Welcome to Story Works

Every Tuesday you will find a new story from people with connections to North Down.
We hope you will be challenged, encouraged and blessed by this new feature.
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Wisdom & Experience

I became a Christian just before I turned 18 and my parents were very influential in that happening. They had both become Christians through Bangor Elim and invited me to their baptism. I went along that night, started to go to the church and the youth group and 8...

Belonging

I sometimes wonder what it is that makes you want to belong to a place, a town, a country, and its people. I have travelled and moved home many times in my life and I have often felt a bit of a vagabond but Bangor has now been my home for several decades....

Cinderella

As I watched old photos of my wedding day slowly burn, smoke softly curling up the chimney, smouldering to ashes ... it seemed so appropriate ... for my life felt like it had turned to ashes ... the bitter wrenching of a 27 year toxic marriage ending, my constant and...

Apple ‘n’ Jade Green

The bible says that not even a sparrow falls to the ground that God doesn't know about. But sometimes in this crazy world we live in it’s difficult to believe the truth of that statement. A while back I volunteered for Store House and one day we got a request for a...

Principals

When people ask me what the most difficult part of being a politician, that's an easy answer for me; it's being a Christian politician. As my old friend Christoff (Rev Chris Bower) would say, the challenge is how we merge our Biblical principals with a loving and...

Meeting Angels

A friend recently asked me if I had ever met an angel. She acted justly and loved mercy and walked humbly with her God. Micah 6:8 I believe, on my faith journey, I have encountered many. They come and before you know it they have gone, leaving behind an indelible...

Just Breathe

JUST BREATHE.......... In ancient times when someone stopped breathing it was taken that their spirit had left their body, in fact in both Greek (pneuma) and Hebrew (ruach) there was only one word for spirit and breath. The Bible says God made man from dust, breathed...

Hindsight is a wonderful thing

Hindsight is a wonderful thing! As a teenager, I thought I knew what I wanted to do in life, Occupational Therapy, anything but nursing. Blip 1. Against all expectations, I was turned down. A year later I applied again, adding Physio and Nursing to the UCCA form. This...

Grace

I only became a Christian a short time ago but I have begun to see how God has been present during my long and complex journey to faith. I was chatting to a friend about our old school days and I remembered an incident from 30 years ago. I realised that was the time I...

Age is just a number

The year 2010 is a landmark year in my Christian journey. Having been challenged to consider the church’s engagement with the wider community I was shocked to discover how disconnected I had become with the issues and concerns of other members of society whom I had...

Wow

I am never failed to be amazed at the generosity of people. I've just finished watching Children in Need and as “The Totaliser” was read out all I could say was 'wow'! The stories were moving and certainly pulled on your heart strings. But it was wonderful to...

Journeying

I can’t remember a time I didn’t believe in God. That is the opening line of my testimony, the whole thing a rather un-enthralling account of my faith journey so far. Less an epic of encounters with the Divine and more a steady and unfolding discovery of God’s love...

To do list

‘Where has the weekend gone? It is Monday morning again!’ With this thought in mind, I sit down at the kitchen table with a second mug of coffee, and out comes my diary. This has been a ritual of mine for years: I check my diary to see what I must do each week; after...

Looking forward

Roy lives in Bangor with his wife Kay. He enjoys walking and is a member of Christ Church Primacy. Earlier this year someone tagged me in a group photograph of still young people - all hair and flares, larking around outside the first house church in Belfast, circa...

What do you love?

I’m not an evangelist. There I’ve said it. I’ve just taken my eldest son to Belfast for the afternoon after AQE paper No.2 had been swiftly despatched. As we get to City Hall there is a bus plastered in scripture parked at the gates complete with someone “addressing”...

Belonging

I've learnt over my 40 years of journeying with God that belonging is the key. In my earlier church life the pattern was that you 'made a commitment', went to church, followed the rules, served in a ministry team and, after much time, you could finally say that you...

Hope

Recently I have been thinking about waiting patiently & holding onto patient Hope. In the midst, of our hurting & chaotic world, the business of life and the stresses and strains we all feel, hearing Abba’s voice through the din is so vital! His voice IS...

The Kiwi that came to Christ

My name is Michael. I am New Zealand born and bred, 65, married with three children and four grandchildren some of whom are based here in Bangor. Growing up in the 60's and 70's I pushed the boundaries of my Catholic upbringing and embraced the alternative lifestyle...

I want to be love

Do I want to be defined by my past, my fears, my need for acceptance. Or do I want to be defined by my present, who I love, who I can serve, how I can try to make a difference. And if I do the later how will that affect my future? It is so easy to hide away and...