'Love and look after one another!"
"God loves everyone no matter who we are"
Christianity is the world's largest religion with over 2 billion
followers worldwide. It is based on the life and teachings of Jesus
Christ, who Christians believe to be the Son of God. The second in
our interview series explores Christianity with Christ
Church Youth Pastor, Sandra Morris who explains why
absolutely anyone can be a Christian and how being a Christian has
impacted on her life working in St.Helens....
How long have you been a Christian?
I've been going to church for approximately 34 years, but there
was a point, about 23 years ago, where I fully understood what it
meant to have a personal faith in God, Jesus and the Holy
What made you become a Christian?
I was brought up hearing about God. I began to challenge what I
saw as many "man made rules and regulations" and it was at this
time that I came to realise that having faith is about
understanding that God loves us all unconditionally and that He
simply wants us to have a relationship with Him and to love, help
and take care of our neighbours, whoever they may be.
Can anyone be a Christian?
Absolutely everyone! To be a Christian you have to understand
that you do things wrong (sin). You have to believe and accept that
in order to have a relationship with God those sins have to be
God sent His Son Jesus to be born on earth (Christmas) and
to die (Good Friday) to take the punishment for our
sins. Jesus rose again (Easter Sunday) to prove that He had
conquered death and that there was life after death!
If you believe in Jesus' birth, death and resurrection and you
knowledge that you are a sinner, and ask for forgiveness, then your
sins have been dealt with on the Cross by Jesus.
This means that you are free to have a relationship with God and
spend eternity in Heaven with Him. Christians call this
How has being Christian allowed you to help other
people, particularly in St.Helens?
I am very fortunate that my job involves sharing my faith in the
community. It's very satisfying, lots of fun and gives me the
opportunity to meet and work with many different people. It's also
humbling to see that sometimes people do turn away from the some of
the wrong that they are doing and start to have a better quality of
life and a more hopeful future.
What are the most difficult and rewarding aspects of
being a Christian?
One difficult aspect of having faith is when really bad things
happen and you struggle with "why a loving God would allow this to
happen". I find it hard when people challenge me with
this question because I don't want to give an answer that people
think sounds like a "cop out" or patronising.
A rewarding aspect is seeing the school children running around
church feeling welcome and having fun when they visit the Christmas
or Easter Experiences and going away feeling happy about being in
church and learning about aspects of Christianity. I also love
seeing the church totally packed at Christmas with school pupils
singing carols and joining in the Christian celebration of
Has there ever been a point when you have questioned
Yes, at times I have felt not good enough to be a
Christian! I have to remind myself that whilst I do get
things wrong (regularly); God loves me anyway! Also, on
occasions when I hear very tragic situations and I have wondered
why some people / families go through so much! I have to
remind myself that I don't understand all that's going on or the
If you could give one piece of advice to a large group
of people, what would it be?
Love and look after one another!
What's the main message you want someone to take away
from Interfaith Week?
Having a Christian faith doesn't limit your life and what you
can do; it enriches your life, your family, your friends and
Where can someone find out more information about your
Any Christian church
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