I went to Sunday School from a very early age, I was confirmed in the Church of England. No - one else in my family attended church.
Not until I went to a Scripture Union at school did I realise church didn't have to be stuffy, boring and full of tradition. Not long after I started attending a newly formed church called Crossroads Church, and I became a Christian at the age of 15 and was baptised at 17.
After I attended college I helped at a Christian retreat for a month it was here (although I didn't realise at the time) that I would meet my future husband. After this I worked around the country as a youth worker in a childrens home, then I worked in a home caring for the elderly.
When I left there I met Mike my husband who was also a Christian and after we married we moved back to the Christian Retreat in the castle where we had earlier met.
At this point the castle was not run by Christians, but my hsuband was in charge of a large team of workers employed by the owner.
We started to drift more and more away from the Christian life and the more we drifted from the Lord, there was so much evil happening within the building, we were led deeper and deeper into what I can only now describe as a swamp of sin. We didn't realise just how far we had sunk. If I hadn't got out of there my only options would have been prison, a mental hospital or death. I was so close to all of those three, but God had a plan and a purpose for my life which at the time I couldn't see.
I thought that things couldn't get any worse, how wrong I was!
In the next 18 months
My mum had a brain hemmorage
My dad died at age 63
The castle we worked in burned down after a huge fire, we lost everything we had, nothing was insured and we had to live in an old caravan.
My mother in law died
My father in law died
Three days after this my husband Mike died
My brother and I both lost our jobs. We had no home, no possessions and had lost nearly all of our loved ones.
Before the fire my husband had put in his life insurance so we could buy a house, where we could both live and change our life styles. We had planned to go back to church get our lives in order and walk our dogs on a beach. When he died 7 years ago my mum, myself and our three English Setter dogs moved back north.
I went back to Crossroads Church and God started to put me back together again, healing my from the inside out. I rededicated my life to Him.
I thank the Lord so much that He is so full of grace and mercy, and that He took me back as a prodigal daughter.
God had been giving me plenty of chances to come back to Him prior to these things happening and I ignored Him. When the fire and all the other tragedies happened, this was my way back.
I now attend the Word of Life Church and my faith is growing stronger each day. All I want is to live more and more like Jesus every day, to be an effective witness and to help people find Jesus and the joy, hope, peace and comfort that knowing Him brings. My aim is heaven and to help as many people on earth as I can in my time here to aim for heaven.
This life isn't without it's difficulties and trials but as I go through each battle, He teaches me to trust more and more in Him rather than in the things of the world.
One of the many wonderful things that has happened is that my mum has recently given her life to Jesus and I thank God so much for that and the joy he gives me each day seeing her grow in Him
My past is gone, my present is wonderful and the future looks so exciting. I cant wait!!!
If you want to know this wonderful Jesus, follow the prayer on the home page of our website and let Him into your life and watch Him change you as he has me.
We are commencing a new Parent Toddler Group in the church in Ashington starting on Thursday 5th October This will be held on every Thursday morning apart from School holidays from 10:30 - 12:00.
We had the privelege of hosting the Ashington Churches Together 24 hour Prayer Event which began on the 29th of September from 12:00 noon through till Saturday 30th September 12|:00 noon. The Church was open to anyone to come and pray. We spent most of the day praying for God to transform our community. Wait and watch and see what God does.
We held a MacMillan Coffee Morning on the 29th of September, and raised a sum of £90.00. Thank you to all who supported us and donated various gifts including cakes, soup and many other things. God bless
We held a Summer Fayre Event in the church on Friday 11th of August which was extremely successful, we raised £200 pounds which funded the purchase of some new musical instruments for the church
Word of Life Church held a Summer Praise event on July the 29th. This was a wonderful opportunity to come together and worship our Awesome God in Spirit and Truth.
It was truly a fantastic evening of one and a half hours of praise and worship and following that we had a wonderful time of fellowship over supper of which we would like to thank all who brought something along to share.
We are looking forward to an Autumn Praise Event and then Our Christmas Praise Event. Look out for dates for these events.
Ashington Camera Club held its Annual Exhibition of their photography work in our church during the week from Tuesday 20th till Saturday 24th of June.
This was a really well attended event with prints sold. Many people came into the church who had never been in before. The Camera Club stated that they had been looked after better than ever before and are looking to repeat the event next year.
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.
The property adjacent to our church number 73 North Seaton Road which is currently a dwelling house and in need of refurbishment can now be utilised as The Word of Life Mission House.
Work will begin soon to refurbish the building ready for it to be used for our outreach programmes.
During the summer we received some wonderful news. Melissa McDonald from the local Co-op walks by our church to get to work and saw our sign for the group. The Guide Post Co-op sponsor a local community group and raise funds each month through the year. They chose our Toddler Group to support during the summer holidays. They placed buckets for collections on their till areas and held a Cake and Tombola stall and are also holding a sponsored 12 mile walk to raise further funds for the group.
Melissa asked what we needed and they then set about raising funds. They have so far donated a range of painting and play-do materials, desks and chairs as well as a host of other play materials for our group.
They are also donating tea, coffee buscuits and a range of other things to the group. We have been truly blessed by Melissa McDonald and all the staff, customers families and friends at Guide Post Co-op for their wonderful efforts in raising funds for our group. A Big Thank You to all at the co-op for their efforts. God Bless.
The picture below is Lindsey and I with Melissa receiving the gifts donated so far.
The Toddler group meets every tuesday at Guide Post WRU Church between 10:30am and 12:00 noon.
Word of Life Church combined with WRU Guide Post hold a weekly coffee morning every wednesday from 10:30 - 12:00 at Guide Post Church and Friday 10:30 - 12:00 at our Ashington Church. Free Coffee, Tea (including speciality teas), cold drinks, cakes, savouries, and biscuits are available. All are welcome. Pictures of the two halls are below
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 0JN
Tel: 01670 814425
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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
Check here for visiting guest speakers in the coming weeks and months