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


Rhiannon Hughes


I'm from Pwllheli and have been coming to Coleg Y Bala for years now and have helped on lots of children's courses, so I feel comfortable taking my gap year here because it's not new for me. In my free time I enjoy doing art. I hope to develop my giftings during the year and get more confident in them. I haven't worked much with young people yet so I'm really looking forward to having this experience and looking forward to developing new skills. I also look forward to having the chance to grow inmy faith in God. I have no plan for next year, I want to spend this year trying to work out what I want to do with my life and find out which path God wants me to go.
I would really appreciate your prayers for the coming year and for the above.


Lydia Sherwin-Weedall

I come from a little village called Llandderfel just outside Bala, but I originally come from Corris. I’ve been coming to the Coleg for the last 4 years of my life and it has helped me grow in my love of God. I came on the gap year part-time last year but decided to come back again to have an opportunity to serve for a year full-time. 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.