My Impact year

What has Nathaniel been up to?

Nathaniel Pullan | Fri, 27th Jul 2018

For the last 12 months, Nathaniel Pullan has been on our IMPACT training programme. Here he writes a little bit of what he’s been up to and how it has helped him grow.

Why I decided to do Impact

It was about 6 months before starting IMPACT that I felt God speak to me about doing it. I wanted to learn more about how a church works and what actually keeps it going day to day. I knew there was a lot to do behind the scenes. I also did it so I would feel part of Jubilee as a church as this was important to me for the future. It was going to Newday 2017 when I camped with Jubilee, that helped me to decide to do IMPACT.

What has been involved

There has been a wide range of things, which I have been involved in:

Getting to know people in the church

I have been able to spend more time with different people within the church for meals and even staying at people’s houses for some nights so I didn’t have to travel up and down every day from my parents home in Northumberland.

Training weeks 

As part of IMPACT there have been 3 weeks of training in Shrewsbury doing a course called ‘Into The Word’, which is designed to give you a better foundation in reading the Bible. It was a great opportunity to be with the other people doing IMPACT from around the country. There was not a lot of time this year to make good friends with the other people on IMPACT but I do feel I made friends with most of them. It was really good fun to be with the other people on IMPACT and see what their year was like.

Mission Weeks

There were 2 mission weeks which involved helping 2 church plants, one in Preston and one in Halifax. This again was with the other people on the programme. They both had some bible training in the morning and in the afternoon we went out on outreach around those towns. In Halifax, we did some leaflet drops for their Christmas event and in Preston, we made a video on the streets asking people 3 questions. We also had a chance to meet with people in the church plants and it was good to see how other churches are run. On the Halifax week I stayed with Jeff and Cathy (who used to be part of Jubilee) and on the Preston one, I stayed with some of the IMPACT team.

Working in the office

In the church office, I have helped with a wide range of things from designing signs and posters, editing a video to show how people could serve in the church and helping the leaders with planning for sermons and talks. It has been a great chance to get to know the leaders and see what goes on behind the scenes of the church. 

Helping in Open Door North East

On a Monday I helped with Open Door North East in the Men’s drop in for asylum seekers and refugees. I mainly helped with the food side; registering people and giving out food. It has been a big eye-opener and made me have a lot more respect for how I use my money and how blessed I am for being born in the UK and not having to flee from my own country. It has also been a great chance to socialise with people that come to Open Door. I have played lots of pool with them (!) which has been a great way to get to know them.

Alpha and Life+

I have also helped out with the Alpha course and Life+ on Sunday nights, giving a helping hand with setting up the rooms, ensuring guests are made to feel comfortable and clearing up the food.


I always appreciated my leaders as a young person and so was keen to get involved with helping young people grow in God. I have been able to do this through helping with a church youth group on a Friday night in Morpeth and helping in the youth in Jubilee on a Sunday morning.

What have you learned this year?

I have learned so much this year. IMPACT has given me a chance to grow in maturity and confidence. I have had to do many things that, 12 months ago I would have been very nervous about doing.’

I’ve learned to work in a team with others and to focus work to meet deadlines.

I have had to be in the office, at Open Door and at youth activities at regular set times. This has helped me to manage my time better. I have also had to work to the deadlines of others which helped me be more focused.

I would definitely recommend IMPACT to anyone who is considering applying. It is a great way to develop your gifts, grow in your faith and serve the church!

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