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"Hey Abi,

Please don't be sorry. Have you ever heard of the phrase "You can't pour from an empty cup"? I feel like this applies here. You need to look after yourself before you can start caring for other people. I know you know all about self care so I won't go on, but try and practise it a little, the way you encourage others to. It's great that you have other skills too, I know music is one of your passions in life and hopefully by studying it that can help you get to where you want to be. Take all the time you need, you don't have to support people in SC all of the time - chat is there to support you too when you are going through difficult times.

Take care of yourself

Jelly x"
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Can you be a Christian without going church

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  • Can you be a Christian without going church

    I do believe in god and his teachings although I don't read the bible or go to church. So I was wondering what you guys think. Can you be a Christian if you don't read the bible or go to church?

    My mum never had me christened as a baby because she wanted me to be able to choose what I believed in when I was older.

    My nan was a Christian but she didn't attend an actual church (building) It was a group at her pastors house, so it was a church group but they did everything you would do at church so it was the same thing.

    I don't talk about my beliefs a lot a part from saying "I do believe in god and heaven and jesus"

    But can you still be a Christian if you don't go to church, pray a lot?

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    Yeahh, you can be a Christian as long as you have prayed for God to save you I know a lot of Christians that don't go to church, some go to get baptized and thats it
    'My worst days in recovery are better than the best days in relapse.' - Kate Le Page

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    • #3
      I don't think you need to do anything in particular to be part of any faith - I think it's your beliefs that make you part of a religion, you don't need to prove anything
      Treat yourself as you would treat a good friend

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      • #4
        Hi

        Religion is personal and you shouldn't feel that you need to do certain things like going to church to be a part of that faith group. Your beliefs are your own and like Lucy307 said you don't need to prove anything to anyone. However if you feel that you want to be part of a group with like minded individuals you could see if your local church runs activity groups in the community or has volunteering roles available for example at a Food Bank to help people in crisis.

        I personally don't identify with any religion but instead my actions and morals are influenced by the teachings from lots of different faiths. I believe your faith is evident through your actions in terms of helping others, respecting the planet and animals and spreading positive messages. What does being a Christian mean to you?

        ​- Sunny

        Last edited by SunshineSoul; 11-10-2017, 08:55 AM.

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        • #5
          Traditionally, a 'church' is a collective of people, not a building. Back in the days of when Christians were persecuted by the Romans they'd do all their praying etc inside and that evolved in to a church being though tof as a building.

          Being a Christian is about a relationship between Jesus and yourself. If you enjoy the fellowship of others they by all means go along to a church. But there is no set requirement for you to attend.

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          • #6
            Really good replies guys! Sharing opinions in a respectful way Keep it up!

            Have a great day

            Drea

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            • #7
              I personally don't identify with a religion either, but my mother is a Christian and only attended church up until the age of 16, then stopped going. Not because her beliefs had changed, but for other reasons.

              So, I don't think you have to go to church to be a Christian.
              "Truely independent person who doesn't do quotes, just dates".. (29.04.17)

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              • #8
                Thanks guys I know I havenít been on in a while itís been mad crazy!

                Thanks for all your opinions

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                • #9
                  Thanks guys I know I havenít been on lately itís been mad crazy!

                  Thank you for your opinions

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                  • #10
                    If Christianity is what you believe in then you can call yourself a Christian, you dont have to attend a church to have your personal beliefs confirmed

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                    • #11
                      Of course you can be a Christian without going to church, but there are some great online churches you could join if going out in these dark evenings is a problem. Online fellowships have been popular, too, even online Christian websites are good if you'd like to participate.

                      What could help is using a daily devotional such as ODB: https://odb.org/ which 'Belle my youngest sister subcribes to.

                      If we don't ascribe to a particular faith, we can still be spiritual people. Even the gentle light from a lit candle brings great comfort and hope. We can meditate, we can pray in our own way. The possibilities are all out there.

                      In our busy lives, sometimes we get so lost in our destinations that we forget about the journey. It is important for us to capture moments of beauty, love and happiness whenever we can, be it at home or in the park or in some place where it feels peaceful.
                      The greatest female power is empathy to create relationships on a personal level. It's better for a woman to come across as more nurturing, more warm, and that is going to lend more success to her than for a man doing the same thing.

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                      • #12
                        Of course. Christianity is a faith, and you can choose to be as relaxed or orthodox as you'd like. There are plenty of Christians that don't go to church. There are also some people who go to church, but aren't Christian!

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                        • #13
                          Nicely put, Azziman
                          The greatest female power is empathy to create relationships on a personal level. It's better for a woman to come across as more nurturing, more warm, and that is going to lend more success to her than for a man doing the same thing.

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                          • #14
                            Hi @One-in-a-million

                            You need to attend church, but it's nice if you can occasionally because you get to meet other believers who can help you if need be. There are online churches though, and better than no church at all. Helping ourselves we can make super new friendships this way, and/or join an online Christians site. Maybe your town church has an online website? It's worth finding out.

                            By the way, I'm not 13 like Princesa said, my real age is authenticated to be 16 - whatever, we can't erase the past.

                            I haven't been to church lately, but always pray at night for family, for friends. Lighting a candle symbolises Jesus 'The Light of the world', and it's comforting, too.

                            Wishing you well,

                            Belle
                            "Seconds of your life are ticking away. If someone says that there's a rule - break it! That's the only thing that moves things forward."
                            -Hans Zimmer.

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