'Love and look after one another!"

"God loves everyone no matter who we are" Christianity

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 Spirit.

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 dealt with!

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 "Salvation".                                                                                                                                               

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 Christmas.

Has there ever been a point when you have questioned your faith?

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 bigger picture!

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 the community!

Where can someone find out more information about your faith?

Any Christian church

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