Vanessa

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When I started secondary school, one of my school friends was a Christian and she took me along to a youth group where they spoke about a man called Jesus who loved me so much he had died on the cross for my sins. One week we were told that Jesus wanted to have a relationship with each of us and all we had to do was ask him. So that night, I went home and for the first time in my life I prayed that God would reveal himself to me. I sat and waited and nothing happened. Looking back, I don't really know what I was expecting to happen, but I think I was waiting for something dramatic or a big sign that God was there. Instead there was nothing. From that point I became convinced that what I had been brought up to believe was true. Christianity was just a collection of stories and God wasn't listening!

Despite rejecting God at that moment, I still wanted to know more about this person that all my friends seemed to be so certain really existed. I started to read the Bible and attend church. One Sunday evening, I was sitting in a church service and something in the sermon really spoke to me. I suddenly became aware of what God had done for me and asked Jesus into my life. That prayer I had prayed all those years before had been answered; God had shown himself to me, just not in the way I had expected.

A few months later, I went to university and out of the safety of my group of friends. I really struggled and had a bit of a crisis of faith. I found it hard to find my place, not feeling like I fitted in with my Christian friends, yet feeling completely different to my friends who weren't Christians. The things that had made so much sense to me before, I began to question and for quite a while I stopped going to church completely. Thankfully God, through some of my friends, picked me up and I managed to settle in a church.

I moved to Eastbourne in 2008 to complete my Masters and I was eager to get involved in a church and to make the most of my second attempt at university. For the first time in my life I have felt completely settled as a Christian. I feel over the last few years God has changed me so much. He has made me happier and more confident with myself. I realised that I don't have to pretend to be something I am not. God loves me for who I am, with all my faults. He has given me a new enthusiasm and I have gained a passion for telling others about him, something which I would not have done before.

I often feel challenged by the fact I didn't grow up in a Christian family. I have done things in my life that I am not overly proud of, but I feel God is working in me, changing me and making me into the person he wants me to be. I feel overwhelmed every day when I think that God loves me and he died for me, even before I knew he existed. Looking back, I can see God's plan for me, putting people in my life and putting me in situations to bring me closer to him. I am excited for the first time to be following the path God has laid out for me and hope I can bring him glory.

This week at Victoria

April 2018

Sunday 22nd April 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Tuesday 24th April 2018

Kids' Football 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Gildredge House Sports Hall

Wednesday 25th April 2018

CAMEO  10.00 am to 12.00pm in Welcome Centre

Sunday 29th April 2018

5th Sunday Celebration  10.30am in Main Auditorium

May 2018

Tuesday 1st May 2018

Kids' Football 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Gildredge House Sports Hall

Sunday 6th May 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

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

Tuesday 8th May 2018

Kids' Football 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Gildredge House Sports Hall

Saturday 12th May 2018

Flow Cafe  10.00am to 12.00noon in Ground Floor

Sunday 13th May 2018

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Tuesday 15th May 2018

Kids' Football 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Gildredge House Sports Hall

Sunday 20th May 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Evening Service  5.30pm to 6.30pm in Main Auditorium

Monday 21st May 2018

Cardarama 7.30pm to 9.30pm in Welcome Centre

Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Kids' Football 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Gildredge House Sports Hall

Sunday 27th May 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

June 2018

Sunday 3rd June 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

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

Sunday 10th June 2018

Family Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Sunday 17th June 2018

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

Evening Service  5.30pm to 6.30pm in Main Auditorium

Sunday 24th June 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Sunday Reflections Service  11.15am in Main Auditorium

July 2018

Sunday 1st July 2018

Sunday Celebration Service  9.30am in Main Auditorium

Saturday 14th July 2018

Flow Cafe  10.00am to 12.00noon in Ground Floor

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