What is Form:
Form is a year of hands-on discipleship, running in many places across the UK, and in Europe! At Westwood, we run from September to June, with a mixture of teaching, serving, apprenticeships, projects and mission.
We are committed to raising up, equipping, and releasing a generation of
young adults that are passionate disciples of Jesus, with the character to sustain their callings.
It is an intense year where you will be transformed, as you give God space to challenge and grow you to look more like Jesus. Form is a 2-day commitment each week during term time, with 3 weekend residentials (together with the other Form centres) and a mission trip – often the highlight of the year!
A Formee ‘graduate’ has written a blog about her experience on Form:
Exceeding the Expectations of a Grumpy Disciple
To say I wasn’t especially keen on the Form ‘Great Blessing Adventure’ would have been a massive understatement (the full extent of which was only experienced by my very patient husband!). I was so ready for my stereotypical idea of a mission trip; helping to build a church in a remote area, or looking after the poor and vulnerable abroad…but I simply wasn’t ready for a week of trusting the Holy Spirit to lead us in the UK! Realising that not attending and pretending to be ill wasn’t going to be an option…
Quotes from the Form Reviews of the Year 16/17
‘I’m realising I don’t need to live for the approval of others – that’s brought a lot of freedom!’
‘God has provided for us at each and every stage of our year – not just enough to survive, but enough to be generous’
‘I’ve stopped trying to control all my fears – instead I’m allowing Holy Spirit to bring me into a place of peace – and to surrender to his agenda. He is in control!’
‘God has taught me that we need others to help us on our journey. My stubbornness has gone – God gave me the space to surrender. I am now more loving of myself so that I can love others. Despite pain and sickness, God has given me incredible joy. I am a precious daughter of God’
‘I’ve learnt that when I let God be in control, life is so much better. He’s taught me how to love myself the way he loves me. I get the ultimate approval of my Father no matter what other people think of me. I am a precious child of God’
‘God has shown me what family is really about. They are always there. Gods power in us has shown me amazing generosity. Jesus helped me speak to 200 strangers about him. I’ve learnt how to pray and talk to Jesus and read the bible out loud. I can now forgive people who hurt me. I’ve conquered my addictions, and through my story, I want to lead people to God. I’m not scared any more. God has made me brave!’
‘I’m no longer terrified of being upfront or getting things wrong. I can put my trust in God that things will be more than ok when I lead the things he’s called me to’
‘I can do anything through God who gives us strength. I’ve understood the root of my low self-esteem and how to bring God’s truth into my life. He’s started the process of healing me up from past hurts. He’s revealing his heart for others in need and helping me to become a disciple-maker’
‘God’s been changing my heart, and a hunger to want to know God more. I’m incredibly grateful for the close friendships and the experience of huddle to process deeply what God is saying.’
‘God has taught me the value of having other people around me. Going to Sicily amazed me at the possibility of seeing what we might be doing in 15 years time.’
‘God is more than enough. His assignment is best. I can trust in him to step out in faith. Being vulnerable was a struggle – the evangelism we did in Warrington, although really difficult at the time, later showed me that it’s not about me – it’s about God. Growth is a choice we make – making Jesus Lord of my life by weeding out the lies I have believed about myself. I want to choose to submit my life to him. I want to go beyond superficial relationships. I don’t find my identity anymore in what others think but who God says I am’
‘God is good. It’s not been an easy year. Much has been demanded – but the blessings have been extravagant. It’s changed me to realise that to ask for and accept help is not a sign of weakness. Usually my head wins – but when I allow my heart to speak, I have come to know peace and God’s goodness. God is good, and this I know’