Stories of faith

Read our stories of faith from everyday people. Find out how they found God, what their relationship with Him means to them and how it affects the way they live their lives.


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I was a big atheist!
Kath Sutcliffe's presence and warm, engaging laugh will be familiar to the people of Bacup. She is the Senior Family Support Worker with Bacup Family Centre (BFC) and founder of Embrace.
Open I was a big atheist!

I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit
When I pray I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit and it helps me to feel calm and put everything in Gods hands.
Open I feel the presence of the Holy Spirit

Lost and Found
Bob's life has not been easy. Until his forties he had what he calls an elastic faith - just there when he thought he needed it - and he thought he had everything he needed. But his life changed on one October day.
Open Lost and Found

Challenging the notions of 'otherness'
For many of us, talking about sexuality can be difficult, but talking about this in the context of faith can be very challenging.
Open Challenging the notions of 'otherness'

If it hadn't been for God and the church, I wouldn't be here!
Connor loves his job as chaplaincy assistant at St Catherine Academy in Bolton, where he spends much of his time providing pastoral support to teenagers. His own experience of hitting rock bottom enables him to identify with the issues facing many young people.
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It's amazing what God can do
It never ceases to amaze me what the Holy Spirit can do with people in a short day! Always interested in ideas and stories, Marie Pattison finds herself on a spiritual journey that has taken lots of twists and turns.
Open It's amazing what God can do

Supporting others through grief
Barbara couldn't handle religious platitudes but knew instinctively that God was with her. She reflects that life can take unexpected turns that you would never imagine.
Open Supporting others through grief

Training up leaders
Stephen is passionate about using his leadership skills to benefit the Church. He is a senior manager at the BBC in Salford and has just taken on the additional role of being a Reader in the Church of England.
Open Training up leaders

Planting a new church
I feel a strong sense of calling and I hope our work will lead to positive change, and that individual change will translate into something bigger that benefits the city.
Open Planting a new church

Everything in my life was worthless
Kathreen Shabaz, a nurse and an Authorised Lay Minister at St Barnabas, Oldham, was brought up in a Catholic family in Pakistan. I wouldn't count myself then as Christian.
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