Our church, my church

The church is a family that consists of different kinds of people who are joined together by Christ.

Tampere Pentecostal Church turns one hundred years old this year. The church is an exceptional place in society. It is a place where people from different backgrounds, age groups, cultures, nationalities and social classes come together as one family that is united by God’s love. The church consists of ordinary people, of people like you and me. We are the church. You are most welcome to join us!

I have truly fallen in love with the church in the past couple of years! I have always thought that fellowship of the church is an important thing but it has, in some way, only been head knowledge, not something I have really lived by.

 For me, it was not easy to find my place in the church first. I moved here from elsewhere and I didn’t know anybody from the church when I came. I was almost about to give up but then I joined one of the Iltakirkko teams. And suddenly, things started to fall into place. I started getting friends and more responsibilities. Fellowship with other believers and serving are precisely what make us grow as believers as well as being the things that further God’s kingdom. And interestingly, the more you give them time, the more your love for the church, and for Christ, will grow.

-Hanna

I have attended Tampere Pentecostal Church since I was little. So, I have gained a lot of experience from Sunday school to the student group. One of my dearest memories involves a children’s camp held at the old Kausjärvi campsite. In the evenings we would gather to listen to teaching, pray and sing around a campfire or in the main building. At the end of one of these meetings we were told that we could go and prepare for bed, but we could also stay and pray. At that moment I felt inside me a longing to stay. I don’t remember if I actually stayed that day or if I left with my friends, but the calling of the Holy Spirit stayed inside me and left an impact. God wanted to spend time with me, a primary school age child, and He still does. He wants to speak to all of us. Do we have patience to stop and listen?

-Reko

“For the kingdom of God is (…) a matter (…) of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval” (Romans 14:17–18).

Serving is something I love to do, and I pray for wisdom, love and skilfulness from God for everything I do in church.

-Irja

“For the kingdom of God is (…) a matter (…) of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval” (Romans 14:17–18).

Serving is something I love to do, and I pray for wisdom, love and skilfulness from God for everything I do in church.

-Irja

Unquestionably, the richness of church is that it contains lots of different kinds of people from different backgrounds.

One time when I was in church with a friend of mine, I had noticed something that needed to be taken care of. I can’t remember anymore what it was, so let’s say it was something big that was left in a wrong place. 

Just a few moments earlier I had seen there a man I knew, and I decided to go and find him. I thought he might be able to do something about it or at least would know who to talk to about it.

At first I talked this and that with him and then I mentioned about this snag I had noticed. The man stated both frankly and wisely, “There are many things in the church that someone should take care of. Could that someone sometimes be you?” This was an unexpected answer. The thought that I myself could be the answer to a problem had not even crossed my mind. After this I have seen the different defects in church in a different light. As I observe them, I have always wondered first if this is one which I could solve.

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-Mikko

You can never know what someone else is going or has gone through, so always remember to love and forgive in every situation.

In the past years, I have learnt how very important it is to connect with people and be present. Even though my own effort may, in some situations, seem small, for someone else even my smallest gesture of God’s love can be the thing that saves them. ❤️

-Emma

God isn’t often in a hurry – even if we might be. It is important that we listen to God and maintain a right attitude in our hearts. We shouldn’t worry so much about what will happen next. This really is a continuous learning path.

-Vesa

God isn’t often in a hurry – even if we might be. It is important that we listen to God and maintain a right attitude in our hearts. We shouldn’t worry so much about what will happen next. This really is a continuous learning path.

-Vesa

I found Jesus in 2001 with the help of a high school friend. At the time, I was helping out as a young confirmed volunteer in the Lutheran Church and I believed that God existed, however that belief didn’t have much influence on my life. In high school I made a new friend who asked me if I wanted to come to Tampere Pentecostal Church with them and the youth service there. That’s how I found myself at Wake Up, as the youth services were called back then.

After the experience I spent a lot of time wondering about people speaking in tongues and everything else I had seen happening around me. I couldn’t come up with any reason why someone would pretend those things. Finally, I came to the conclusion that God is way more real than I had imagined. I decided that if God worked in such ways in other people’s lives and gave them spiritual gifts like that, I wanted to have the same. So, I made the decision to follow Christ, and I was baptised in the summer of 2002 at a youth camp in Kausjärvi.

-Annukka

Let us not become weary in doing good.
Galatians 6:9

-Daniel

Let us not become weary in doing good.
Galatians 6:9

-Daniel

In 2020, health was no longer something I could take for granted, and I had to go through entirely new and very exhausting phases in my life. However, when I was at my weakest, people from the church carried me, prayed for me, and loved me in a way I had never before experienced. I also got to experience personally what it means to have the prayers of others carry me when there was a 24-hour prayer chain organised on my behalf. There is no other place where I have felt the kind of love the church has shown to me.

 

-Veronica

I enjoy going to church – the church is like a second home to me. It feels good to come here and listen to God’s Word and hear songs about Him. I have had a chance to do many different things at church, for example to be an usher and previously also sing in choirs and work at camps. At church, I get to see other people and spend time with them. You can always find friends at church.

It creates a good basis for life if we have sorted things out with God.

-Pertti

We have been able to experience God’s goodness and grace amid different kinds of challenges.

We want to follow Jesus to the ends of the earth.

God has surprised us with His goodness many times during this past year. He has shown us that He can really do more than we even dare to dream.

-Gift ja Ulla

My faith is held up by the disciples’ words to Jesus: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

I have hit rock bottom in my life just to discover that the bottom does not break either in my life nor anyone else’s, in no situation nor in any culture. Our final goal is to make it to our destination, together with others, by encouraging each other and helping each other find the way.

-Lea

My faith is held up by the disciples’ words to Jesus: “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

I have hit rock bottom in my life just to discover that the bottom does not break either in my life nor anyone else’s, in no situation nor in any culture. Our final goal is to make it to our destination, together with others, by encouraging each other and helping each other find the way.

-Lea

In recent years, I have learnt to accept God as a God of joy before anything. As a God who, as His Word states, rejoices over us, in whose presence I get to rejoice and with whom it is good to share not just the sorrows of life but the joys too. The joy of the Lord is our strength.

-Miika

It would be difficult to live without the church. At church, we can enjoy fellowship which is like a safety net in different situations in life. There are people who we can rely on and from whom we can get comfort, guidance, and advice.

I can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort I myself receive from God (adapted from 2 Corinthians 1:4).

-Ritva

It would be difficult to live without the church. At church, we can enjoy fellowship which is like a safety net in different situations in life. There are people who we can rely on and from whom we can get comfort, guidance, and advice.

I can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort I myself receive from God (adapted from 2 Corinthians 1:4).

-Ritva

Our Church, My Church