I decided to be christened at the age of 8 which was the start of my journey. But it has been in the past year (when I met Selina and the youth workers) that I have started to become more committed and serious about all this. I find - especially during my GCSE's and other stressful times - that it helps me relax and focus again. For example the time when I went to Lee Abbey and was able to explore my faith more and find out what religion is really all about.
I've had many powerful experiences, one was during the Alpha Course where we were focusing on heeling and people prayed for my knee problems to go away and after a few minutes my legs kept flinching and at some points I almost kicked people. However, since then I've had no problems at all.
I've always believed in God and I've grown up with lots of Christians that are my age, older and younger, so I thought if all these people say it's true then it must be. From what I've experienced, people having miracles answered and great things happening I've decided I really want to be part of the Christian faith even more."
Like many of us here today I have had to battle my fair share of demons, from a past I would rather forget. They left me broken, I found it hard to trust, love and be loved.
Then one fateful day, on the side of a wet soapy hill, I met the Vicar. She invited me on a bike ride, and that ride was to be the beginning of my journey.
I’d love to be able to stand here and say it’s been easy, but it hasn’t. I am having to learn to love, to trust and to forgive. Facing up to things from the past and not locking them away has made this one of the hardest years of my life, emotions have been raw and many times I have wanted to give up and walk away.
However amongst all the pain and mess it has also been a year full of amazement, God has clearly been at work, and the continuous love and blessings I receive leave me speechless and give me the courage to go on.
This church really has become my family and you have all played some part, however big or small, in helping me begin to heal.
Our God really is awesome!