Jan Peters

Children and Families Worker

Position within the church: Children and Families Worker

How long have you been a Christian?  Since 1973

How and why did you become a Christian? I feel privileged to have been brought up in a Christian family, so have always gone to church. However, when I was 7 years old my Sunday school teacher told me that Jesus wants to be our best friend, and I decided then that I wanted to love Jesus and have Him as my best friend. When I was 10 years old I responded to an altar call to ask Jesus to be my Lord and Saviour and it’s been a wonderful journey ever since. Becoming a Christian is the most important decision I have ever made, and It’s been both exciting and humbling to see God`s hand and plan upon my life over the years.

What are your hobbies and interests? I feel very blessed to have a job that I love, so obviously a great interest and love of mine is working with children of different ages and their families in various settings, and having the opportunity to share the Gospel with them. I also have fun being involved in Puppet ministry. On a personal level I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, exploring new places on holidays, going to the theatre and cinema,  meals out, and my ‘interest’ in homemade chocolate cake never wavers!

Do you have any family who attend church? My husband Chris, and two daughters, Sarah and Rachel are Christians and attend our church.

What are your aspirations for All Saints’ church for the next 12 months? This year provides us with a number of big, exciting opportunities to build relationships with our community, serve them, and share the gospel. My prayer is that God will inspire and enable us as a church body, and that He will be glorified as we work together in making the most of the opportunities He gives us, and that many people of all ages will come closer to Jesus as a result.

What are your long term desires for All Saints’ church? My prayer is that we will seek God together and be open to the Holy Spirit in even greater measure than we do already. That we will experience true fellowship as believers, as we read in Acts chapter 2 – Devoting ourselves to God, His teaching, and each other, knowing what it means to truly be an all age loving ‘family’. Then, rooted in this love, we can wholeheartedly love and serve our community even more than at present – children, youth, families, the elderly, and indeed all ages, ultimately seeking to help people come to know Jesus for themselves.

Finally, what has been the best advice/guidance that somebody has given you as a Christian? When I was a teenager someone once told me – “Where God guides, He provides. Trust Him in everything”. It is still a challenge to do this at times, but as I have been learning to let go and trust God to guide me in all areas of my life I have been amazed time and again at His incredible provision of everything I need, whether it be financial, spiritual or otherwise, (Proverbs 3.5-6).