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.
We were very blessed this month that on the 6th of May we had a visit from the current Wesleyan Reform Union President, Phil Hartshorn with his lovely wife Sue. They stayed with us in the cottage next door to the church. We enjoyed worshipping and fellowshipping with them, both at Word of Life and Guide Post Churches. The message that Phil brought was wonderful. We also gave them a guided tour of our favourite place; the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.
The two days that we spent together were encouraging and uplifting and we thank God for Phil and Sue, and the wonderful time that we all shared together.
We are almost nearing completion of our Mission House, of 73 North Seaton Road, the building adjacent to the Church. We are excited to announce that this annexe to the building will be utilised for many community outreach programmes.
It will also be a place of 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.
We will also be using the venue for Healthy Eating and living healthily on a budget, as well as music lessons, photography 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
We held a Nigerian Evening in the Church on Saturday the 17th of February. A wonderful night of Nigerian Worship, Culture, food and fellowship was had by all, led by the Akinsola Family. Pictures below.
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.
The ordination service of Rev Michael Hedley took place on Saturday the 25th of November 2017. It was led by Phil Hartshorn the WRU President of 2017/18, with input from Rev Ian Fall chair of the ministerial committee. It was a wonderful day for all concerned. A very special privelege that this service was delivered in our home church and not as it is usually done at conference. Thanks to all who participated and a heartfelt thanks for the wonderful gifts that you have given us both
Reverend Michael & Lindsey Hedley.
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.
We held a Baptism Service on Saturday May 27th at Bedlington Trinity Church for Caroline Taylor who joined our fellowship earlier this year. We had a wonderful time in God's presence and the service went so well. Pictures of the event are below this text.
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!!!!!
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Word of Life Church
Wesleyan Reform Union
North Seaton Road, Ashington Northumberland NE63 0AG
Tel: 01670 814425
Mobile 07879253072 Michael
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