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.
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We look forward to welcoming you and celebrating
the greatest gift of all.
Sunday 12th June 2016
This weekend, as the nation was celebrating the Queen’s 90th birthday, St Mary’s were enjoying celebrations of a different kind with one of our Church families. As part of our Sunday morning service we were celebrating with Gillian Glover, one of St Mary’s Church Wardens and giving thanks for the birth of her granddaughter Nora Rose Gillespie.
Nora lives in New York with her parents, James and Chrissy and was baptised earlier this year at 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church in Manhattan. Sadly not all the members of their family from the UK were able to travel to the America to join them for this ceremony, including two of Nora’s Godparents, so it was wonderful that they were able to be with us at St Mary’s for this special occasion.
James attended St Mary’s when he was growing up and it was fantastic for the church family here at St Mary’s to be able to share in this Thanksgiving service for his daughter.
Following the service there was a time for everyone to get together, chatting with old friends and making new ones, and to enjoy tea and coffee along with a slice of cake. This beautiful cake was baked by Sam Sutherland, a friend and member of St Mary’s church family.