First public baptisms take place in Burnley

First public baptisms take place in Burnley

First public baptisms take place in Burnley

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by

BURNLEY’S first public baptisms saw young and old alike proclaim their faith last night.

Three worshippers at Burnley Central Methodist Church, in Hargreaves Street, took the plunge into Christianity in front of dozens of onlookers.

Rev Phil Clarke, who did the baptisms, said the act was ‘about following the example of Jesus Christ’.

Teenagers Daniel Tattersall, 18, and Adam Gore, 17, were fully immersed in a heptagonal pool set up outside the church by Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service.

Fellow churchgoer Keith Rawlinson, 62, was also re-dedicated in a ceremony inside the church due to his ill health.

Rev Clarke, who has been with the Burnley church for four years, said there was a growing youth section that wanted to affirm their faith.

He said: “We have up to 30 teenagers at our weekly youth section meetings, but it’s more than just a youth club.

“Most of these children don’t come from church-going families, but now they are experiencing God in their lives.

“I have performed many baptisms but never anything like this before.”

Mr Tattersall, from Duke Bar, said he had been going to the church for three years and had no hesitation in receiving a public baptism. He said: “God has changed my life permanently and I want to show my apprec-iation.

“He has been there for me in good times and bad times.

“I made up my mind straight away and I’ve been looking forward to it.”

Mr Gore, from the Stoops estate, added: “For me it was something that, when they first mentioned it, I had to think about really hard.

“Now I want to share with other people that God is the way. He’s made huge difference to my life.”

Customers at Mojitos bar, across the road from the church, were among those who watched the baptism, with several people filming the rare event on their phones.

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12:34pm Mon 1 Sep 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

At least with all that water we know they have nice washed brains
At least with all that water we know they have nice washed brains HelmshoreMan2010
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4:32pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Ossyosssyossy says...

What a load of ****!!
What a load of ****!! Ossyosssyossy
  • Score: -8

8:46pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Shane says...

"Customers at Mojitos bar, across the road from the church, were among those who watched the baptism, with several people filming the rare event on their phones."

Class
"Customers at Mojitos bar, across the road from the church, were among those who watched the baptism, with several people filming the rare event on their phones." Class Shane
  • Score: 2

12:02am Tue 2 Sep 14

EYESINTHESKY says...

Ossyosssyossy wrote:
What a load of ****!!
Next, maybe, they could chuck a bucket of cold water with some carbolic soap down your filthy mouth. Doubt it'd clean it up, though.
[quote][p][bold]Ossyosssyossy[/bold] wrote: What a load of ****!![/p][/quote]Next, maybe, they could chuck a bucket of cold water with some carbolic soap down your filthy mouth. Doubt it'd clean it up, though. EYESINTHESKY
  • Score: 1

12:03am Tue 2 Sep 14

EYESINTHESKY says...

Ossyosssyossy wrote:
What a load of ****!!
I mean, you obviously don't have much respect for yourself clearly using such language.
[quote][p][bold]Ossyosssyossy[/bold] wrote: What a load of ****!![/p][/quote]I mean, you obviously don't have much respect for yourself clearly using such language. EYESINTHESKY
  • Score: 1

6:46am Tue 2 Sep 14

Graham Hartley says...

"...following the example of Jesus Christ."

Was Jesus baptised in Burnley? I can't find any record on YouTube.
"...following the example of Jesus Christ." Was Jesus baptised in Burnley? I can't find any record on YouTube. Graham Hartley
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11:07pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Graham Hartley says...

"heptagonal" - with seven sides (edges) and thought so pure, with both Greek roots. Septagon, the bastardised Latin-Greek.
"heptagonal" - with seven sides (edges) and thought so pure, with both Greek roots. Septagon, the bastardised Latin-Greek. Graham Hartley
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