by one of our May 2017 Baptisees
I was raised in a Christian family. My father converted to Christianity as an adult after meeting my mother. We attended a Roman Catholic Church. As a child, I was raised with Bible study and went through my youthful commitments of Christening and Holy Communion. The church was ministered to by a brotherhood of priests and it had this incredibly wholesome and supportive community. I think it was after the separation of my parents that we left the church – too much interference from the community in their personal business made my parents uncomfortable and resentful.
As a young family, we pulled away from the church for some time. We eventually found our way back to an Evangelical Church, where my parents were baptised. But I never felt comfortable. I think the attitudes of the church members and their engagement with you can be just as important when bringing followers closer to Christ. With the usual stroppy teenage attitude, I just stopped attending. When my parents split again for the final time, we once again left the church when they tried to force reconciliation.