As a child growing up in a church you know that you ‘have’ to be saved but I never truly understood why. I always knew that God sent His only Son Jesus to die on the cross and take away my sins because it was all we ever heard but what did it really mean to me? 

As I got older the importance of God in my life was non-existent, I never thought about Him, never talked to Him and never appreciated what He continued to do for me. 

This all quickly changed when I was asked by one of my friends in school to attend a youth service at Whitewell Metropolitan.  At the start I was a bit unsure on what to do because I had disappointed God so much over the past few years I felt like I was not worthy of going. My mum and dad persuaded to me go and I am so thankful that they did. 

This was the first time I had truly encountered the presence of the Holy Spirit and God spoke into my life. It made me realise what I had been missing and how much God had and continued to work in my life even when I was constantly disobeying Him. That evening God changed my life because ever since then I have been walking strong in my faith with God. Yes, I come across many challenges as a young person with my faith but He is forever faithful and every day I am thankful for His grace and mercy to have stayed with a sinner like me. I’m a sinner saved by the grace of God and I have never been happier.

I think church is not only a place to meet with the anointing of God but to be surrounded by your brothers and sisters while we all worship our Father in Heaven.  I believe this alone is a blessing. Most seventeen year olds do not see Sunday as their highlight of the week, but I do. I get so excited for church because it’s the one time in the week I meet up with people I love and worship our God together and learn all about His Word.

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