All Christians are on a journey of faith. Here are some personal stories of how people have come to faith and are continuing to grow in faith.
I gave my life to the Lord through the christening of my children. We were living in Burton-on-Trent at the time. To have our child christened, we had to attend the church for a period of time, and a couple came from the church to talk to us about the christening but they also talked to us about Jesus and about having a personal relationship with him.
After that, I thought I was a Christian, but over time, I came to realise that I was not really and the Lord opened my heart to hear the message of salvation. I was invited to a men's breakfast and a guest speaker gave a talk and a powerful testimony of how he came to Jesus. At the end of the talk he asked if anyone would like to give their life to the Lord and he would pray a prayer for them to receive Jesus as Saviour. I realised then that I needed to give my life to Jesus, so I did and it was the best day of my life! I then went on to be filled with the Holy Spirit and was later baptised by full immersion.
Over the years I have grown in intimacy with Jesus, even when things have not been easy for me.
When I came to St Barnabas, I felt that this was the place for me and I was made most welcome sensing a real peace in my heart. This church feels like my home and my family.
I used to go to Sunday School as a child with my sister but stopped going when I was 15 years old. I never forgot about God and have prayed many times over the years that I didn’t attend church.
When I had my own children, we lived near to St Barnabas Church and they attended there for Rainbows and Brownies. One of my children wanted to know more about the Church so we started attending each Sunday. After a few years we moved from the area and stopped attending Church again.
After many years away from St Barnabas my daughter wanted to get her son Christened there. She invited me to go to St Barnabas with her. To my surprise my husband also wanted to come with us which was wonderful. We arrived there and were greeted by a very friendly and warm congregation. We recognised a lot of people that we knew from the previous visits years ago and it was lovely to catch up with everyone.
We now attend weekly with our children and grandchildren. Our weekly visits have renewed my faith and kept me strong through some difficult times. I am so glad that we came back to St Barnabas. We all feel part of the Church family now and could never imagine being away from it. We have a lot to thank God for.