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Having worshipped with a Pentecostal church most of my life God has blessed
me richly through the baptism of the Holy Spirit after coming to know Jesus.
He has provided a husband and son for me as well as somewhere to live. In
recent years I have worked within a good retail environment, although I
have now retired. I can honestly say that God never fails and is The God
near at hand that I know will never let me go.
As with everyone, there are many things a Christian may go through in life but Christ is our strength. Both in the past and in recent years I have experienced Christ’s
blessings and they certainly are ongoing. Fellowship with the church I
worship at is just great and I am very thankful for the Lord leading my
husband and I there. Bless the Lord our God.

Merv – Extended Story

Merv - Extended StoryI was born to Christian parents in January 1961. I have one brother who is 3 years younger than me. My parents are no longer together and are not living Christian lives but they still believe in God.

I grew up in the church and played at being a Christian but I didn’t get anywhere acting that way. I believed in God but did not want to give my whole life over to Him. I didn’t like the idea of what it might mean.

I got married at 21, and then my wife left me after just 13 days! She was already seeing another man before we got married, so why she married me, I will never know. At the time it shattered my whole life and I tried to take my life on a couple of occasions. The last attempt was that I took 100 paracetomol and ended up in hospital for a week for treatment against the tablets, as they are the worse ones you can take for your liver.

The next few years I just messed around through life doing stupid and dangerous things.

Then out of the blue I found myself re-acquainted with a previous girlfriend named Sharon, who has now been my wife for 19 years. She used to go to Church when we were kids but wasn’t going at that time.

After we had been married a while she started going back to Church and became a Christian, Sharon started to get involved with the Church and as we had children she would take them with her. On the odd occasion when there was something special on, like the kids being in a play, I would go along although Church and God still never interested me. I never got in my wife’s way of her going to Church though.

Then one day after about 17 years in September 2006, I was watching the God Channel on TV and something got me deep in my spirit and I broke down in my front room, I just knew God was calling me, so I just spoke out loud to God as if He was stood right in front of me and I told him I wasn’t looking for Him and I still didn’t want Him. It was obvious He was calling me and I didn’t want to take the chance he wouldn’t call again. So if this was the ‘real deal’ and He would use me and help me to grow in Him, I would give Him my life 100%, no messing around, no going back and He took me at my word!!

I rang Simon and he came round to see me, we had a bit of a chat, but in his wisdom he knew it was between me and God and told me so. I knew he was right.

So now I am a Christian and living happily ever after! Rewind did I say living happily ever after, not so!! Living a Christian life is not always easy, it has its ups and downs, but when you get dejected you have a God to talk to who cares, not that you ignore Him when you are happy!

Walking with God is a normal relationship like you would have with your family and friends but you just can’t see Him yourself, but guess what, when you are walking with Jesus, you don’t have to see Him, that’s for the unbeliever to see. How do they see Him, they see Him through the life that you live, which I hope that I am doing now.


Ben H

Ever since I could remember I have always been in and around Christians, I have been raised in a very strong loving, caring and fun family who really love me and appreciate me.

I’ve been a Christian now for 10 years and God has really blessed me. I’m really the type of person who if I decide not to do something you will know about it but with the way I am, God has always used my character to the best and positive advantages of my life.

I will do anything for my family and also friends closest to me even though they might not do the same for me.



I grew up in a loving family where my parents struggled to provide the best they could for my brother and I.

From an early age I was taught about God and the Bible, but merely learning about someone and something in church can be no different than learning history at school.

It is only when the realisation hits home that God is more than “someone out there;” rather He wants to develop a relationship with you. This will change your life!

This reality doesn’t insulate you from life’s difficulties, or from the hurts of watching family suffer the effects of illness or injury.

But life with God gives an inner peace and a hope despite the circumstances. More than that, God has a plan for each of us. Finding my place in Him has brought fulfilment and an excitement for the future.  He’s waiting for you to come to the same realisation.


