"An emotional rollercoaster"
Hi, my name is Chris and I want to tell you something about my life. It didn’t start too well because at the age of four my mum died of cancer. My next door neighbours whom I called aunty and uncle used to look after me as my Dad worked away.
By the time I was eight my aunty had introduced me to a Baptist church. She took me in the morning and the evening. Eventually I went to a children’s meeting on a Thursday night called Christian Endeavour. It was here I started to really learn about Jesus. I went every week and enjoyed it.
One Thursday I will always remember, that was when the leader of the group asked if anyone wanted to accept Jesus into their life. We all had our eyes closed and I knew with all my heart that I wanted to. I plucked up courage and put my hand up. I remember saying a prayer and the leader putting his hand on my head and praying for me. I was nine years old. For many years I went to church and in my teens I changed to the United Reformed Church nearer to where I lived. Like most teenagers I didn’t like getting up early on a Sunday morning so it was a bit of an hit and miss. I went to the youth meetings and enjoyed those but eventually I stopped going to both.
Over the next few years it was an emotional roller coaster for me as I lived with my auntie and uncle in the week and went home at the weekends. They had moved by this time. Life wasn’t easy as my auntie was a very controlling person and tried to turn me against my step mum and dad.
During all these years I used to pray to God and sort of knew that he was listening, but I only prayed if I needed help.
My uncle died and I went to live back home as my auntie went to live in Wales.
At 22 I married Paul and we started our married life in Clifton. After several years of marriage and two daughters I began to think about going back to church. I remember very clearly praying to God and asking him to find the right church for me that was within walking distance from my house. I thought that was a tall order but three weeks later, I was doing a crèche at the community centre (5 minutes away) when I got talking to some one who went to a Pentecostal church based in the community centre. She told me all about it and invited me along to the children’s club on a Wednesday night. I took my daughter Debs and she really enjoyed it. I went with her every week because she was so clingy.
One Wednesday I was invited to the church service, so that Sunday Debs and I went. As soon as I walked in and heard the music I knew it was right for me. It didn’t take me long to rededicate my life to God. Seven months later, Paul came in and accepted Jesus into his life. We were now a family going to church.
God changed my life dramatically over the following 23 years, he began to give me confidence to do things I never imagined I could do. I got involved with the children’s club and eventually ended up leading it for 11 years. I went into several schools in Clifton and did assemblies, I ended up heading that for many years. I also got involved in the worship team and became worship leader for a number of years.
I could never have achieved any of this without Jesus in my life, he changed me from always wanting to be at the back, into a confident person able to do things in front of many people. Most of all I have learnt that God never lets you down, he has never failed me. Over the years people have let me down badly but God never has. I have grown to trust him in all things, I know he loves me like no one else can. Being a Christian doesn’t mean life is going to be easy, but it does mean you have a God who will help you through all things.
Joining The Rock church is the next part of our Christian journey, we are very excited about what God is going to do. I know once again that God is going to take me into things I never thought I would be doing.
Real Christianity is never boring!