Face to Faith – Florence Toplis
Author: Florence Toplis, ten years old
Published on 1 May 2017
Hello, I am Florence, member of Aylsham Parish Church and I’m ten years old. I am a server for my church and I am a part of the youth group there. I am also very proud to be confirmed and write this article for The Magazine
Why did you choose to get confirmed?
To further my part of such a lovely community. The work they do is amazing and I felt honoured to just be offered a small part of that. In Christianity, everyone plays a part. Not just the adults, or the teenagers, or the children, or the babies. Everyone has an important part to play and I liked that feeling. That strongly altered my decision in faith.
What was the process for confirmation like?
Exciting and intriguing. I have done lots of things to help me along. I have gone to various meetings held at my church and have been challenged to do 40 things during my prep! Things like reading (a bit of) the Bible every day for a week, learning the Lord’s Prayer, saying grace, writing prayers, knowing the names of the four Gospels. All these things helped me in my journey to faith.
What were your feelings while taking the next step in your Christian journey?
I guess I was quite nervous about the responsibility I was taking on and I was worried about the commitment I was applying myself to. I knew, though, that I had friends and family who were always willing to help and were there for me.
How do you feel now you are actually confirmed?
I am excited about the things I can learn and do during my life through Christianity. I can connect more than ever now with Jesus and God. I can also bond more with not only my generation but other generations as well.
Was your journey hard, or did you pass it with flying colours?
I’d say in the middle of that range: it wasn’t difficult but it wasn’t like walking through water vapour either! I’d say it was more like walking through slime. A bit sticky on the way in some bits but I got there in the end. It was scary, a bit scary, too. I was meeting new people who I’d never seen before.
How did you come to faith?
My mum and dad first introduced me to Christ and I was baptised at just three months old. I have then carried on throughout my journey and have come on to confirmation and I hope that I will go far from there!
Why do you think the church is an important place for young people?
I think it is important because it can help young people to branch out, make new friends, have fun and open their hearts and mind to Christ. I think all this is important because it can help you to open up, not hide in a corner and be like a cobweb whom no-one likes.