosen to spend this year in Coleg y Bala to develop my relationship and understanding of God and be shown a different approach to worship and beliefs within Christianity. I hope to contribute to the work done here for this community, especially with children and youth, and to learn conversational Welsh. I plan to work within the Church after University, so also intend to decide this year what kind of role would best suit me.

I would really appreciate your prayers for the above.


Lydia Sherwin-Weedall

I come from a little village called Llandderfel just outside Bala, but I originally come from Corris. I’m in the middle of finishing my Level 3 in hairdressing. I’ve been coming to the Coleg for the last 3 years of my life and it has helped me grow in my love of God. During this next year I would love for my relationship with God to grow and strengthen. It is also important for me to understand and learn more about my gifting from God. This year I’m looking forward to seeing God at work in the lives of the children and young people that come to the Coleg and I’m also hoping that the Lord opens my eyes regarding the next steps in my life.


I’d really appreciate your prayers for the year ahead.