What is the New Wine Discipleship Year?

In a nutshell, the Discipleship Year is about growing as disciples of Jesus, learning how to serve him and his Kingdom with the whole of your life, for the whole of your life. It will take you on a life-changing journey of discovery and adventure, where you’ll be inspired, get practical Kingdom experience, make life-long friendships, and have a lot of fun in the process!

Who is it for?

The Discipleship Year is for ANYONE aged 18-24 looking to:

  • Grow confidence in who God has made you to be
  • Discover the purpose he has for your life
  • Get involved by serving in a local church
  • Discover, exercise and nurture your spiritual gifts and passions
  • Be challenged to step out, risk and see God work through you
  • Experience the adventure of overseas mission


September 2021, sees the start of the New Wine Discipleship Year (NWDY) at St. Luke’s. It was originally started by Gareth Dickinson in 2012, when he was on the leadership of Trinity Cheltenham and New Wine. NWDY is now in its ninth year and runs in 14 training hubs across the UK.

The nearest training hub is at St. Mary Bredin in Canterbury (33-mins from St. Luke’s), where it has been running for 7yrs.

What's Involved

Most placement options for DY students are part-time, but St. Luke’s and the SMB hub are running the internship programme in partnership with Canterbury Diocese and the Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme. This enables us to offer full-time placements at no cost to you from September. 

A typical week on placement at St. Luke’s will involve meeting with the core team for worship, team meetings, and planning and delivering ministry. The teaching day in Canterbury is weekly on a Wednesday in term-time, when quality teaching stems from New Wine filmed materials, local speakers and church leadership.

St. Luke’s is a growing church family with members from all ages and stages of life. The successful applicants would be working closely alongside the vicar and core team for the year. 

Internships Offered

You will be given the opportunity to serve and lead in a variety of areas, which may include: Worship leading, Kids Church, Youth & Schools Work, LIFE Groups, ALPHA, Admin and Digital Engagement. There is also the opportunity to go on a short-term mission trip towards the end of the academic year.

We hope you will join us at St. Luke’s for what will be a year of growth and transformation. If you’re interested we’d love to hear from you, please email Gareth using the form below.

Interested in DY?