At the start of the pandemic I had just returned to work after several months of debilitating, work related illness.
I was unsure if I would ever be well enough to go back to work, but I was giving it a go, and I knew that I needed to make sure there was more fulfilment in my life.
As part of that, I knew I wanted to become part of a church. My late father and both late grandfathers were methodist ministers so I had grown up going to different churches, but as an adult had never found a spiritual home.
A friend of mine linked me up with Wesley Methodist in Chester, because she knew I was looking for fellowship in the lockdown context, rather than just to watch services online.
I logged onto my first zoom service and was welcomed straight away. Somehow despite everything being digital and remote, I very quickly felt connected and at home.
It's almost a year now since I became part of Wesley, and it is such a valuable part of my life.
Since starting university 15 years ago I had struggled to find a sense of home at a church; but somehow joining the Wesley family has felt effortless, and even meant to be.
Through the preaching, worship and fellowship at Wesley I am rediscovering my faith, and feeling God's presence in my life.
I'm still in a process of recovery really from the work related illness, still learning to safeguard balance in my life. The anchoring of God's presence, and my involvement at Wesley, is essential in that ongoing process.