Simon's Story

Simon's Story

I knew there was most probably a God, whom I didn’t want to upset, and that if hell was real, I definitely didn’t want to go there when I died, but that was about it.

Before Alpha I thought I was doing OK. I had a small apartment in the inner city, I had a good job, and I thought I was a good person generally. I knew there was most probably a God, whom I didn’t want to upset, and that if hell was real, I definitely didn’t want to go there when I died, but that was about it. When I was 15 years old I started using drugs recreationally but over the years my recreational usage turned into more of a lifestyle. By January 2014 I was getting high at least five days a week, I was just doing enough at the office not to get fired and I was disconnected from family and friends.

One Monday, my girlfriend told me how she was driving home and felt compelled to go into church. In the church she heard about Alpha and that the church was busy with running one at the time. She really thought it was a good idea that we go. So we contacted the church, got more details and the next evening we were there. We’d already missed week one but that was OK, so we started from week two. At the same time we committed to coming to church every Sunday for the duration of Alpha. Week by week I was exposed to, and learned more about, Jesus and the Gospel. I had a ton of questions but through Alpha I felt encouraged to ask them and also to share my own feelings on what I was learning. In that process I came to know God’s love for me. I handed over my addictions and gave my life to Him.

Since then my life has completely changed. I was a broken man living a broken life and Christ has made me whole again. He has empowered me to live a life of intent. I am passionate about teenagers and nowadays you’ll often find me sharing my story and His love with them. In the last year I’ve gotten married; we’ve bought a home and are expecting a baby boy in January. I know none of this would have been possible without Jesus. I know that I am His son and He is my Father and I will never stop pursuing Him.

Simon Chittenden

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