Brother Ron Barnes
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New to Christianity

 

Dear Brother Ron

 

I live in an Islamic country and I'm turning 17 soon. A few months back, I had a talk with my mother (she's British) about religion. It was such an emotional conversation and I realized I believed in Christianity. I'm not officially Christian but in my heart I am. I pray to the lord every night at my bed side. I have to keep it a secret and it's so hard.

This year in July, I will be going to the UK to continue my education and I want to attend church. The thing is, I'm new and not sure how things work properly. For example, the wine and the bread. Am I allowed to take them? Or how to sing. I'm not familiar with most of them.

Can you please give me any suggestions? Should I talk to someone in the church to help me? I would be very grateful. Please do not judge me, It was my decision to convert and that is what I wanted to do.

Thank you so much for your time.

 

Leery

 

Dear Leery

 

If you will be living in England, the official church is the Church of England (Episcopalian) church. Google those terms and you will get a wealth of information. Don't worry about fitting in. Stand when they stand, kneel when they kneel and you'll be fine.

The wine and bread are known as Communion. It is a ritual of solidarity among members of the church. If offered, just say, "Thanks but I'm not a member", If they say that's OK, take it as a sign of fellowship and participate. There's a lot of ritual but most of the members are not that formal.

Talking to the pastor is a good idea. He will probably welcome your desire to learn more. That's what pastors do. Just remember the two rules Jesus gave us-love God and love each other. As long as you are doing those two things, you are acting in the spirit of Jesus. The rest is just window dressing.

Best always
Brother Ron