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

November 2017

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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