Baptism - Vinnie's Story
I had not been to church in a long time. My wife and I had always talked about going again, but we just never could get there. Finally, my wife went to Vox in Branford a few weeks ago to check it out. She loved it. So two weeks ago I went and we took our kids. My experience was a blessing. I walked in and had to adjust a bit because it's not like any church I have been to. Once we sat and the service started, I was on an emotional rollercoaster. I was tearing up, happy, hopeful, and more. I could feel the shield over my heart breaking down. I'm not one to show my emotions, especially in a place with so many people, but I felt God touch my heart. When I walked out of my first time there, I felt like a million bucks. I felt different - like a weight was lifted. I couldn't wait to go again. Then last week we went. It was baptism day. The pastor spoke about people who signed up, but then also gave an open invitation to anyone else who wanted to join in. I looked at my wife and had this feeling that I needed to do it. I never make last-minute decisions like this. Getting baptized in a new place, with people I don't know, and dozens watching was a little nerve-wracking and out of my comfort zone for sure, but I got up, gave my wife my keys and phone, and signed up. I got on stage and was nervous, but the pastor said after I mentioned it being only my second time there, that it was no accident. Once I got in the tub, the two people in it who would put me in the water must have known I was nervous and shaking, because the man put his hand on my shoulder and said, "I got you, brother." I then went under and came out a new man. How I feel and carry myself just after 2 times of going to this church speaks volumes to how much I needed to come back and reaffirm and rededicate myself to God. I want to thank all of the people at Vox. I feel blessed and am a better man, better husband, and better father. Thank you God for helping me come back and welcoming me with open arms. It's been a ride and I'm glad this all happened.