Logo

 

Banner Image:   National-News-banner-Purple
Template Mode:   Baptist Times
Icon
    Post     Tweet

Baptismal blessings over Easter 

Hundreds of baptisms have taken place in Baptist churches across the country in recent weeks


Mikey baptism300Easter Sunday is traditionally a day when many choose to profess their faith in Jesus through the waters of baptism, and this year was no exception. The number of baptisms communicated to The Baptist Times has already exceeded that of 2013.

In London members of the Royal Docks Community Church followed the example of their Baptist forefathers 400 years ago. Back then the first English Baptists would walk from Spitalfields to Tower Hill and conduct their baptisms in the River Thames. On Easter Sunday Mikey Mann (pictured) and Joey Allgood also took to the Thames to be baptised, in Lyle Park, West Silvertown.

A further three baptisms - Natasha Foster, Didi Daudia and Jayne Randall – took place in the Britannia Village Hall, Canning Town where the church meets each Sunday.

At Bridgnorth Baptist Church in Shropshire the Revd Stephen Derges shared how two women with ‘completely different experiences of salvation’ were baptised on the Sunday evening. Kim Edmunds was a total stranger to Christian thinking and had dabbled in spiritualism and the occult but then had a ‘marvelous experience’ of Jesus. Debbie Wellings had Christian parents who attended another church. She went through a painful divorce which left her angry and unforgiving until she finally understood the forgiveness Jesus gives.

‘Remarkable stories, remarkable Jesus,’ said Stephen.

A moving morning service took place at Grangetown Baptist Church in Cardiff on Easter Sunday, when Darren Hiatt, 40, was baptised. ‘His declaration of faith in Jesus was clear,’ said church elder Elfed Godding. ‘Having lost his sight as a child Darren has had to face many challenges but his faith in Christ is a living example of the hope of the Gospel.’

On Palm Sunday yet more encouraging baptisms took place at Newbury Baptist Church. Teenagers Bethany Buckingham and Bethany Edwards invited more than 30 friends to witness their baptism. A week earlier they had been interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire. Married couple Toby and Linda-Jean Ford were also baptised. 

‘The baptisms have been a great opportunity for us to celebrate together as a church family the amazing journey that they have been on and the work Christ has done in their lives,’ said children’s and youth worker Scott Perchard.

‘It was also a fantastic opportunity for the girls to talk to friends about their faith and seeing more than 30 teenagers packed into the baptism service, many for the first time, was a huge encouragement for the whole church, going to show that often our most gifted youth evangelists are our young people!’
 
Around 3,500 baptisms are reported to our Union via the annual return each year. 


Baptisms are reported in the Weekly Round-up each week, and a full list of baptisms notified to The Baptist Times appears on the website.

Has your church had a baptism recently? If you would like to share, please report any baptisms to phobson@baptist.org.uk
 

Baptist Times, 30/04/2014
    Post     Tweet
Tens of thousands of Christians across Britain united to pray as part of the National Day of Prayer and Action on Sunday
A number of Baptist churches opened as emergency centres; others have been flooded; prayer points offered
Tributes have been paid to British Baptist Paul Montacute, who has died in Virginia, USA after a long illness
Sally Mann provides an update on a partnership project between Baptists Together and Spurgeon’s College to create a suite of new units to train missional leaders and pioneers
The popular website www.christianity.org.uk has relaunched with a brand new look for 2020 – and every church has been encouraged to link it
Northern Baptist College and The Light Project College begin new partnership to form evangelists and pioneers as nationally accredited Baptist ministers
     Latest News 
    Posted: 16/12/2019
    Posted: 10/07/2019
    Posted: 25/06/2019
    Posted: 07/06/2019