I moved to Luton in 2002 and after trying a number of churches in Luton I saw a newspaper report on Hope Church. Keen to find a church where I could feel comfortable I went along to a Sunday meeting at the Sixth Form College. I was greeted by Dean Fryer-Saxby who quickly introduced me to two ladies, Ruth and Robyn. Fourteen years on I still consider the three of them to be friends.
I was invited to have lunch with some other people, I quickly realized that there were a number of people connected to the church in their twenties and thirties. It was very easy to make friends quickly. We would often meet together during the week, sometimes for food, sometimes to discuss more about God and our relationship with him, often to celebrate people’s birthdays.
It was at one of these occasions I met my husband, James. Ruth introduced James and I; Robyn was our bridesmaid and Dean with his wife Polly officiated at our wedding. We have been married just over twelve years which in many ways has gone really quickly.
During my time at Hope Church I have spent many a Sunday morning within Kids work. It is a pleasure and privilege to see children learn and grow. Most recently I have taught the Little Lights, our under threes, where we dance, tell amazing stories about Jesus and play with playdough. A lit bit more fun than my idea of the comfortable church.
Not only has it been a chance to see the kids grow in age and their relationship with God. The many friendships I have built up within Hope Church has helped me also continue to grow in my relationship with God. I have often read stories to the children about how much God loves them and my people within Hope Church have demonstrated God’s love to me.
Written by Sarah Hibbard
Sarah now works as our Open House Lounge Practical Manager