A bucket full of baptism

3rd October 2020
There’s a first time for everything and that was certainly the case for Cliff Park Community Church, Gorleston  when young mum, Jayne Murdoch, was baptised by the bucket load on September 27thTony Mallion reports.  Pictures courtesy of Suzie Coldman

For many years, adult full immersion baptisms at Cliff Park have been carried out in the nearby sea but with the severe stormy weather and choppy waves last weekend Minister Mike Simm took the last minute precaution to stay safely at the water’s edge on the beach and use a bucket of seawater instead

The service had already been postponed from earlier in the summer because of Covid-19 restrictions but Jayne was determined to make this public demonstration of her Christian faith. “Jayne might have had this on her bucket list – but I don’t think she ever expected this !” said Mike

Wearing a colourful facemask Jayne bravely knelt to make her declaration of faith and then have the cold water tipped over her. She was watched by an invited group of family and friends, including supporters from the church. Normally there would be a far larger crowd of well-wishers but numbers had to be carefully restricted to comply with the current guidelines

The ceremony took place a shortly before the Sunday morning guest service broadcast via Zoom. The baptism was filmed by CPCC member Rob Lancaster and then shown to everyone as part of the service

Jayne, a mother of three children, explained how she was introduced to Jesus through attending the weekly parent and toddler house group. She became a Christian through an Alpha course and has since gone on to help lead another recent Alpha

Cliff Park Community Church was set up by St Andrew’s Parish and Gorleston Baptist churches 21 years ago and is based at Cliff Park Junior School. At the moment Sunday services and other activities are continuing using Zoom but a return to the school for those who want to meet together is planned to happen  soon


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