Alice’s Story

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

My name is Alice, I’m from the Cotswolds and have spent most of my life living in the beautiful,rural, countryside with my parents, three sheep and a blind tortoise called Colin. Apart from 5 years in Vancouver, Canada, which was the dream.

Last year I chose to take a year out and did the New Wine gap year, which basically consisted of working in a church for the year, with students, the homeless and vulnerable and learning more about faith and living a radical life as a christian. I saw God move last year in ways I have never experienced before, and it definitely solidified my faith, and made me excited to come to Durham and share Jesus with people.

What do you love most about Durham?

Flat white, obviously. And the vintage shop on North Road.

Can you tell us a little bit about your faith in three words?

Love: this is at the core of my faith and what I want to get across to other people. As a Christian I am called to love God, love others, and almost more importantly to be loved by God. God first and foremostly wants us to accept his love without the requirement of anything in return. That just blows my mind and I am still trying to get my head around it.

Challenge: because nobody ever said that being a Christian was easy. I think sometimes we can all think, faith, no faith, or unsure, that if God is real and he really is sitting on the throne of heaven in control of it all, then life is going to be a breeze. That God is going to jump down from his cloud in the sky and stop us from ever getting hurt or messing up. That having a relationship with God is like bubble wrapping our lives. But unfortunately it’s just not like that. That doesn’t mean that becoming a Christian wasn’t the best decision I’ve ever made, but it’s still flipping hard.

Truth: without wanting to sound arrogant or like I have everything sorted, I just know that God is true. I believe that his son Jesus really did die for me and that one day I am going to see him face to face. And that doesn’t mean that this is always at the forefront of my mind, although perhaps it should be, it doesn’t mean that I don’t have questions or get angry at God or frustrated at the church, but it means that underneath it all, what underpins my whole life, is an almost indescribable assurance that God just is there.