I was so pleased to find this website and to see some photographs that bring back wonderful memories of my very short time I spent with a housegroup in 1985.
I had came down to London to work as a chef at the RNOH and had a flatmate who knew one of the nurses who attended St Peters. My flatmate was invited to a house group and wanted me to go along and keep him company ,so having a vague interest in things of a metaphysical nature ,I went along as well.
This was the first time in my life I had met Christians.My only other contact with religious people had been suit wearing door-knocking people who quite frankly creeped me out. But meeting Carole and Brendan Malone and their family ,and Dave and Brenda who led the housegroup at Brendan's home just completely blew my paradigm.
These were real people who were open and caring and not afraid to let you know they were not perfect or had all the answers. I was really intrigued and continued to go along to the house groups.
We were going through Mark's gospel and despite my utter lack of knowledge of Christianity or the bible ,the pieces began to fit together concerning who Jesus was and what he came to do.
Within a few weeks of attending the group and reading some books by David Watson, I began to feel very drawn towards Christ and wondered what the next step was.
It was near the end of June 1985 that I came home from a visit in Norfolk and went into my room and locked the door ,then prayed my very first prayer and asked Christ to save me.
The housegroup met soon after and I remember we were sitting in a circle and the group was praying. So I prayed as well and thanked God for answering my prayer and changing my heart.
Brendan opened one eye and smiled! It was like being welcomed into heaven.
So my first time attending a church service was at St Peters , and every time I hear the song ' You Are The King Of Glory' that service comes to mind.
Its a long time ago now, but I am still a Christian and married to Rachel and we have three children and live in Southampton.
None of you will remember me ,but I will never forget St Peters.
I thank Brendan and Carole for their encouragement and for opening their home, and Dave and Brenda for those sessions on Mark. Thank you Su Parry for being a friend.
God Bless you all ,
So good to hear from you. Both myself and Brenda remember you. It's great you stayed with the faith. Brenda and I have 4 grandchildren now. Carly our daughter is moving to Southampton soon. How did you find out about the website? I have now started a friends of St. Peter's past and present on my facebook page.
I have also added some old homegroup photos from a picnic we had if you could help out with any of the names it would be great.
Thanks again for your contribution it was really great to hear from you. Dave
Great to hear from you!
I found the website after this part of my story came up in conversation recently. So I looked up St Peter's and found the blog.
Wonderful to see the photos of the picnic,I was only just remembering that yesterday.
I can identify some of the people in the house group picnic not named. The person standing next to Brendan near the BBQ is Ricky Louis (my flatmate).The pic to the left of Su with the ball I believe is Pete ,who married Caroline who was the nurse at the RNOH. The guy in the black t-shirt on the bottom right is me. ( My wife Rachel has just seen it and commented whether it is the same t-shirt I am wearing now!
Thanks for sharing the pics Dave, that's just awesome.
All the best to you ,Brenda and the family ,
St. Peter's History site has been set up to mark St. Peter's fifty years anniversary. Please feel free to join in with your recollections (good or bad ) of your time at St. Peter's.