As a new convert, I am not a member or even a member in name only.
So far, I have found that there is a strong link between church attendance and good health.
But what if I wanted to have faith without membership?
That is what I am doing.
I’m joining the life church, which is a branch of the Anglican Church in the United Kingdom.
It is based in Brighton, in east London.
I will be one of its 4,000 members and I will follow the same life path I have since I was a little boy.
The life church has four branches.
Each branch has its own set of rituals, ceremonies and teachings.
The first is called the Lord’s Supper.
During this time, the congregation gathers for worship, prayer and reflection.
Each morning, the members pray together.
At the end of the meal, they take communion.
During the day, there are some meetings and other activities.
The last event is the Holy Eucharist.
Here, people gather together for the meal and also eat a special type of bread called the consecrated bread.
At this moment, they are partaking in a spiritual experience.
But I am also participating in a few rituals.
I am going to give the Holy Communion to the next person who comes in the room.
If I have to, I will also bless the table where I have just taken the communion and offer the communion to my fellow-members.
I’ll offer the bread to them.
I can even offer a prayer to God.
The Lord’s supper ritual is a very common one in many Anglican churches.
The congregations usually meet together and hold some sort of special service.
The meal is held at this special time.
The food is made by one of the church’s four kitchens.
After the service, the guests sit down and have a drink.
This is usually accompanied by a song.
This tradition has become very popular with new converts.
There is a song about Jesus that we sing to each other in our own churches.
I think I have done the right thing by sharing the Lord with others and by being present.
But can it be the same for me?
Will the life-changing experience I have been having make me the same person I have always been?
Or will it be my own journey?
The answer to this question is that you don.
When you join the life religion, you have to make some choices.
For example, do you want to follow the rules or the rules make you feel guilty?
Do you want people to judge you?
Do they want to feel sorry for you?
I’m not sure.
I know that it can feel very lonely at times, but I feel that it is not about me.
My journey has been very different from that of many other people.
I have not been tempted by the lure of money, fame or social status.
I don’t have a girlfriend.
I still live with my parents.
I love my wife and don’t want her to leave me.
I would love to be able to be happy, but it is difficult for me.
If you want a life without membership, don’t join.
There are plenty of opportunities to do so, including online and offline events.
Life-changing experiences can be enjoyed at any time of the day.
It may be at the start of the workday, at the end when I have had a bit of time to myself, or at a quiet time when I feel alone.
I enjoy this as well as any other form of social interaction.
But for some, these are not the life experiences that make them feel happy.
When I was growing up, I had some friends that did not have a good relationship with the church.
They were not religious and didn’t have any faith.
But they did have a sense of belonging.
My friends, who were not members, had a different experience.
They wanted to know what it meant to belong.
So they did not participate in the life events, such as the Lord, the Communion and the Holy Meal.
It was not because they didn’t want to but because they wanted to keep their relationships to themselves.
So, they did it for themselves.
I also do not have any friends that are members.
My life has been much different.
I find the Church has not been an important part of my life.
I cannot find any church activities or any religious services.
I do not want to join any other faith group.
But do you agree with my feeling that the Church is important?
Or do you think that membership in any religion is important for a person to develop and grow?