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Baptisms in Birchington-on-Sea

A Salvationist, a Catholic, an Anglican and a Baptist walked into the sea.... No, it’s not the opening line to a joke, writes the Revd Bob Goode, but what happened at Minnis Bay, Birchington on Sunday 20 August

Birchington500Over the last few years God has been bringing folk from all sorts of church backgrounds to Birchington Baptist Church, and so, in May we held a welcome evening to encourage them to meet up.

This was followed by some of them undertaking the 'Baptism, Belonging and Breaking Bread' course, from which four felt called to baptism.

One of them became a Christian on Easter Sunday, and the other three come from very diverse backgrounds, which has been very exciting.

They expressed a wish (or at least a willingness) to be baptised in the sea! So, on Sunday morning, about 130 church, family and friends (boosted by onlookers), celebrated, as they confessed their faith in Jesus and were baptised. 

Baptist Times, 25/08/2017
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Allan Finnegan, minister of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Netherton, on a baptism due to take place in November
In a truly ecumenical service celebrating our Baptist and Methodist roots 13 year old Tillie Palfreyman was baptised by the Revd Kevin Price
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The resurrection power of Jesus was demonstrated by a baptism at Nansen Road Baptist Church, Ipswich
Normanton Baptist Church held its first baptisms for 20 years recently, reports secretary Eve Faunch
Community Chaplain Esther Day, working with the Revd Neal Smith and the team at London Road Baptist Church in Lowestoft, had the privilege of baptising another three people recently
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