Looking back, and knowing what I know now, it seems strange that I was teaching others about the Christian faith before I really understood it myself…
I was first taken to Sunday School at the age of three at a Methodist Church near Leeds and as I got older started going to church twice on Sundays. Both my parents went to church and they encouraged me to read the Bible from an early age, I had my own children’s Bible reading notes from the International Bible Reading Association.
We moved to Doncaster when I was thirteen and I continued to attend church twice a day for services and stayed for the Youth Group meetings. It was a full day. I also became involved with Sunday School when at age fifteen I wanted to earn a badge for the Girl Guides which involved community service, I didn’t realise how much I was going to enjoy the work.
A couple of years later I was asked to join a group of young people, led by a Local Methodist Preacher, which travelled to different churches and helped to lead services. This was when I really began to think what Christianity was all about. The act of leading prayers, studying the Bible more intently and preparing talks led me to realise that I had to take my relationship with God more seriously.
Around this same time I also attended several evangelistic events (usually led by students from Cliff College) and it was at one of these events that I became convinced that I needed to make a commitment to Jesus, which I did.
Looking back, and knowing what I know now, it seems strange that I was teaching others about the Christian faith before I really understood it myself but I am sure it was part of God’s amazing plan and so everything worked out well.