Richard & Jayne's Story

After being invited to church through a Christmas project, Richard and Jayne never looked back.

After being invited to church through a Christmas project, Richard and Jayne never looked back.

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Christmas is a good reminder to us
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where our journey took off, really,
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because we went to a new church,
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we loved what we saw
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and I think that in itself
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brought us to life again.
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My name is Jayne.
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My name is Richard.
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[Jayne And Richard] And this is our story.
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I come from a very loving home
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and mum and dad weren't church goers
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but they sent me and my sister to Sunday school.
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I loved Sunday school
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and I knew I wanted to follow Jesus.
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I've always been in the church
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'cause mum and dad were the vergers.
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Probably didn't really believe in it.
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Went to Sunday to school
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because I had to go to Sunday school.
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I used to play a lot of snooker at the Conservative Club
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and then this young lady came in there one night
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and I started chatting her up in the bar
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and her personality was kind,
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loving, caring and then I married Jayne.
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Well, a Christmas project we got involved with
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because of my daughter, Abby.
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She was part of the choir.
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I was invited to go along
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to 'Let the Bells ring out'
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and we went along.
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It was just something about this chap on the stage,
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I loved the way he spoke
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and I said, "I'd just love to go along
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and hear him talk some time."
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That next Sunday we went down
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and we didn't look back.
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It was just like somebody had flicked on a switch.
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Something I'd never, ever experienced in my life.
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It was amazing.
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And then somebody said to me,
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"why don't you do an Alpha Course?"
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So, yeah, we duly signed up for it
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and it was just like
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my whole world had changed.
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I work at the Port of Felixstowe,
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as a vessel controller.
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The guys at work said to me,
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"what's different about you?
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We can see there's a difference about you."
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I even took my Bible into work one day
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and talked to people about it
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and, "do you know?
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I haven't read my Bible for so long."
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I said, "well, if you've got it, get it out and read it!"
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I think you never stop growing
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and you never stop learning
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and even in the last five years
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a lot has happened to us as a family
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but all through that
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I can feel that God's been with me.
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So, Christmas has always been extra special
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to see all those children,
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to see all those non-Christian families
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to try and get the message across to them
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and you just hope what difference
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you can make to those children at Christmas.