A place of belonging


    Category
    Voices
    Date
    9 March 2015
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    The sharing of experiences and learning about other people’s stories has helped me and, I hope, others too.

    Lorraine Sanderson web

    My journey to rediscover my faith started just under two years ago after the unexpected loss of my youngest son. I was lost and not sure where to turn. I decided to attend my parish church, hoping to find answers.

    As one of my mentors pointed out - was this my own conscious decision or was it made for me? Looking back, I believe God was the one who brought me back to church, to a place where I could feel secure enough to learn more about my Christian faith.

    I attended a ‘Light Course’ at the church and am now part of a home group. The sharing of experiences and learning about other people’s stories has helped me and, I hope, others too. I am quite a private person but feel able to open up in this small group.

    Being part of a church community gives a sense of belonging and never being alone. When I’m in church, I personally feel not only closer to God but also to my son. It’s a place where God is present and I am sure He is looking after my son for me.

    As my faith grows stronger I hope to feel this closeness at all times, not only in church. Later this year I hope to be confirmed. I feel this will enhance my sense of becoming a stronger Christian and will enable me to take Communion.

    Lorraine worships at St Stephen’s Soundwell

    Contemplate now

    How does church community reflect the community of the Trinity – the love between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit?

    How have you been drawn to church in the past; whether your own choice or someone else’s?

    The church exists now and forever as a community of people, past and present, who are united by the Holy Spirit. Take a moment to imagine yourself gathered in this way.

    Meditate through the day

    Mothering Sunday is at the end of this week. St Paul wrote, “Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.”