GOD called her to buy a bus; so that is what Emily Finch, aged
23, spent her savings on this year. She had just completed a
degree in Christian Youth Work at St John's College, Nottingham,
when she moved to York. She attends G2, a
café offshoot of St Michael le Belfrey, and felt impelled to buy
the church's youth-work bus.
"As far as I knew," she says, "the bus wasn't for sale, but I
strongly felt God calling me to buy it." When she approached Lee
Kirkby, the Belfrey's youth worker, he asked how she knew that they
wanted to sell the ten-metre-long bus. So, supported by the
Scripture Union, she bought it.
She is now setting up her own charity, the Bus Stop, to help
manage the project. "The plan is to make the bus a resource for
smaller village churches that currently don't have any young people
at church on Sunday," she says. "The bus is a transportable
youth-space - young people are really drawn to it, and want to find
"So I can come and help a church to build relationships with
young people, or, if those relationships are already there, lead
Alpha courses. I don't want to dictate what will happen with the
bus: I will always work with congregations, as the young people
will be part of their church."
The Bus Stop will be going on the road in January, and in the
spring it will get a paint job and be fully refurbished. Miss Finch
says that she is going to hold a competition among young people to
design what it will look like; and she is currently taking lessons
to learn how to drive it. "So many people have helped me: bus
drivers have been giving me free lessons . . . and a Christian
farmer is letting me store it, free, in one of his barns.
"It's a bit of a risk to buy a bus like this, but I prayed about
the money I had in my savings, and felt it wasn't mine: it was
God's. . . I'm a bit scared people will know me as the crazy bus
lady, but, if it helps young people to come to know God, it's all