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Sara was baptised as a believer on Sunday 2nd September 2012. At her baptism service, she was interviewed by the church Pastor; Roger Frapwell. Here’s some of the questions he asked and her answers.
Full Interview with Sara – Sunday 2nd September 2012
1. What first interested you in God?
As long as I can remember I have confessed that I believe in God, I just did not think I had to attend church to do that. I think because I had the perception that people who went to church had comfortable conventional lives that I would not have very much in common with them, also if God is everywhere you don‘t have to go to church to find him. Also, Sunday morning was just too early. I was usually recovering from Saturday night.
2. How did I become a Christian.
I had rebuilt the structure of my life after the sudden death of my second husband and felt I could not carry on, without help. For some time at night, I shouted at God that he had to help me because I could not do this on my own. However, I still did not think of going to church. Then I saw a scene in a soap opera. A woman explained to her husband that the reason she went to church was to give thanks for him and their children. He then asked what she got out of church, she answered, the strength to cope with you and the kids. That’s what I needed to do.
3. What difference has it made?
It has taken me a very long time to allow God into my heart. I know God has touched my life in many ways, one of the most important things he has done for me so far is to repair my relationship with my daughter, Emma. Which at best has been very difficult but for the last three years, she had refused to speak to me, although Emma was speaking to Charles. I had been praying for God to keep her safe and look out for her, and then recently I changed my prayer to God please find a way of bringing Emma back to us. Emma phoned out of the blue, we seem to have built bridges, and I am hoping to build a new relationship with her in the future.
4. Why get baptised?
Three things happened. While on the Alpha Course I suddenly realised that Jesus is ALIVE I thought ascended was just a nice way of saying he had died. But I did not feel I was good enough at being a Christian to be baptised, then a few weeks before Pentecost Roger preached on the story of the Samaritan women at the well. I thought so there is hope for me yet and realised I was judging, when Roger brought me back to his sermon by saying ‘Jesus said come as you are’. I felt these words tapped me on the head, YES, this is aimed at you. So I said ok I would think about it. Then at Pentecost during the morning service, the bible passage displayed on the screen was from Acts 2:38
‘Repent and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.’
“These words seemed to hit me round the head. I knew then I HAD to be baptised.”