Public baptisms to take place in Burnley

Public baptisms to take place in Burnley

Public baptisms to take place in Burnley

First published in News

YOUNG worshippers are set to be publicly ‘baptised’ in a Burnley town centre ceremony to proclaim their faith tonight.

Between 20 and 30 young people have been meeting every Sunday at Burnley Central Methodist Church, in Hargreaves Street.

So with the assistance of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, church youth leaders will fill a large tank for the Sunday evening event.

The ‘baptism’ will be by full immersion, compared to a traditinal Anglican or Catholic sprinkling or pouring of water, over the recipient.

Rev Phil Clarke said: “Some of our circuit young people wish to be baptised by full immersion as testimony to their recently found faith in Jesus.

“For those baptised as children this will be a rededication with water.

“It is a powerful symbolic event and we would like to make this as public as possible - not cloistered away inside a church.

“Jesus’ baptism was public, not a private splash in front of adoring families with cameras!”

Mr Clarke confirmed that originally four young people were going to be involved and there were now two, who would each be ‘rededicated’.

He said that the Burnley circuit, which covers nine churches, also including Briercliffe Road, Brierfield, Brunshaw, Greenbrook, Hapton, Padiham Road, Parkside and Wheatley Lane, was welcoming growing numbers of young people.

And he added: “Many of them have no previous religious convictions and have developed a vibrant faith and want to express that."

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7:00pm Sun 31 Aug 14

doylerf says...

Christians, as bad as Muslims since the fiction began.
Christians, as bad as Muslims since the fiction began. doylerf
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12:46am Mon 1 Sep 14

Graham Hartley says...

From four to two. Such attrition. Yet not quite the attrition we read about among the disciples. Jesus predicted that all of them would deny Him. Peter's repeated denials such a source of... well, 'regret' conveys the ambiguity so useful to the faithful.
From four to two. Such attrition. Yet not quite the attrition we read about among the disciples. Jesus predicted that all of them would deny Him. Peter's repeated denials such a source of... well, 'regret' conveys the ambiguity so useful to the faithful. Graham Hartley
  • Score: -3
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