BeckyWhen I was younger my parents weren’t Christians so I attended church with my grandparents. I was such a shy person that I used to just sit at the back listen to the meeting and as soon as it was over I would go back home and settle back into “normal life.” I lived a double life, attending church to make my grandparents happy but not living like the Christian I pretended to be on a Sunday.

At the age of 14 I realised that my life was going no where so I decided to live fully for God, as I did this my parents noticed the change in me and when I was baptised they decided to come back to church!

I have now grown so much in my faith and have become more confident in who God made me to be!


LindaI had a great childhood in sunny South Africa with lots of fun and laughter. As a child, Sundays were special family days with Church an important part of the day.

Then tragedy struck. My 18 year old brother was killed whilst serving in the army. Life changed in our family and within a year we left our home country.

At the age of 14 I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis which has brought with it much pain and major surgery.

Shortly after that I started to wonder what life was all about. After lots of doubts and questions, I accepted Jesus as my personal Saviour. I believed that He was the only one who could heal the hurt.

I have known peace in tough times and great joy that lasts. I have a caring and loving husband and know that Jesus is interested in me and every part of my life.


AnnFear, anxiety, dissatisfaction, anger, disappointment, shame – emotions that ruled me, until one night I gave up trying to deal with all these things myself and asked Jesus to take control of my life.

Having always believed that there was a God, I had no idea that I could have a personal relationship with Him or that I could call God my Father, until someone told me Jesus died for my sins. All I had to do was ask Jesus to come into my life.

An amazing transaction took place that night, hope came into my heart. I had a new beginning. I have failed many times but God remains faithful. His love has pursued me all my life. On becoming a child of God you enter into a unique family, all with a common purpose, to love God and serve others. My life is now ruled by hope, joy, peace, love and purpose.




DaveHi I am Dave, married with 4 children and 1 grandchild on the way.

As long as I can remember I have been going to Church but waited until I was 20 before God got my attention. I had tried to ignore him but He did not ignore me. One Sunday I realised I needed Him as my Saviour and since that day I have been on an amazing journey.

At times I try to go my own way and I mess up but Jesus gives me the strength to start over.

I have made a choice to follow Jesus because there’s nothing else that makes sense to me. He is simply the best.


ChristineMy name is Christine, I live in Gloucester with my husband Tim and sons Paul and Simon.

I was born in London into a Roman Catholic family I attended church and school where religion was simply hammered into us day in and day out. The day I left school I left the Catholic Church behind me.

In April 2005 I attended an Alpha course and soon realised that the void in my life could be filled by a relationship with God.

In November 2006 I committed my life to Jesus and was baptised in Robinswood Church supported by my family and friends. A wonderful church family surrounds me, when I asked God for help He put the right people in my life they have counselled me, encouraged me and prayed with me.

I am growing daily in the understanding of God through reading the Bible, worship and daily prayer.


WendyI was born in Weston-Super-Mare, 55 years ago into a Christian family. I made my commitment to follow Jesus when I was 6, I may have been young but I knew that He loved me. I was baptised in water at 13. Then at 16 I trained as a hairdresser which shows God’s power as I had a debilitating stutter when I began, which the Lord later healed me of.

I later met my husband Alan and we have been married for 33 years and have 3 grown-up children. I have found through my life that God is faithful in the good times and the bad, and the greatest lessons learnt have been at the lowest times when I have had no strength of my own. I’m glad God has led us to ‘One Church’ to be part of what God is doing in Gloucester.


AlanMy parents thought it was ‘a phase, I was going through!’ Brother said, ‘he’s seen the light!’ Friends said, ‘he’s got religion!’ 44 years ago, I put my trust in Christ, as Saviour and Lord. No phase; I’m still enjoying it! Jesus is the ‘Light of the world!’ It isn’t religion, but relationship, that changes my life, now and eternally.

Born in London and brought up in Hemel Hempstead, I went on to serve the Lord in pastoral ministry with my lovely wife Wendy. We have three grown children. I’m a night postal worker, serving in Gloucester with ‘One Church.’