Meet Jason Sime

Hi, I am Jason Sime. I am sure some of you already know a little bit about be, I have met some of you and I know some have had wee look at my FaceBook page, but here is just a little bit about me that you may not know.

I was born and grew up in a small part of North Belfast called ‘Tiger’s bay’, If that sounds familiar it is also the area where boxing world champion Carl Frampton is from. I attended the local primary school, Currie Primary, and grew up as a member of the BB in my home church MacRory Memorial, now Fortwilliam and MacRory Presbyterian. From there I went on to attend RBAI where I studied for my GCSE’s and A Levels and then studied Modern History at Queen’s University Belfast for four years, coming out with a Masters degree.

During my time at University I volunteered in every thing I could find time for, the main two in my home church were BB and youth club while occasionally doing detached youth work and helping to run a football club. I also worked part-time in JD Sports, so if you’re ever wondering that is indeed why I seem to have so many trainers. I should also warn you now that I am a massive Liverpool fan and will take any opportunity available to engage in some friendly football related banter.

I grew up in a small Presbyterian Church on a peace line in North Belfast. I was a regular at Sunday School and BB and later youth club. That church amalgamated with Fortwilliam Park in 2005 and I continued to be a member of the new congregation. As I got older I gradually began transitioning from being a member of these organisations to assisting the leaders to becoming a leader. In these organisations I have works with kids and young people of all ages and under all circumstances. While being a member of Fortwilliam and MacRory, I began attending St. Paul’s Church of Ireland on Sunday nights and became heavily involved in their youth fellowship. It was also through St. Paul’s that I had the chance to help with Holiday Bible Clubs, youth weeks and events like StreetReach.

Over the last year I have been taking a year out and have been working with New Wine and St. Mary’s Ballybeen doing youth and children’s work. The last year has been incredibly enjoyable and has taught me a lot about myself and about youth and children’s work. I look forward to joining everyone at the Cathedral and bringing some of the stuff I have learned with me.