Over the past few years, our staff team has grown and changed. We want to help you get to know the St Michael’s team! So, in the second of our occassional series, we put some questions to St Michael’s Centre and Events Manager, Andy Mead.
How long have you been a part of St Michael’s and what motivated you to come here?
I have been working here for just over 2 years having started on June 1 2017. I was at a bit of a crossroads career wise and wasn’t really sure what to do and the opportunity to apply to help out in St Michael’s Centre came up. A few people mentioned that I should apply for it and the rest, as they say, is history! I love the ethos of the place and it really feels that we are serving the community. It is important to me that we don’t just run St Michael’s Church Centre as a business, but that we take time to foster positive relationships with all who use the Centre and Old School Rooms and show them the vision of being a Christian heart at the centre of the Community in action.
What is your current role at St Michael’s?
I am currently the Centre and Events Manager which encompasses a wide range of duties. These include working with individuals and organisations to ensure they have the best experience when hiring and using our facilities. It also involves ensuring a balance between corporate, community and church activities at the centre.
What do you enjoy most about it?
I love it when we have big events here: like the Stuart Townend concert or some of the big corporate conferences. It’s hard work but I love the buzz around the place when the events are on and the satisfaction of a job well done when they are finished. I also love the fact that we could have Beehive Toddler Group, Golden Oldies singing group and an MOD conference going on at the same time – the centre really serving all aspects of the community. I have met a wide range of people whilst working here who I would never have had met had I not been working at St Michael’s, and that feels pretty special too. I work with a great team of people here too which not only makes my job easier but also really enjoyable.
What’s been a highlight for you in the past year?
I think all the big events we had. The run of events last Autumn was great. It was a lot of hard work behind the scenes but hearing the enjoyment everyone got out of them made it all worth while.
What do you do to relax?
I watch a lot of sport, football mainly. I enjoy doing that, although watching Bristol City isn’t always very relaxing! I have started running (slowly!) in the last year and after completing Couch to 5K I have run two 10Ks, including the Bristol 10k this year which really felt like a sense of achievement.
What’s your favourite bible verse or story, and why?
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11. This verse has really helped me during difficult times and gave me strength and purpose when I felt I didn’t have any.
And lastly –we know you are not a cake fan, so what is your favourite snack food and why?
Chocolate and Haribo!! Especially the little Haribo Jelly Men!!