Baptisms young and youngish! :-)

On Sunday 1st of November, in each service we had baptisms. Two were grand daughters of Eileen and Murray Irvine, their daughters having been baptised here and the tradition continues for their recent family additions! Notes from the family included comments of how they felt so welcome, were so comfortable and felt really celebrated and embraced. These sound normal until you realise the Irvine clan was several dozen, the multiple other young kids making a concert of lovely noise and somehow we just kept laughing, going through it and enjoying it as it came!

Another was Lily Nguyen! Lily and Long and their kids moved here from Vietnam and discovered St Christopher’s through our ESOL classes (ministry). They soon came along to church, got involved in several areas and began the journey of processing this “Jesus!” In an awesome short time, Lily wanted to be baptised. Michael (our vicar) was taken aback. How, what how? Then he began inquiring… well, a host of authentic relationships, people inviting, including, loving, relating has provided the same place and space, authentic relationships and we’re talking 6-7 – exactly what we’ve learned is so often the magic number of real caring friendships involved in people coming to faith.

Simultaneously this Day, we celebrated the triduum of Hallowmas, the three days of Hallows Eve, All Saints and All Souls. You can hear about that on the sermon through the sermon link at the top of the page, or click on the YouTube link at the bottom. On our channel, you can listen (even subscribe) or watch… BUT this lovely chord that one would think is disharmonious actually holds one another well… the fragile ness of being human, the loss of loved ones, the admiration of heroes, and the celebration of baptism (new life) alongside the processing those who’ve gone ahead.

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