A Christmas Explosion

A Christmas Explosion

Felicity grew up in Australia with her mum and sister. Everything changed in 2011, ‘That year I returned to church at Christmas, and that’s when my faith really started – it was like an explosion!’

Felicity grew up in Australia with her mum and sister. She was active in her church youth group and enjoyed Christian conferences. But when she went to University and afterwards began working, her faith took a back seat. In 1998 she moved to the UK, married and had children. Then in 2011 everything changed. ‘That year I returned to church at Christmas, and that’s when my faith really started – it was like an explosion!’ she says.
At the time Felicity was really worried about her sister Maryann who still lived in Australia. She was living alone, undergoing a terrible divorce, struggling to pay her bills and working full-time to support her three children aged under 9. Felicity had flown back to Australia to visit but felt so helpless. Maryann was physically and emotionally at rock bottom and had reached the point where she had run out of all her resources.
Back in the UK, with this concern on her mind, Felicity went to see her son perform in a nativity play at a local church. ‘It was beautiful’ she said, ‘150 children all dressed up. We went right to the front, so excited’
‘At the first hymn, what I felt was that everything was all about just how much God loves you, no matter what is going on, and that He will help you if you ask Him into your life’
‘I was bawling my eyes out when I walked out of the church. One of my son’s nursery teachers recognised me and I opened up to her about my worries for my sister’s desperate circumstances. She offered to pray with me there.’
When Felicity got home she rang her sister straight away and told her that she must go to church to get help. ‘From that day Maryann turned a corner. She surrounded herself with people who have helped her to look after her physical and mental health. Her realtionship with her children is great. She started her own business, and has bought a house. She has a deep faith now.’ Felicity said. ‘It happened for us both almost at the same time. ‘We both just went – Wow! Maryann’s rod is her faith, and she knows God has a purpose for her.’
Felicity continued, ‘From that day I have lived differently too. God is in our home. Every day I’m thankful for what we have. Our family is very small here in the UK, but the church creates an extension to our family where we feel loved and secure. ‘Christmas is a great time to be at church and I encourage people to get there for their sake and for their family.’

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