Having the name Michael Palin was always going to be a great icebreaker! After spending much of my teenage years causing a small amount of trouble I got involved in a youth group and from then on things began to change. This was the beginning of my journey with God and realising His hand was on my life and He was keeping an eye on me.
Through 267 I want to support and encourage youth and children’s work across the area. I look forward to seeing what God is doing where you are and I hope to be able to support in some way.
I was looking to use my skills in a more meaningful way when ‘by chance’ I came across the267project. I say by chance but I have no doubt that it was God’s plan for me.
I am excited to know that young people in this area (including my own) have many opportunities through the work of 267 to encounter God. Opportunities at their own level that don’t involve their parents telling them what to do or believe, a chance for them to be themselves and for that to be OK.
Project Youth Worker
Mike rescued me when I was first commissioned to resurrect youth work in our church! So I have seen, first hand, the difference the project can make to front-line youth and children’s ministry.
I love the hands-on residentials, seeing the light-bulb moments in young people’s faith. I adore More? Cafe and the unique space it provides for people to wrestle with modern life and how Jesus fits in and I am a total, unashamed devotee of the Youth Leaders’ Network – supporting these crazy, big-hearted and creative workers who give so much for God’s Kingdom!
I have known 267 for around 5 years but never in my wildest dreams would I have expected to be joining the team for a year. Only when on the Oxford Fuel Team 24 hours getaway, did Mike suggest it as a passing comment and ever since, neither God, nor for that matter Mike have let me forget it!
Throughout my time at 267, I am so excited to meet many of the people involved in the project and throw myself into everything I can! 267 has allowed myself and many others to live out our faith the way it should and the way God wants it to be. The joy and laughter which radiates from every event cannot be measured and I hope to continue sharing in this for the year ahead.