The Christian Noob (n00b)

born & raised Catholic, now going to a Presbyterian church & still learning

my church friends, unexpected fellowship

When I started going to FAPC (, making friends was something I had considered. After all, that had never been my experience in any religious circle. As a matter of fact, my experience had been that of the individual sharing practically nothing in common other than considering ourselves to be “true” Christians.

During the first months, I read a lot of information on Christianity, divisions and differences in the Church, denominations, schism, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox and anything else I could get my hands on. I wanted to make sure that what I had considered to be a “true” Christian would somehow fit into whatever new ideologies I was encountering in this different church. Nowadays Protestant Christianity makes more sense to me than my previous 37 years calling myself and/or being considered Catholic (born into a Catholic family/society and going to Catholic churches, all the while considering Protestants wrong).

Going back to the main subject, I started talking to other church goers asking questions here and there — nothing special, nothing personal, other than the Christian faith. I then started going to these one-hour talks/classes. I slowly started hanging out in church with the same group of people and making friends there without realizing (fellowship). I also took several Bible study classes and met others and got to know some of the previous group of people somewhat better.

These new group of friends are guys whom I can talk, joke, laugh, eat (perhaps the favorite activity) and most importantly share a common faith (being Christian, perhaps with some differences in Christology — –here and there). As a matter of fact, nowadays some of my dearest friends are from church. At the same time, I’m very grateful to some of them for helping me grow as a Christian and a better person (

I doesn’t stop to amaze me how weird this one church is that these random people (myself included) have come together from different parts — all coming to a common time and place in the universe. I don’t think any of them is from NYC (myself included though living 27 years in this city).


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