Luke 15:7 tells us that there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. A baptismal service is a celebration on earth of a person’s decision to follow Jesus. It commemorates their repentance and faith and symbolically points to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ; as the person is submerged in water, this symbolises the death of their old life, their death to self, and as they are brought up out of the water,  this symbolises the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, His triumph over death and sin, and the new life that He then bestows to us.(Romans 6)

A baptismal service is therefore one of the most joyful services ever held in church, and we are thrilled to be holding such a service this afternoon at 5 p.m. We will be baptising Jade in the name of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as Jesus commanded us to do and we will be celebrating with her the life-changing choice she has made to follow Jesus.

If you’ve never seen a baptism by full immersion, do come along to this service and find out more about following Jesus.

As with all true celebrations, we will be holding a buffet meal afterwards.

Getting the tank ready for the service