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ST JAMES + ST JOHN | HOBART, TASMANIA
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OUR STORIES

Some of our members have shared their stories of faith and their involvement in New Town and Lenah Valley Anglican.

Frieda's Story

My name is Frieda and I thank you for the privilege of sharing my spiritual journey with you. I thank God daily for leading me to know Jesus and for directing my path to St James. I never doubted the existence of God but was not a regular “church goer” until my ten year old son expressed the wish to join the church choir. I delivered and picked him up after the two Sunday services without entering the building myself. On one Sunday, as I dropped my son off, a friend invited me in. It seemed to make good sense as it saved me from making two trips. And so began my spiritual journey.

I began attending services regularly, not just to save myself a trip, but because I found the service most uplifting.  In my busy working life it was quite hard to set time aside for contemplation. I could hardly wait for Sundays to arrive as I found the services so rewarding. Attending church on Sundays became a very important part of my life. When my son left the choir I looked for a church community in my neighbourhood and found St James. I have been a member of St James’ community for over thirty years.

I regard my church and the people (from all three churches in our parish) as my spiritual family. I feel welcome, included, and I receive sound teachings in order to gain a deeper spiritual understanding. The feeling of “belonging” is a very rewarding experience. For the many blessings that I receive all I can offer is my commitment and loyalty. After having lived a long life I am convinced that belonging to a Christian community is the most satisfying and rewarding way of sharing one’s spiritual journey.

Peter's Story

Although brought up as a Christian, I lost faith in my late teens. I admit that I eventually became a staunch atheist.

During my thirties, my analysis of life's twists and turns gave me a hint that I might have been wrong to abandon my faith. I tried it again by attending church with my family. This time I came to actually recognise God's presence in my life, including some strong examples, and accept the message of the Bible. With the passing of time, my faith has supported me in all facets of my life: family, career, assisting others.

Although I attended a number of other churches, I have now solely been a member of this parish for twenty plus years. I normally attend with my wife. My son, his wife and young children attend with us as well whenever they can. I have found that my church truly acts like a large family too; always there to help and support its members and others in need. I know because I've been on the receiving end a couple of times. I must say that I feel very comfortable within New Town and Lenah Valley Anglican.


Bill's Story

My earliest memory of Christianity is from an after-school program opposite my primary school. I still remember that whenever we went along the leader used to offer us “one biscuit or three?” And, of course, we always asked for three! I was given a copy of the New Testament in the user-friendly Good News translation. As I was reading it three things struck me about Jesus.

The first thing was that the Jesus described in the four New Testament Gospel books is someone beyond human fabrication. Now – years later – having trained as a historian I can give good reasons why the Gospels should be taken seriously as history. Back then my reaction was just that I don’t think anyone could have made up the life of Jesus.

The second thing was the way Jesus treated women and children and the people rejected by his society. I was persuaded back then, and I am still persuaded now, that this is because (as one of my favourite historians said) Jesus is “God with a human face.”

The third thing was that if Jesus really did give his life for me this means the God who made the entire universe loves me! I have had some periods of doubt but this knowledge has always helped me through them.

I have been a member of New Town and Lenah Valley Anglican for five years. It is where I get to meet with other people whose lives are being transformed by knowing Jesus. The people here help me to understand the depth of Jesus’ love for me and help me to shape my life around this experience.


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