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I’ve re-watched this and fear I haven’t been very articulate (I always think this though and you’re always so nice!), so I’m going to copy and paste what I put on my personal FB when I was sharing Steve’s link to the Alpha Course.
“If you don’t believe in God or faith or any of that jazz, this will sound really cringe and weird-
When I had Darcy I thought my life would be complete. I had it all. An ok job (I didn’t mind my easy office life and short hours!), a nice house, a husband, good friends and then a new baby. I thought that that little niggling, ‘I need more’, would be filled by her.
I was really surprised (and weirdly guilty) that the hole wasn’t filled and despite having ‘everything’, I still needed more.
Someone suggested the Alpha Course at St Giles in town (although it’s nationwide) and I thought it sounded like a bag of sh*t to be quite honest. A load of weird churchy people praying and praising and being all together quite naff. BUT, I needed to know what else there was out there? What was missing? Why was I never satisfied? What was I reaching for? What was I working towards????
I braced myself for the naff churchies and braved the first evening (it’s 10 evenings, held on a weds for about 2 hours, for free). I’ll be honest, I was uncomfortable. I was in a new environment with new people talking about something I felt quite sceptical of.
As time went on I started to very quietly think, ‘maybe these churchies are onto something here’. The more I thought about it, the more sense it made. Something clicked and I KNEW it was the answer.
Since I still thought maybe it was all a bit naff, I decided to keep it all a secret. Nobody needed to know that I was believing in God or listening to things those church people say. Nobody needed to know I felt loved and safe and calm and peaceful for the first time in a VERY long time.
Over the years I’ve quietly encouraged friends to give the course ago. There’s no end requirement. You don’t have to be a Christian or attend church (although the doors are open if you want to), nobody quizzes you or is a weirdo (although you are welcome to quiz them and learn from them) and actually, nobody is a ‘naff churchie’. I was wrong. The people I met were kind and accepting and charismatic and interesting.
I think I might be a bit of a churchie now, so if you feel like me and can’t stop thinking, ‘what is the bloody point of all of this??’, give it a go, you won’t loose anything but have everything to gain.”