Alex

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I was brought up in a Christian family attending the family service at a church in the next village so that I could go to Sunday School. At about the age of 14, the chaotic family service no longer suited my parents and we moved to another village church in the same parish so that we could attend the rather more subdued 8 am service. With a congregation of about 20 and an average age of about 80, I was the youngest member there. With just a wheezy old organ that struggled to get a tune out to accompany the singing, it was not my idea of fun.

When I came to Eastbourne in 2005 to study at university, a friend of mine introduced me to Victoria and for the majority of the last five years I have attended the weekly services. I say for the majority because when I lost my mother to cancer in 2008, I felt so let down and betrayed by God. Having spent months praying for her recovery and then to lose her, I began to wonder if there really was a God. This led to me turning my back on the church. Feeling confused, I still began to pray. I suppose in my mind I was trying to find a glimmer of hope that there really was a God. After eight months of turmoil and feeling so alone, a friend of mine re-introduced me to Victoria and I have never looked back. When I think back to those dark months, I see now that I was not alone. God was always there for me, for it was then that he carried me. It is just that I chose to go around with my eyes shut going out of my way to ignore him. I am so grateful that I have found Victoria and I now spend each day trying to live in a way that God would want.

I still make mistakes and find myself asking for forgiveness. However, I now know that God is on my side and he walks with me every step of the way. Losing touch with the church has in the end brought me closer to God and I am sure that this was his way of proving to me how great he truly is.

I have thought about baptism on and off since I joined Victoria but being brought up as an Anglican who was christened and confirmed as a child, my parents both said to me that I could not go around getting baptised at every church. However, whilst I may have gone through these motions, none of it was ever my choice and I feel that I am now ready to show that I want to be obedient to the path set out by Jesus. As the apostle Paul says, “We were, therefore, buried with him through baptism into death in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.” I am ready for this new life and excited to see what the Lord has in store for me. I realise that my mother is now serving the Lord and I know that I too will one day see her and Jesus. However, in the meantime, I want to do my best to serve the Lord and spread the word of the gospel. I want to help others to find Jesus Christ and for him to turn their lives around like he has turned mine.

This week at Victoria

November 2017

Thursday 23rd November 2017

Women's Fellowship  2.45 pm in Wigner Room

Nineveh Prayer Group 7.30 pm to 9.00pm in Welcome Centre

Friday 24th November 2017

Vicky Bees  10:00 am to 11.45am in Lower Floor Suite

Kids' Club  5.00pm to 6.30pm in Main Hall

Friday Night Youth  7.00pm to 8.30pm in Main Hall

Sunday 26th November 2017

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30 am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15 am in Main Auditorium

Monday 27th November 2017

Vicky Bees  10:00 am to 11.45am in Lower Floor Suite

Tuesday 28th November 2017

Soaking in the Spirit 7.30pm to 9.00pm in John Butcher Room

Wednesday 29th November 2017

CAMEO  10.00 am to 12.00pm in Welcome Centre

Vicky Bees  10:00 am to 11.45am in Lower Floor Suite

Boys' Brigade  7.00pm to 9.00pm in Main Hall

Thursday 30th November 2017

Women's Fellowship  2.45 pm in Wigner Room

December 2017

Friday 1st December 2017

Kids' Club  5.00pm to 6.30pm in Main Hall

Friday Night Youth  7.00pm to 8.30pm in Main Hall

Sunday 3rd December 2017

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30 am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15 am in Main Auditorium

Encounter - Worship Event  5.30pm to 6.30pm in Main Auditorium

Monday 4th December 2017

Cardarama 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Welcome Centre

CLT Meeting 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Main Hall

Wednesday 6th December 2017

CAMEO  10.00 am to 12.00pm in Welcome Centre

Boys' Brigade  7.00pm to 9.00pm in Main Hall

Thursday 7th December 2017

Mens' Fellowship  10.15 am in Wigner Room

Women's Fellowship  2.45 pm in Wigner Room

Nineveh Prayer Group 7.30 pm to 9.00pm in Welcome Centre

Friday 8th December 2017

Kids' Club  5.00pm to 6.30pm in Main Hall

Friday Night Youth  7.00pm to 8.30pm in Main Hall

Saturday 9th December 2017

Flow Cafe  10.00am to 12.00noon in Ground Floor

Sunday 10th December 2017

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15 am in Main Auditorium

Evening Service  5.30pm to 6.30pm in Main Auditorium

Wednesday 13th December 2017

CAMEO (with lunch)  10.00 am to 12.00pm in Welcome Centre

Boys' Brigade  7.00pm to 9.00pm in Main Hall

Thursday 14th December 2017

Women's Fellowship  2.45 pm in Wigner Room

Friday 15th December 2017

Kids' Club  5.00pm to 6.30pm in Main Hall

Friday Night Youth  7.00pm to 8.30pm in Main Hall

Sunday 17th December 2017

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30 am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15 am in Main Auditorium

Monday 18th December 2017

Cardarama 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Welcome Centre

CLT Meeting 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Main Hall

Wednesday 20th December 2017

CAMEO  10.00 am to 12.00pm in Welcome Centre

Boys' Brigade  7.00pm to 9.00pm in Main Hall

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