225-766-4594     230 Renee' Drive   Sunday Worship at 8:30 & 11 a.m. and Sunday School at 9:45 a.m.

Faith Stories: Where God Wants Me To Be

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and I will answer you. You will search for me and find me, when you search for me with all of your heart.”

–Jeremiah 29:11-­13

Almost every day I would pass by St. John’s UMC. I could be on my way to work, shopping, or running errands. Each time I passed by, I would hear the voice of God saying to me, “Here is where I want you to be.” My reply was, “One day, Lord, I will visit but I can’t leave my church. I have so much to do there. I sing in the choir (as if they really need me). I’m the Children’s Coordinator, I teach Sunday School (ok, so what if Devin is the only child who shows up every Sunday) and I direct the youth choir (ok, ok a trio but they sound really good).” This went on for over a year! God telling me where I’m supposed to be and me giving excuses for my disobedience.

God gives us free will, and that’s good. When God tells us to do something and we disobey him, he won’t force us to do it. Instead, we experience the Jonah syndrome. God will allow us to be swallowed by a BIG FISH until we decide to obey his will. That’s what happened to me!

Every time I went to church it was a struggle. I didn’t want to go. (That was so out of character for me!) I couldn’t understand why I was feeling this way. It took Jonah three days to come to his senses. It took me a year to come to mine and thank God I did! When I finally decided to visit St. John’s, the peace and joy that I had been missing for over a year returned.

I know I’m where God wants me to be. Praise God!

Darlene Dickson

Share Your Story of Faith!

The Witness committee is looking to record your experiences working with St. John’s ministries or other activities where you’ve experienced God’s presence. We’ll be collecting the stories and sharing them regularly via email, on our website and our newsletter as space allows. You can either send in a short story or just have a conversation with us and we’ll do the writing. Contact Kathy King ( for more information.

  Be Welcomed. Be Loved.

We are a Christian community called to share our gifts through worship, witness and service so that others will know God and become disciples of Jesus Christ.


Sunday worship at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Sunday school at 9:45 a.m.

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St. John's United Methodist Church

(Note New Mailing Address)
230 Renee' Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

  Phone : 225-766-4594
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  Office hours : Mon-Thurs, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Fri, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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