My name is Christine Gibson. I was brought up in Byker and Walker in Newcastle and when I left school I became a Junior Hairdresser.
When I was just 17 years old I met Ed who had just came out of prison. I found him to be nice but he had very little to say. Ed worked as a doorman in the bars and clubs of the North East of England. We went out quite a lot and I also got into his bad habits with Ed. His friends were very violent and after a while I stopped going out with them as much as the violence they were involved in was too much for me.
By this time we were living together in his flat above the gym that he owned. He always told me about his experiences about how he had met with God during his time in prison. Ed’s mam was a Christian and we tried to help her out at her church but we kept going back to our old ways unfortunately.
We moved to Ouston near Gateshead to try and start again and it was here we had our first little girl together, Georgia. This came after trying for a child for 7 years and after many miscarriages we were so happy to have had her. Ed however carried on in his old ways.
His drinking was getting worse and my life was like walking around on eggshells. I thought of leaving him as I at the time couldn’t take much more. When Georgia was 5 weeks old I found him upstairs in bed, he had took an overdose of tablets. I called an ambulance and he was taken into hospital. When he awoke from the overdose he was raving mad at me for calling an ambulance and he said he would be dead if I hadn’t phoned for an ambulance, which is what he wanted to be.
Ten weeks later he took another overdose, and this time he ended up on a life support machine in hospital, but amazingly he pulled through.
We decided to get married, but he was still struggling with feeling paranoia and at this time I decided to leave him with Georgia and I went to live at my Mams.
When I went to see Ed a couple of days later, he had emptied the house and given the keys back to the council. So we were now homeless. We in the meantime got back together and got a house in Blyth in Northumberland. I didn’t know where Blyth was but I wasn’t bothered as long as we were both away from Gateshead and all the problems we had there, as I found it always difficult with the way he was and we needed a fresh start.
I then had a very bad miscarriage which hit us both very hard, but in the end I was pregnant again and it was a bad pregnancy and I bled from 8 weeks into it and at times we thought we had lost the baby, but in October 2009 we had our 2nd baby who we named Faith. Unfortunately Ed’s Mam died 2 weeks before Faith coming along and so it was a very hard time as well as a happy time, but we both knew God was with us and He always will be. It was at this time that God became real to me.
So I would like to say if God can change Ed and me, He can change anyone. He has given us new life and has really changed our lives. We are different people now, we have a new life in Christ. God has blessed us very much and He will continue to bless us every day. We now go to a lovely church ( The Word of Life Church) in Ashington where Pastor Michael and his wife Lindsey Hedley are the leaders there. We are now getting discipled, as we never did in previous churches we went to, and I am looking forward to the future in the church as well as with our family more than ever before.
I am writing this to let everyone know that God CAN change your life, you only have to ask Him into your life.
Our first registered wedding service took place in the church on October the 12th 2018. The Couple Ian Sidney Wales married Linda Airey. Linda has attended our coffee mornings for over two years, and Sid has known Michael for many years.
The couple were pronounced man and wife after a beautiful service delivered by Rev Michael Hedley, the signing of the registars was overseen by Lindsey who is the appointed person for wedding services for the church. The wedding was attended by family and friends and they then had a function at the White House Club following the service. We wish them all of God's blessing and favour upon their marriage. Photographs of the service are below.
We held an Ashington Churches Together Harvest Supper in the Church on the 15th of October where £73.00 was raised for the local Wansbeck Food Bank.
The evening began with prayer, Psalm 65 verses 6 - 11 which talks about God supplying everything that we need in order that we can have a harvest
A local folk group called the "Canny Lads" were the entertainment for the night, along with a wonderful variety of food, and drinks. The evening closed with all 53 of us singing How Great is our God, and Rev Michael closing in prayer. Phoyographs of the event are below:
Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
The answer to the question posed by the Apostle Paul here is that even though we are battered by the world system with trials, with problems seemingly of great magnitude. Nothing absolutely nothing shall separate us from Christ Jesus. He is with us through the midst of our troubles. So never let anyone tell you that your prayer life or your Christian walk isnt right because you've got a few problems. Jesus still and always will love you.
We are holding our first Alpha Course, commencing on the 5th of September starting at 6 o clock. We are delighted to be able to commence this course as part of our outreach. If you know anyone who would like to come, first ask them and bring them along with you. The sessions will begin with food and then discussions. The first session will be "Is there more to life than this.". In this session we will be discussing, what does Christianity have to do with life today? What Am I doing on earth? What is the point of life and where am I heading?
Our Mission House, of 73 North Seaton Road, the annexe to the church has now been completed.
We are using the building for a variety of things such as a Christian retreat, where specific programmes can be tailored for each group of people staying. Examples of the type of programmes we will be delivering, will be Leading Worship, Prayer, and a wide range of other Christian Programmes.
While staying here visitors can use it to be simply a place of rest, meditation and prayer, or take part in the church programmes, or take part in a specially designed retreat bespoke programme.
We will also be using the venue for Debt Management, helping those in need, as well as music lessons, job searching and basic IT programmes.
We are very excited about this development, and if you require any further information, please contact us either by email or by telephone on 07879253072 or 07854 820012. The cost for staying here is £30.00 per night. Donations are also welcome.
Our Friday Diner at church is on the last Friday of every month from 12:00 till 2:00pm. Soup and sandwiches and a range of other hot meals will be available for each of the coming months. This is an outreach for those who may be lonely, or who maybe are just in need of company. There is no charge for the food but donations are welcomed. All donations from this monthly event go to Arab World Ministries Yemen
Once again this year it was a great priviledge for our rapidly growing Church Family to witness yet another baptism. Gordon gave his life to Jesus in July earlier this year and he went through the waters of baptism at Bedlington Trinity Church. A fantastic time was had by all and we truly rejoice that his life is now heading in a new Holy Spirit filled direction.
Jesus Christ is the same today, yesterday and forever
This is not just breaking news, it is the news from yesterday, today and tomorrow and guess what? It is forever. Hallelujah!!!!!
Contact us at:
Word of Life Church
Wesleyan Reform Union
North Seaton Road, Ashington Northumberland NE63 0AG
Tel: 01670 814425
Mobile 07879253072 Michael
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Our new range of Christian Greetings Cards and encouragement scripture cards are now available to purchase from us on this website and also in church
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