Some of our members have shared their stories of faith and their involvement in New Town and Lenah Valley Anglican.
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.
Although brought up as a Christian, I lost faith in my late teens. I admit that I eventually became a staunch atheist.
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.
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
memory of Christianity is from an after-school program opposite my
school. I still remember that whenever we went along the leader used to
“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
As I was reading it three things struck me about Jesus.
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.
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
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.