My father was a Presbyterian minister and I was truly blessed to grow up in a loving Christian family. I went to children’s church on Sunday morning and again somewhat reluctantly, to Sunday School in the afternoon.
On the outbreak of war in 1939 my father, being in the territorial army, went straight to France, as an army chaplain. I evacuated to Somerset with my school and my Mum came too as Assistant Matron. On the eve of the evacuation of Dunkirk we had evening prayers and sang “Eternal Father” and prayed for my Father and his colleagues to return safely.
When a few days later a telegram saying “Safe in England” arrived, I knew my prayers had been answered and that God must exist. Thus began my spiritual journey.
I remember spending a night on the cellar steps in my grandparent’s house in Liverpool during a blitz, but not having any fear and again later during a week of bombing in Belfast. Then I went to a C of E boarding school for 5 years where the chaplain was a great spiritual support.
I returned to the Presbyterian church in Belfast to be received as a member in 1946. During the next few years I went to many church youth conferences and ecumenical meetings and to the Passion play at Oberammergau, Germany.
My husband and I were married in the Presbyterian church and were members until we moved to Devon in 1963. There we joined the Methodist Church, my husband we a Methodist and I have been a member for 50 years, taking a very active part until I came here.
There have been many times that I have trusted Christ and known that He has guided us through the problems of family life. Without Christ in my life I would never have been able to care for my Mum until she dies aged 94 with us in Devon. Similarly my husband who need constant care for several years.
I do believe that Christ died for me and rose again and I recently obeyed his command to be baptized. The following verse is special to me:
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us – to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever, Amen”