I think the best way to kick off the series of blogs is by sharing my story with you so you know a little bit more about me.
This is me…
My Full Name is Chloe Katherine Bennett, I am 18 years old, my birthday is 26th August and I live in Kent, England.
I am a fully Qualified Level 3 Child Care Practitioner and work in a Day Nursery as a Pre-school Key Worker.
I live with my Mum, Dad, Older Brother and Younger Sister. Oh and we have a rabbit called Jenson Bunny…guess who we named him after?!
I’ve grown up in a Christian family. My Grandad was Pastor of New Life Community Church so I pretty much grew up at that church.
I don’t remember much about when I was younger at church. All I remember was messing around during Sunday School and singing some really old kid songs which I still remember to this day!
Growing up in a Christian family meant I’ve always had the knowledge of God but I never knew him personally.
When I was 13 years old, I went to my first concert which was the first EVER Big Church Day Out in 2009 and it was there that I developed a passion for all things music and worship but I still didn’t have a great relationship with God.
A few months later, I went to the last ever Delirious? concert in November 2009. My love for worship developed even more but I still didn’t know God all that well.
In 2010, some things happened in my family and my church which kinda had a bad affect on people. I’m not gonna go into detail because what happened is personal but all I’m gonna say is that it made me really ill. I lost a lot of weight, I wasn’t eating a lot. I don’t wanna say I had an eating disorder, because I didn’t go to the doctors to get a diagnoses, but that’s the only way I can describe it…I had an eating disorder. Long story short, 2010 was a horrible year for me.
It wasn’t until 2011, when I found out people were realising how much weight I had lost and were constantly asking if I was ok, that I started to get my life together again. I ate more, I put on weight very quickly, I started to feel better about myself! Which was good because I had all my GCSE exams that year.
I started volunteering at a children’s after school club called Kingsquad, we would teach children about stories in the bible etc. Which has then lead me on to being a leader at a Christian Children’s Camp called Chequer Tree Camp and this year is the 3rd year I have taken part.
Over the last 3 years, I have felt my love for God and my relationship with him open so much! From doing Chequer Tree Camp, as well as going to event such as Big Church Day Out and Worship Central Conference, I have realised the way I talk to God and communicate with him is by praise and worship, as well as sharing his word to children who doesn’t God at all. Christian’s may say that pray is the main form of communicate, and they are right to some people. But to me, lifting my hands, shouting his name through worship is my main form of communicate and I can clearly hear Him.
Over the past year, I have been reading my bible a lot more and here are a few verse I really find encouraging:
‘I have been crucified with Christ; it is no loner I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.’ Galatians 2v20
‘Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you…Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged…’ 2 Chronicles 20v17.
Now, in 2014, I am a worship leader at a my new church, I am a blogger, I am part of an amazing Youth Group called MedwayYouth and I am loving the life Christ has given me and I shall live in his example.
If you would like to share your story with me, then please don’t hesitate to email me or to leave me a message 🙂