When I was fourteen, everything that I thought I knew about my faith in God was turned upside down. 

I grew up going to church with my family and sort of believed by default. This all changed when my dad, a member of the leadership team in our church, decided to step down from his position and subsequently became an atheist. Suddenly, one of the people that I trusted and looked up to the most believed something completely different to me. 

I found this really hard to cope with and it was a very confusing and emotional time for me. Every time I went to church, a big barrier of doubts would just spring up in my head and sometimes I felt like I was a million miles away from even believing in God. However, over the next few years I gradually came to realise that no matter how far I felt like I had strayed from God, he hadn’t left me. He had always been there beside me and always will be. Choosing to get to know God for myself is one of the best decisions I’ve made. 

The peace, forgiveness and huge unconditional love from God are things that I know I will never find anywhere else.

Bristol CU