We have asked some people who have joined us, both online and in our building when we opened after lockdown, to share a little of their story as they have travelled with us in 2020.
This is a Lady who has Suffered Bereavement
I have found things rather difficult since my husband of 60 years was called home in September 2020.
We were regular church attenders until lockdown started and our lives changed, we could no longer go to the weekday services but only Sunday and you had to book a place to conform to social distancing. Sometimes we were unable to decide whether to pre book and not go because he may not have felt very well that day, so life drifted on feeling strange not attending church.
Over the last couple of years, we had met up with John the pastor of your church and even attended a few times what a lovely welcome we received.
After my husband passed, I was sitting at home feeling deeply sorry for myself and it came to me I could get the bus to your church door.
The peace that surrounded me was amazing when sitting in your service, how could I find such beautiful feelings? After a few weeks I spoke to your pastor because I felt I was using your Church as a crutch, but he encouraged me to still come. I do not know what God’s plans are for me and if I may join with you all, until he guides me where he wants me to be.
One of my favourite sayings is, “if I were accused of being a Christian, I would pray I would be found guilty.” F H.
This is a Lady has found Help and Hope
I met people from your church last year and the support that I have received has been amazing. The Wellbeing Art Group gave me something to look forward to, being surrounded by lovely people.
I have recently started to do a bible study called Life, which your church is encouraging people to do, doing it makes me feel at peace with everything. I cannot wait until lockdown is over to be able to sing in church again. I feel so lucky to be part of the church and to realise there are such lovely people out there.
I have had such a struggle fighting for regular access to see my daughter, and to have the support of people from the church when attending court and working through stuff has been amazing.
I think my purpose in life is to keep my faith, I would like to get baptised and to help around the church setting and help anyone, so they do not feel alone. A A.
If you are interested in finding out more about joining our church family on-line, and how that might be of help for you, to journey with us and regularly have prayer support and pastoral care, please contact us via our website or phone our Minister John Hodgkins on 07795908207