Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God, which continues for the rest of our lives and is the first step in response to God’s love. For all involved, particularly the candidates and congregation, it is a joyful moment when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. The wider community of the local church and friends welcomed Dinks, promising support and prayer for her. Hearing and doing these things provides an opportunity to remember our own baptism and reflect on the progress made on that journey, which is now to be shared with Dinks as a member of the Church.
We celebrated with Dinks McCoubrie on her special day and listened how She had been welcomed into St Mary’s and re-embarked on her journey of faith with Jesus.
Mike Emery gets things underway, albeit with a croaky voice!
Alastair warms up his guitar, viewed through the St Mary’s prayer tree.
A very proud moment for Mum, Dad and Grandad!
David Hicks proudly shows off his Grandson – 6 days old and so good. Sleeping and gaining weight. Congratulations!
Dink’s celebration sponge cake – yes catering always plays a big part of life at St Mary’s. Everyone loves cake!
Dink’s celebration fruit cake to mark her special day.
The Rev Ruth Walker provides today’s talk to our congregation.
The Baptism pool overlooked by the lit cross of Jesus.
The cross of Jesus shines out across our congregation.
Jesus is Lord and he guides us all the time, walking beside us through life.
Ruth speaks wise words enjoyed by us all.
Mike talks to Dinks and asks her to talk us through her journey of faith.
Dinks shares her most personal thoughts with us all. A very special moment.
Dinks tells us about how she became a Christian and why she chose St Mary’s as her place of worship.
The Rev Andrew Knowles checks the temperature and talks about the Baptism waters.
The words of Baptism are spoken before Dinks gets ready for her special moment of immersion.
A still baby sleeps on…
Andrew and Ian discussing why Baptism is such an important part of the Christian journey.
Preparations completed, it’s time for Dinks’ moment.
After being baptised by full immersion we pause to heard what God has to say to us before sharing with everyone.
A front row seat so everyone is able to hear and watch Dinks Baptism.
The words of the Lord start to flow and our congregation speak out what they have heard and received.
A truly heavenly moment is experienced by everyone.
Hazle makes sure things are in order to avoid any accidents with the wet floor.
Today we have started Lindsay on her Christian journey. God has touched her with his Love and given her a place among his people. God promises to be with her in joy and sorrow, to be her guide in life, and to bring her safely to heaven.
In baptism God invites us on a life-long journey. Together with all God’s people Lindsay will explore the way of Jesus and grow in her friendship with God, in the love for his people, and in serving others.
We celebrated four full immersion Baptisms today with both St Mary’s and the Nepalese Yahweh Church joining together for this special event. It was really great to see so many coming together in worship and to witness this important step in their Christian journey.
What exactly is Baptism?
Baptism is a response to God’s love – a desire and a commitment to respond to God’s call to follow the example of Jesus Christ. It is also a celebration, a time to come together with family and friends; remembering that you are loved by God, are part of a wider community and have a place with God’s people.
Here are a small selection of photos from the day.
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During our Family Service at St Mary’s, Keaton Bull & Lucy Clevett were Baptised, with over 100 attending to join in their celebration and to witness them take the next step in their Christian journey.
On Sunday 8th March the Baptism of Lily Grace Tillett took place at St Mary’s.
It was lovely to see so many of their friends and family joining with our Church family to celebrate this wonderful occasion.
We welcome you into God’s family Lily.