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“Be baptised!”

Lydia Townley shares her experience of baptism: “I was baptised eight years ago in the sea in Cornwall. I was eleven years old at the time and the youngest of the eight people baptised that day. My church had a service on the beach and a crowd was drawn to the singing. Others watched from the pier wondering what was going on. I remember it was a grey gloomy day and the sea was rough. I got baptised because I wanted to make a public declaration that I was a Christian and also to deepen my faith. In preparation for the day my father, who was also the pastor of the church, went through with me what baptism was about. I was very excited about it, though nervous as well. I spent the week before writing down what I was going to say on the day. As I look back on my baptism now I see how it strengthened my faith and brought me closer to God. To anyone considering baptism I would say ‘do it – what’s stopping you?’ It’s a great experience and only good can come from it.

In Acts 8:37 the Ethiopian man said, ‘Look, here is water. Why shouldn’t I be baptised?’

Every term we have a baptism service at Riverside House in the garden. We take baptism seriously because the Bible (and Jesus himself) clearly indicates that water baptism is an important and significant part of following Jesus. In preparation, someone from the pastoral team will meet with each person beforehand to go through what baptism is about. We encourage each one to invite friends and family along as it is such a special occasion. The baptisms are always so genuine and heartfelt – particularly the testimonies telling of God’s love and grace in their lives. After the baptism service we enjoy a bring-and-share meal together.