For 2 years i lived across the road from an old church, i would frequently see youths congregating outside and hear the pounding of drums and screeching voices coming from inside the church. As this was no interest to me i avoided the place like the plague and convinced myself it was a dwelling for people who liked skateboards, energy drinks and very loud music.
After a few months of my curiosity growing i finally got my reason to visit the old church, i had also found out it wasn't called the old church but x-church on account of it being.....you guessed it.....an ex church. i had been told of a Mental Health Support Group that ran at x-church on wednesday afternoon, and seeing as i didn't have much of a social life i saw this as my opportunity to get out of the house and meet new people.
I started attending the support group that is held in the cafe and quickly found people i could connect with and talk comfortably with, i had found "my kind of people". People like Donna the x-church cafe manager who has a brilliant sense of humor but also a death stare that could kill a man in seconds, or Kirsty, a fellow member of Stepping Stone again a fantastic sense of humour and my partner in crime.
But none of what happens at x-church would be possible without Marcus, Marcus owns x-church and deserves every bit of credit he recieves, he has taken a beautiful building and made it an important part of the community, he has made not only a place for the "crazies" to meet up but a place where bands can practice, youths can stay out of trouble, and laughter can be spread.
I have since started volunteering at the x-church cafe, where the days are filled with laughter, fun and pranks (sorry Donna) and i love every minute of it.
It's true that x-church is frequented by skateboard lovers, loud music players and energy drinkers, but each and every one of the guys that go to x-church are far from what i expected..........They are better.
And it just goes to show........You can't judge a church by its congregation!!!