Joan’s story

Although I attended church when I was younger, for a number of years life’s journey took me away from it.

I’ve enjoyed a good life, a happy marriage and together we raised our lovely son. Thirteen years ago, sadly my husband passed away. My life was no longer as I knew it. A lady doesn’t tell her age but I was already ‘mature’. I became very low and lonely.

A good friend invited me often to her church. She never gave up, despite my reluctance to agree. One day however, she invited me and I just felt there was something different behind the invite. I felt compelled to go. I have not looked back from that day. I was welcomed into church and my life has got so much better. I started to volunteer for a Christian counselling organisation as a welcome and support worker and I especially enjoyed reading in church and I also host a home group.

A few years later I was diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition and my sight is now quite poor. Although I wear glasses, most people would have no idea how poor my sight is. I am determined not to let this stop me, never wishing to return to that low place.

My church have been brilliant, producing hymns and my bible readings in large print, they are so inclusive and I don’t know where I would be now without them being so sight loss friendly. My vision is difficult, but being able to read the Bible at the front of church, and being included in the service continues to bring meaning and pleasure to my life.