Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Welcome to this new youth blog for St. Margaret's Anglican Church, Edmonton!

There are many things you could say about our church:

  • It's definitely not a mega-church...
  • During the school year we have a lot of little kids running around...
  • The services are a little more informal than most Anglican churches...
  • We support a lot of outreach work with World Vision, the Bissell Centre, Street Hope Saint John, the Anglican chaplaincy at the University of Alberta and so on...
  • Sometimes it feels a little disorganized...
  • The trees and grounds look really nice...
  • Some people bring coffee to church...

I hope, though, that the most important thing you could say about our church is this:
'We are a community of people who are learning to follow Jesus together'.

Jesus is universally recognized to have been a good man, an inspirational leader, and a wise teacher about what life is all about. Many people would go on to say that he was a man sent by God.

But Christians say more than that. We believe that Jesus is the Word of God, and John's Gospel says, 'In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God...So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. and we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father's one and only Son' (John 1:1, 14). In Jesus, God has come to live among us, and when he calls us to follow him, we hear God speaking to us through him.

I decided to follow Jesus when I was thirteen. I had been brought up in a Christian family, and I went to church every week, but God was not yet personal for me. But through a series of events, I came to the point where I decided to pray a simple prayer giving my life to Jesus, and so began the faith journey I have been on ever since. The things that help me most on that faith journey today are prayer, reading and thinking about the Bible and other good Christian books, watching older followers of Jesus who are good mentors for me, meeting with my fellow Christians to pray and learn together, and asking God's help each day to put the teaching of Jesus into practice in my daily life.

How about you? What had led you to the decision to be a follower of Jesus? And what are the things you find helpful in keeping you going on that journey of faith?

Tim Chesterton







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