I used to hate coming to church. I could think of nothing worse than sitting through a long sermon and then talking to boring Christians about boring church life.

I came to Pip n Jay nearly seven years ago as a student to keep my parents off my back and would live a completely different and separate life the moment I stepped outside those big blue doors.

However, three years later, things changed. God, through the people of Pip n Jay, opened my eyes to see that I did not need to live a tiresome double life.

I was accepted, loved and welcomed into the family for who I was.

Looking back now, I can see that this outpouring of grace from the wonderful, precious people of Pip n Jay has allowed me to firstly encounter God, and secondly walk closely with Him through the many ups and downs of my time here in Bristol. For this, I want to say a massive thank you to every single one of you.

As this chapter of my life is ending, I want to take this opportunity to encourage some of you. It took three years of me coming to this church before I encountered God. If God has put people on your heart to pray for or to meet up with but you feel like you are getting nowhere, can I please encourage you to keep going? Be patient. There are plenty of others like me, look out for them.

On the other hand, if you are someone who is new or reading this and also thinking you do not belong here or you don’t really fit in, speaking from experience, my suggestion and plea for you would be to, get stuck in. Allow yourself to let these amazing people around you into your life. You won’t regret it.

- Ajay Abraham

Our resident drummer, Ajay, will be moving to Vancouver, Canada in mid-July . We wish him bon-voyage and will be greatly missed by all those who know him.