“I attended St Phil’s with my family and I really loved church as a kid. I enjoyed learning about the Bible and what God’s word meant for our lives. But when we moved to a new and larger church, I didn’t feel like I belonged. It wasn’t great, and church ended up feeling like a burden. I knew everything about the stories of the bible, but it was all head knowledge and I was taking God’s word for granted. I ended up pretending I was a Christian and not really caring about what I was doing. I became impatient, brash and inconsiderate, these negative traits even today I am trying to overcome.
In 2016, I was invited to St Phil’s Youth Camp and though I was reluctant to go at first, as I had held some resentment for the church, I decided to give it a shot. My first year at Full On was a lot of fun and throughout the camp I learned more about the Christian life. What was helpful was a discussion that I had with two other Christians on the last night of camp, which made me see that there was more to Christianity and church than I had initially thought. Since I came back to St Phil’s in 2017, I started to really see God’s love at work. It took some time as I’ve always been anxious about church, youth groups and Christian activities, but since then, I can say that I’m a Christian.
It’s great to look back at my past experiences now because I can see how God was there the whole time. It’s so encouraging to know that God is there for us even in times of hardship. Knowing I now have a good Christian support network has been life-changing and that I have now been able to develop a stronger relationship with God.”
1 John 4:10-12
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”