Aba has just bought her first flat by herself in Crystal Palace.
I was born in Lewisham and then grew up in Plumstead. I’ve always lived in South London, I just love it. I love the diversity; everything’s here, everyone’s here. No matter who you are, you can find a pocket of a community that you can identify with, and make that your home.
I think that’s what church should look like too, a mixture of everybody rather than just one specific race or culture. I set about looking for somewhere that would replicate that experience, so I googled churches in London and I found CCL. I came along and I thought it was great; really good teaching, really nice people!
Pretty soon after that, I joined a Connect Group, and then I joined the production team, leading one of the Sunday teams at the Central Service. So I guess that’s two of the three ways you can throw yourself into church: midweek groups and serving teams are both great ways to get involved.
The third way is giving, and I also do that regularly. There are a few different reasons why I think it’s important. It’s a sign of obedience: we’ve been called to give. But then it’s also a way of showing your love to God, and it’s humbling to remind yourself that everything that you have is because of Him.
Honestly, sometimes it’s hard. I said to my friend the other day when I was in the process of looking for furniture, “That money I give could buy me a sofa!” And then I thought, ‘don’t be silly, you wouldn’t even be able to have the house if it wasn’t for the God that you’re giving this money to’. But sometimes it is a struggle.
But then there are the differences that we see. A lot of the stuff we do, like food bank, is really good. It would be fabulous to see how we could make a difference in communities around London as we multiply into more services. I think that would be amazing.
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